Thursday, December 1, 2016

Books is good gifts

The only gifts I've given out that the recipient didn't like are gift cards, which they used to call gift certificates.  It's the least you can do.  And I've rarely given them out.  They say Prancer mauls people who give out gift cards, but it could just be a rumor. For the really out of it, Prancer is one of Santa's reindeer.

On the other hand no one has punched me or even acted angry when I've given them books.  So, if you're trying to decide what to give out for Christmas, let me suggest some of my books.  Crass commercialism? Probably.   For those who want to pick up something immediately, I'll also mention that at least some of my books are available in Chicago at Quimby's Bookstore.  In Denver at Broadway Book Mall. and in Tucson at Mostly Books on Speedway. Everything is available on Amazon.  Most near everything is available through any bookstore that can order through Ingram Distribution.  And a lot of my stuff is available  at Book Depository, which is an English outfit that ships worldwide.  If you don't see it, ask.  

Bonded Agent, my most recent book, is a science fiction novel about a Martian insurance adjustor.

Heat of the Midday Sun is an anthology I edited of weird western horror stories.  

The Martian Anthology is an anthology of science fiction stories involving everyone's favorite planet.

Gunslingers & Ghost Stories is one of my better selling endeavors. It's western ghost stories.

Six Guns Straight From Hell 2 is another anthology of weird westerns.

Low Noon is an out of print weird western anthology that's still around from used book stores.

The Devil Draws Two is a collection of three novels [that's novels, not short stories] in one big book. This is the entire history of Miles O'Malley thus far, anyway. Set in 1880, it's a ripping good adventure through the Wild West.

Buy some books.  And remember, no one who put books under the tree has ever been mauled by Prancer. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holiday decorating

Spent yesterday putting up Christmas lights and helping my dad do his at his house.  Both houses look pretty good, me thinks.  Nothing really fancy. I like to used the trees and shrubs in a yard and rarely run lights along the eves of a building.  I'm not really into little elves dancing around or nativity scenes, either.  Maybe I keep things too simple, but it's my house and I'll do it the way I want.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Jury Duty continued

Well, I still don't know what it's like to be on a jury.  We were told they don't need us and we have to come back next month and try again. At least you can call in and see if they need you before driving downtown.

Random thoughts:

Why do they think our time is valueless?  They only pay $12 a day.  That's a day, amigos, not an hour.  I guess we may get some mileage as well, but they're kind of vague on that.  

If they had comely lasses who go around and give neck rubs that would make it a lot more popular--at least with me.   A golden retriever to play ball with would be nice.  But money would do it.  Self employed people like truck drivers or plumbers lose a lot of money going in  to jury duty. Until they actually fairly compensate people for their time, people are not going to want to do this. I doubt anyone cares.  Free parking doesn't exist in downtown Tucson. Free parking would help.  Or they could send bus vouchers.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Civic Duty

I'm scheduled to report for jury duty on Monday.  People have been asking me "Can you get out of it?"  Of course I could get out of it. I don't want to.  Back in Colorado I used to get jury notices every year like clockwork. I would simply throw them away. Nothing ever happened.  No one came to arrest me. I didn't get any letters from the court. Absolutely nothing happened.  

But, the down side is, if I were on trial, I wouldn't want everyone thumbing their nose at the jury system.  So  I have decided to report and if I am placed on a jury to do whatever it is juries do. I'll post about it next week if anything comes of it.

Now, as for getting out. That's not hard.  If you're placed on a panel, just tell the judge he must be guilty or he wouldn't be sitting there. They would have no choice but to get rid of you on bias. I once knew someone who showed up with an aluminum foil helmet to protect himself from aliens probing his mind. They knew it was a scam, but what are they going to do?  Back before they banned smoking my dad just went and got a doctor's letter that the cigarette smoke was making him sick--and was a true reason they couldn't argue about.

Stay tuned.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Senior Discount

I got a senior discount this morning at breakfast.  I find that depressing.  Most people are thrilled at getting discounts.  Thing is, I'm not a senior according to the menu.  That's what's depressing. And I certainly didn't ask for it.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Still Sort of Non Commercial

One thing I like about Thanksgiving is it's sort of non commercial.  True, it's centered around a large meal, but having a meal with friends and family doesn't seem commercial like the crass commercialism of Christmas. They had Christmas decorations up well before Halloween.  That's perverse.  So, the fact you don't have to put up lights on your house or wrap gifts, I view as a good thing.  

So, when the Great Turkey comes by your house with bags of cranberries and boxes of stuffing, give him a "Howdy Hi Ho" and enjoy your meal.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Are We Thankful Yet?

This past year has been a year of tremendous change.  I sold my house in Colorado and moved to Arizona. I even planted two ash trees in my new yard.  I lived in a condo before and did not really have a yard.