2. The book club I belong to (Hi calico_reaction! o/ ) has really challenged me. :) Which is great. It also makes me want to read more - which was the point. However, I don't always want to read the books that the organizer suggests. :( Also, zombies? really? *sigh*
3. Also, with a shout out to calico_reaction, she has stated that she does not like humor in her SF/F. I am boggled by this. I find so much in life inherently funny or sad. I would rather read about the funny stuff. Also, without humor, everything would be so....horrible. And depressing. So, humor in media that you consume? Good or not? And why???
4. It has been an interesting week in California (Prop 8 struck down) and NY (mosque approved for lower Manhattan near Ground Zero). I think this quote is still appropriate for how I think of America:
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've got to want it bad, because it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil who is standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the 'land of the free'? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the 'land of the free.'"
5. Recently got back from a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Wonder. Wow. It was a perfect vacation. Danny and I do not drink or gamble (both activities tend to be popular on cruises). Disney has no casinos on board, and never felt any pressure to order alcohol. The kids activities are highly structured and are enough out of the way that we never felt bothered by kids running around until the last day or so of the cruise. There were lots of adult activities to do, we were never really bored. Also, Castaway Cay? Soooo nice. :)