For our discussion of Lake Wobegon, I propose we head up to South Fork Park again. We can meet at my place around 6:30 or 7PM on Thursday, July 21 and carpool up to the park. I can fit three comfortably, four with a little crowding in the back. I'll supply the firewood to get us started and the fixins for s'mores for everyone. It would be helpful to get a headcount so I make sure I bring enough chocolate (if such a thing as 'enough' chocolate is ever possible).
Does this sound good? Any objections/counter suggestions/complaints/etc?
Let's meet at my place and head out to the lake at 7. I think the cool temp will keep the mosquitos down but I will have bug spray just in case. On the way out or back we could get a bucket of fried chicken because that is the easiest bird I can think of to eat.
1. The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A collection of tales of the supernatural. None of which feature Sherlock Holmes, but the two that I've read before are pretty kick-butt.
2. Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal Explains the science behind why games are good for us--why they make us happier, more creative, more resilient, and better able to lead others in world-changing efforts. Wait, is this for real?
3. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
I sure get a bang out of Dickens' use of the English Language, but find most of his books way too long. This one looks more manageable.
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I don't know anything about this, except it was Kara's favorite book for a long time.
5. Norwood by Charles Portis
This is the first book by the guy that wrote True Grit.
I decided to take a different track this time around and not focus on literature but create a more eclectic mix.
1. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor This is a renomination of one from Brandon from an earlier round. I was listening to NPR a few days ago and heard a bit of Prairie Home Companion, making me want to read something Keillor.
Since Under a Wild Sky is the last book of round 4, it's time to start thinking about some more nominees. Let's get them all posted and voted on by the next time we meet at the end of this month. Myles, you gonna join us via skype from now on?
I propose a meeting of our happy few band of brothers, to be held on this 28th day of April. Some outdoor location I think will serve our purposes. The topics of discussion will be the fantastical romance of Twelfth Night, and that most harrowing of tragedies Antony and Cleopatra. Any ideas for unquiet meals to make ill our digestion are appreciated. Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast? Some pigeons, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws? And of course, the beer of root is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.
Although Jude may be one of the saddest stories around, we enjoyed ourselves. I can't believe I forgot my camera. Pictures of Toad in the Hole and Toad in the Bayou, baguettes with Havarti, M&M medley, and cinnamon rolls belong here, but are sadly missing!
Brandon asked if my new calling as bishop means that I will vanish from Manly Manliness. I hope not, but I'm not off to a great start. I found out this week that on Thursday I have to attend something called welfare council with all the other bishops in the stake. It starts at 8:30. I'll head straight to Jon's place if there's still time when my meeting is through.
On a more positive note, I've lined up funds to purchase a fire bowl for the back yard.