Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Here's how to play this meme.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I dug out Death of a President, November 1963. I don't think I need to be warned about "spoilers" because if you don't know how this story ends, you never went to school as a child or haven't passed a magazine rack this month.

I haven't read this in, literally, decades. Conspiracy buffs discredited it so. But now, with advanced forensics having proven the lone gunman theory this book supports, I'm revisiting it and find myself appreciating it more. Manchester can be flowery at times, but for the most part he has the sense and sensitivity to not let his writer's ego get in the way of the story. 

For example, from page 33:

Maybe it was too much to ask those Dallas patrolmen in the vicinity of the warehouse to follow the example of New York policemen by turning their backs on the President to scan the overlooking windows -- in which event they, like the pedestrians around them, would have seen the waiting rifleman in the window. Perhaps every man did his duty and the blow could not have been averted.

November Challenge

Day 18 -- A problem you have had

This new credit card from the NASA Credit Union. They sent me a pre-approved application and so I said, "what the hell." The offer was lucrative (a low APR on balance transfers for life) and I do card marketing for a living so I wanted to see how they did.

THEY DO IT POORLY! First, it took forever for the card to arrive. They send the balance transfer checks under separate cover for security reasons. I get that. BUT IT'S BEEN A MONTH! Yesterday I called their 800 number and I was transferred three times and the conversation took 24 minutes. Nearly a half hour to be told, give it a few more days. Don't get me started on their website.

I'm not an astronaut. I don't know why they solicited me. And now I'm sorry they have.

Day 19 -- Five items you lust after

1) Is time an "item?" I ask because I really need more time this week.
2) Lots of Vitamin C skincare from The Body Shop. Especially the pre-measured capsules. I love that stuff!
3) A new iPod. I bought a Nano, and I accept it, but I lust after a real, old school iPod original.
4) A bathroom renovation.
5) A really nice new winter coat. The one I got is serviceable and an improvement over the one I had, but I'm not in love with it.