Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 24 October 2005
Latest Update: Saturday 30 October 2005
weather has finally decided to make an appearance in the Triad. I think
I forgot to mention on my page yesterday that the fairways at the golf
course had light frost. Although the temperatures did not get below
forty Saturday night, the golf course sits in a valley.
Last night it was down in the low 40's again and did not make it out
of the 40's all day. It was cloudy and windy with Wilma sitting just
off our coast. We did not get any rain from her on her way by. In the
meantime they had spotty reports of sleet/freezing rain/ snow in the
mountains of NC and VA today with freeze warnings in the mountains for
I finished up Murder In Hell's Kitchen which also brought a temporary
halt to reading of my TBR pile. I picked up around 8 to 10 reserves at
the library over the weekend. Bob started on them while I finished up
the Lee Harris.
I am now reading the newest Ayelet Waldman, Cradle Robbers. Juliet
Applebaum finds herself trying to solve the mystery of missing babies
who are taken into foster from moms serving short term sentences in a
nearby prison. The babies are supposed to be in temporary foster until
the mother is released from prison or handed over to a relative.
Instead, the babies are disappearing without a trace. Waldman injects
her humor as a mom trying to have a sleuthing career with a four month
old and two other small children, marriage to a horror film writer who
works all night and sleeps all day, and their live in a rambling old
house. Her partner, libertarian and former cop Al, adds his own brand
of humor while trying to make enough money to keep the practice open
which runs out of his rat infested garage. If you have not read this
series I strongly recommend giving it a try.
25 October 2005
Not much in the way of news. I sat up reading
last night until I finished the Ayelet Waldman. I am now reading
another Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks mystery, In A Dry Season. I am just several
chapters into it at this point. Banks has been sent to a nearby small
town to investigate some old bones found mired in the mud inside an old
out building. The funny twist on the location of the bones is the small
mill village where they were found was flooded back in the last 60's to
make a reservoir. It has now dried up revealing some of the buildings
the engineers did not take down before the creation.
Although I am covered up in projects at work things are not
nearly as grueling as they were last week...so far anyway.
We had a little frost on the pumpkins this morning otherwise it has
been cloudy and windy all day. We are to have these squally fronts come
through all week before things warm back up a little by the weekend.
26 October 2005
27 October 2005
Not really much in the way of news thus not
post last night. Other than work, busier than ever, reading Inspector
Banks, and going to the gym it has been just another normal week.
Please, everyone keep your fingers crossed for us regarding the weather
for this weekend. So far, we have decent forecasts for observing but
they so often go south by the time Friday evening and/or Saturday
evening roll around. It has been awhile since we have had the scope out
and I am ready to get some in some observing.
29 October 2005
The weather, as usual, went south on us last
night. So, instead of observing we stayed home and watched the first
season of The Vicar of Dibley.
Oh gosh, is this show funny. The British can get by with so much more
on TV than we can, believe it or not. It is not so much the words but
the inferences and second meanings. If you have not seen this series I
highly recommend it. If you do watch, be sure to let the credits role
to the end. At the end of each show the lead character and her side
kick tell a joke.
This morning I tidied up my office then ran errands. After lunch I
vacuumed and mowed the lawn. Hopefully the weather will hold up for
tonight. If so, we may try to get out under the stars. Other than a
little windy the weather has been great so far today. Coolish, with
temperatures in the high 50's to low 60's but that is still shirt
sleeve weather for me.
I trust everyone has a good night's rest with
an extra hour of sleep. We did a two hour session at Bullington last
night arriving home by 11:30. After setting the clocks back and playing
some ball with Malcolm I was in bed by 10:00. I finished reading In a Dry Season before calling it
We only managed to bag a few objects last night. Working on some very
hard to find objects located in the Milky Way made things rather
difficult and slow. Plus, a couple from the club came up to do some
visiting and looking at constellations. Between taking time to talk
with them and looking for objects we had a rather slow night.
The temperatures were really nice, chilly down into the 40's but no
The dogs let us sleep in this morning until 8:15. No golf. Mom and dad
took a short weekend bus trip with Frances and Al. Instead I ironed a
load of work pants and shirts I washed yesterday, brushed the dogs, and
This afternoon I will watch the NASCAR race from Atlanta and catch up
on some mail and reading on my side table. I am supposed to have dinner
with a couple of friends tonight but am waiting to hear on time and
We had toyed with the idea of doing a short observing session tonight
either at Bullington or in town at the soccer field but I do think so.
We can start doing week night stuff thought when it is clear now that
it gets dark so early.
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