Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 13 February 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 19 February 2006 12:20 p.m.
the weekend I read the newest Lee Harris mystery, Murder in Alphabet City. Harris
writes two series, this one being her newest with only a couple of
titles, is set in Manhattan featuring NYPD detective Jane Bauer. Jane
recently began working on a team who investigate cold cases. In this
one, the team starts out investigating the death of a reclusive
schizophrenic. The team knows it has very little chance of solving what
appears to be a case of suicide by starvation with most of the tenants
not longer living in the apartment complex and very few other leads.
However, while investigating the case Jane learns the social worker
responsible for the guy also committed suicide not longer after. When
the team finally stumbles upon a couple of possible key connections to
the social worker they end up dead.
While I like Harris' other series featuring ex-nun Christine Bennett
with all holiday titles her new series is superb. These police
procedurals are well written with a lot of depth to the plot and
I am now reading the next book in the Dido Hoare series by Marianne
MacDonald, Road Kill.
In addition to getting in a lot of reading I watched a great deal of
the Olympics. A local young man from Greensboro won in the speed
skating either last night or today, I cannot remember. Bob has the
local stations live report of the action on the Olympics right now.
14 February 2006
15 February 2006
First I would like to wish a very happy
birthday to two of my friends, Marcia and my
Speaking of work, I am hard at work on the destruction project. Today
was a busy day physically as well as mentally.
Last night I made the 6:30 spin class making it rather late by the time
I got back home and taking time to check my mail. I flipped back and
forth between the Duke/Wake Forest game and the Olympics until 9:30
then went on to bed to read.
Tomorrow morning dad is having out patient surgery on his right hand
for carpel tunnel and something else to do with an area just below his
thumb. Hopefully this will restore the circulation back into his hand
which has been causing a lot of dexterity problems as well as not being
able to withstand the cold temperatures.
I will pick him and mom up around 9:30 to take them over. The surgery
is not supposed to take very long. If all goes well he should be home
by 1:00 so that I can go on to work.
Tomorrow night I need to do the weekly shopping plus make a library and
pet store run so I doubt I will be back again before Friday.
16 February 2006
17 February 2006
Dad's hand surgery went fine. He is still
pretty tough for 83. I had him and mom back home by 1:15 making it to
work by 1:30. Until he starts rehab next week I have no idea how long
he will be out of commission concerning golf and yard activities.
I started reading a new series last night, the Hamish
Macbeth mysteries written by M. C. Beaton. The first two books in
the series are not available in the library which start in 1985 so I
had to settle for beginning with number three Death of an Outsider. Bob said the
Hamish mysteries are similar to Rhys Bowen's Evan Evans series the main
difference being they are set in Scotland as opposed to Wales. I
like to keep several series going at one time so I can switch back and
Well, just another normal weekend for me. We do not get Monday off for
President's Day. Our next holiday will be Memorial Day the end of May
but I have a week of vacation planned for the second week of May. It
will be a long haul until I get time off again other than the weekends
unless I take a day between now and then.
Bob called this afternoon to tell me it was 77 degrees outside. With
forecast lows tonight to be 39 and a chance of sleet/rain for tomorrow
it has to start dropping pretty fast. As of right now it is still a
balmy 55 degrees.
18 February 2006
As Bob posted on his page this morning, our friend Mary Chervenak
entered an essay contest. Please read her wonderful, funny story and
vote by following the link below. I read all five essays and, in MHO,
hers is by far the funniest. Hearing Paul and Mary recite many of
their real life camping adventures I bet this one may be based on
an actual experience.
This morning when I left for the gym at 8:30 it was cloudy with
temperatures about 40 degrees. When I came out of the gym at 10am it
was pouring snow. It has been snowing steadily since but the ground is
too warm for it to stick. The rain/sleet/snow event is to continue for
most of today and into tonight but with very little in the way of
accumulation due the warm ground temperatures.
I am modeling again today, hands of course, as Bob builds a new system
for the next edition of Building the Perfect PC. In between modeling I
will watch some Olympics, maybe the Bush race from Florida and perhaps
some golf this afternoon. I also want Bob to get me started on writing
some of the constellation chapters for the new astronomy book.
The weekly cleaning chores are completed. I
am working on various projects including paying bills and organizing
the Friends of Library notebook having just taken over the job of
The Daytona 500 starts at 1:30. We did not finish getting Bob's
computer built yesterday which we shall complete this afternoon.
Around 4:45 we are picking up mom and dad from their house then
stopping by Pizza Hut to pick up some food on the way to Frances and
Al's for dinner.
The day dawned sunny and cold. It is not to climb out of the 30's
today. So far, we have been fortunate to get either cold or wet but not
both at the same time. While I love snow, I am glad we have not had an
ice storm thus far.
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