Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 30 October 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 4 November 2006 3:45 p.m.
at work the Firm celebrated one of the founding member's birthday. He
turned 90 years old and looks every bit of 75. He still comes to the
office, plays tennis, and has a mind as sharp as a tack.
I had a hair cut appointment after work followed by the usual errand
running while on that side of town. I just got home about twenty
As I mentioned last week I am reading the newest David Handler, Mitch
and Mitry mystery. The book starts out with the clubbing death of Pete,
the town homeless man who collects cans and bottles from the recycling
bins. Coincidently he is found dead in the woods located just past the
driveway of the wealthy Dorset community home of Poochie Vickers. And,
her prized Mercedes Goldwing had been stolen from the garage about the
same time as the murder took place.
In the meantime, the subplot of the romance between film critic Mitch
Berger and state trooper Desiree Mitry according to village gossip is
on the fritz. Rumor has it that she turned him down to the marriage
proposal...or rumor has it he turned her down. Mitch is trying to help
a local young girl get her first novel published but is concerned about
the plot being real or fiction as to whether or not she was really the
victim of sexual abuse as a teenager. As Des starts to uncover the
truths behind Pete's death she learns the homeless man was quite
wealthy but living like a bum in an old trailer behind the gas station.
Nobody's talking to Des as to what the true story is behind Pete's
life. As usual there are lots of suspects, subplots of romance between
several characters, and an equal number of offensive characters to keep
the book rolling along.
31 October 2006
Another month gone from the calendar. We just
had the dogs out for their after dinner walk. Lots of young kids doing
the trick or treat thing. I went to the gym after work which makes
dinner a little later than usual. When we first moved in the
neighborhood we did not have a lot of families with young kids. It was
mostly punks out causing trouble. We started keeping the lights out and
staying inside to avoid them.
The past several years has seen an increase in young families. We stood
outside talking with Kim for a few minutes with the dogs. Malcolm barks
at the children so I brought him back in. A lot of the of adults taking
their kids around standing in the curb. Some adults are dressed up
handing out candy from the front porch. It looks very much like it did
when I was a kid.
We shall spend the evening watching some Jeeves and Wooster.
1 November 2006
2 November 2006
It has really been a slow news week. I did
not have much if anything to post about last night. I did finish the
David Handler and started Out of the
Ruins by Sally Wright. The book has been out since 2003 but I
recently purchased it when Marcia and I went on
a buying spree at Mystery
Loves Company last time we were up. Her character Ben Reese works
as an archivist at a small university in Ohio. Early books by Wright
have been set in England and Scotland. This time she has chosen a small
island off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island, as her setting. The
island actually exists as a National Seashore by the National Park
Along with mysterious deaths readers will enjoy "visiting" the island
with descriptions of the plant and animal life. Ben visits to the
island to assist a former student in learning the secret behind her
aunt's death who was a renowned Scottish academic professor. Her
sister, bedridden with MS tells Ben of a late night intruder just
before she dies of supposed natural causes. Ben stumbles upon some
gruesome family history during his investigation as he tries to solve
the murder and try to keep land developers from coming in and taking
over the island.
3 November 2006
4 September 2006
I went out to dinner last night with the
folks and Frances. I didn't even come back to check my mail when I got
Bob got up with the dogs this morning letting me sleep in until 8:30. I
did the weekly house cleaning then took the dogs out for a little play
time. We visited with Mimi and her dogs for a few minutes then it was
time to tackle the yard. Lots of leaves came down this week. I finished
up the front then took a lunch break before doing the back. The grass
was not all that high but I went ahead and mowed. I cut back some stuff
that got hit by the freeze last night, trimmed back the hosta and
general plant maintenance.
The weather today is beautiful though a bit chilly. Mid forties with
sunshine and clear blue skies. Cold again tonight.
I shall finish out the afternoon working here at my desk and relaxing.
5 November 2006
Greetings. The dogs woke us up around 7:15. I
read the paper then took off about 8:40 to pick up dad for golf. We had
a very hard freeze last night but temperatures were warming up nicely
by the time we got to the course.
We only played nine to give me time to do some gardening for dad after
lunch. I weeded the bed at the top of their hill in back then planted
30 or 40 spring bulbs. I blew leaves from the hill and mulched those up
with dads vacuum to throw on top of the bulbs. Dad's lawn guys can dump
his leaves in there for the next few weeks so we can spread them in the
bed. I sprayed round up in the rest of the bed. I can put some flowers
in there next spring.
I left their house to stop by Frances' on the way home. She needed help
putting something together and had made Bob some egg salad for his
Last night I finished up the Out of
Ruins. We have a very large stack of reserves to come in from
the library so I shall be reading from those for awhile.
Enjoy what's left of your Sunday.
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