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Have I mentioned how much I love this song?
I was staying at the Marriott
With Jesus and John Wayne
I was waiting for a chariot
They were waiting for a train
The sky was full of carrion
"I'll take the mazuma"
Said Jesus to Marion
"That's the 3:10 to Yuma
My ride's here..."

The Houston sky was changeless
We galloped through bluebonnets
I was wrestling with an angel
You were working on a sonnet
You said, "I believe the seraphim
Will gather up my pinto
And carry us away, Jim
Across the San Jacinto
My ride's here..."

Shelley and Keats were out in the street
And even Lord Byron was leaving for Greece
While back at the Hilton, last but not least
Milton was holding his sides
Saying, "You bravos had better be
ready to fight
Or we'll never get out of East Texas tonight
The trail is long and the river is wide
And my ride's here"

I was staying at the Westin
I was playing to a draw
When in walked Charlton Heston
With the Tablets of the Law
He said, "It's still the Greatest Story"
I said, "Man, I'd like to stay
But I'm bound for glory
I'm on my way
My ride's here..."

Hey, look, a haiku:

Friday morning. Yawn.
I do not want to do work;
I want to sleep now.

So yesterday I finished two books. I finished my "bus book," i.e., the book I read on my bus rides back and forth to work, Fast Food Nation. I need to lose weight anyway so giving up fast food now is completely good. Besides, I feel terrible eating it, even before I recognized some of the ramifications of doing so. I feel so much better when I cook for myself or go to a smaller place where the workers and owners are just hard-working people struggling to get by. It further made me contemplate giving up beef - some of the stuff about meatpacking plants is really disturbing. It's not beef necessarily; I found it interesting that the workers enjoy packing meat for the EU because their standards are most rigorous. My new bus book is Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling, a collection of his NY Times and other columns. I find I prefer non-fiction on the bus for some reason; I find it a little easier to pick up & put down.

I stayed up later than I should last night and finished Mort by Terry Pratchett. It's a wonderful fun book. I've been trying to read the Diskworld series in order of publication, but I've already jumbled it (The Truth was the first one I actually read; I also read Eric one evening after buying it at a library book sale). I'm liable to do it a bit more as I have taken out the highly recommended Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky from the library. I plan on reading the first one, as well as Nick Hornby's newest novel A Long Way Down, this weekend. Both should be quick reads. I like Nick Hornby's writing (About a Boy is a favorite of mine), but I've heard disappointing things about this one. We'll see.

Books read 2005: 51


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 24th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Do you own Fast Food Nation or is it library?
I'd like to read that one.
Jun. 24th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Library. Sorry.
Jun. 24th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
Darn....I need to start taking the kids to the library with school out....I could take it out myself I guess.
Jun. 24th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, I obviously and completely agree.
Jun. 24th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ok..those lyrics are just plain awesome. I will have to find a way to hear this song! Jesus, John Wayne, Byron and Milton all reffed in the same song?

Ooh..i keep meaning to read "Wee Free Men", i hear good things about it too
Jun. 24th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a wonderful song.

rosepurr and tbec make frequent reference to Wee Free Men, which completely flies over my head. This cannot stand. ;)
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