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February 2006: Book Reviews

This is an archive of my shorter book reviews and notes, which historically have been posted over at the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal, but which I’m starting to move over here. I’m posting them with altered date-stamps, but they might show up in my LiveJournal cross-post anyway. Bear with me, please.

Note: Many of these books also have full reviews available in the book review podcast (RSS).
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Nothing Happened in Davis

Click here for the movie! (MPEG-4 format)

Saturday, February 24, 2006, 1:15 PM. My friend Molly and I were walking down the street in Davis, California, heading for my car, which was parked in front of the Golden 1 Credit Union. As we approached, I noticed a cop car parked very haphazardly on the side street we were on. I looked ahead and saw a uniformed police officer behind a tree, holding what Molly identified as an M-16.

Now, this is not the first time I have encountered a gun. In my experience, guns are an unpredictable factor in life. If you are in a situation in which there is a gun, the chances are you are not in control of the situation. Especially if you’re in favor of gun control and don’t actually own or use guns.

The point is, when I see a situation in which guns are involved, I slow down and become a lot more cautious, a lot more careful to make sure I remain safe and out of the likely locations of gunplay. I am the kind of person who sees a cop with a gun out and stops before proceeding.

Molly sped up.

The previous weekend, my husband and I had witnesses a police raid in Tracy, California. I was so scared, expecting at any second for the situation to turn into a shoot-out, that I forgot to grab the videocamera. So, Molly and I reached a compromise about half a block away from the police officer, and I pulled out the video camera. The footage here is what happened (or didn’t happen) in downtown Davis on Saturday.

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Fish club meeting

video thumbnailSun 02/26/2006 19:36 Fish

Went to a meeting of the betta club yesterday.

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