Joined Saturday, November 05, 2005
|Profile updated June 8, 2018
My life is sort of a mess at the moment: PLEASE check before mailing me anything.
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For those who have asked: thank you for your concern. The volcano that is erupting is on the southeast part of a different island, and is over 200 miles/300 kilometers away from Honolulu, where I live. Although it is truly terrible for those in the affected areas, especially those whose homes have been lost/damaged/isolated by the effects of the eruption, there has been very little physical impact here: even our air quality has not been significantly affected (thank you tradewinds!). Most of the BookCrossers I know in Hawaii live on Oahu - the same island I live on - and should not be directly impacted. BC'er JulieBarreto lives on the northwest side of Hawaii island: I have not been in contact with her but her area is not under threat from the volcano at this time.
More info: Hawaiian shield volcanoes are generally less dangerous than stratovolcanoes such as Italy's Vesuvius or Oregon's Mount St. Helens. While our lava flows can definitely be destructive and should never be taken lightly (it's wise to treat anything that hot with respect), Madam Pele usually allows enough time for you to get out of the way. My profound sympathies to those affected by the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego: lives are always more important than property and the human toll there is horrific.
I try to honor my BC commitments within a reasonable timeframe, but if you're expecting something from me and haven't gotten it yet, it never hurts to send me a friendly reminder PM!
(Please keep in mind that media mail to the US mainland can take 3 weeks or more; I generally try to include the USPS tracking information in the book's journal entry.)
Thanks to all the wonderful Bookcrossers out there!
You're the best. Really.
If you've send me a RABCK, of a book or anything else, please be assured that
I do appreciate it, very much.
The people on my friends list are mostly BookCrossers that I've actually met in person - it helps me keep track. If you've sent me a friend request and I didn't confirm it, that doesn't mean I don't like you. It just means I haven't met you IRL...yet! ;)
My profile is always a work in progress (there appears to be a character limit, which keeps my rambling somewhat in check), but I try to keep my wishlist up to date.
Profile pic created using Harold Lohner's Snowflake Monograms.
About my wishlist: if you'd like to send me a book from my wishlist I won't object(!), but that's not the main reason I keep a list. I try to keep it current so I can use it to help me keep track of what I'm interested in and/or looking for. Thanks to cliff1976 for his pioneering work on the original wishlist site.
This list may not be entirely up to date, but if you'd like to join
any of the ones marked with an asterisk (*), send me a PM and I'll see what I can do.
Why *do* they arrive in bunches?
or already passed on to the next reader:
A couple of wonderful book-related videos that I can watch over and over:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - wonderful Oscar-winning short film
The Joy of Books - magic in a bookstore
*** 2008 = 202 releases *** 2009 = 756 releases ***
*** 2010 = 552 releases *** 2011 = 579 releases ***
*** 2012 = 681 releases *** 2013 = 659 releases ***
*** 2014 = 799 releases *** 2015 = 863 releases ***
*** 2016 = 567 releases ***
Listening to a podcast of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" (7/15/06) and the woman says the phone company wanted to charge $5 a month for a hyphenated name (that would be the charge for a double listing) so she & her husband just combined their surnames instead. She figures the phone book people just didn't know what a hyphen was!
I wrote the following bits down, but I forgot to write down which book they came from...suggestions welcome! (I was reading a bunch of Melanie Rawn at the time but I'm not sure if they're from her books or not.)
Tentative identification: By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille
"Survival is often a mixture of stupidity, hypocrisy, and compromise."
"I'll rant and rave about The Law, and you rant and rave about military expediency. People will take sides. Internal strife is not always bad. It works to make people forget what a hopeless position they're in when they're arguing about trifles. So you and I will argue over trifles. Privately, we'll compromise."
I have 83 (of 97) Newbery Medal Winners on my bookshelf..so far!
(I've also read 83, but the list is not quite the same.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)
2017: Authors A-Z
2017: Titles A-Z
2016: Unite the Kingdoms
2016: 666 challenge = 38 locations
2016: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: 666 challenge = 39 locations
2013-2014: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + 9 districts/territories/dependencies
2013-2014: Canadian Reading Challenge = 10 provinces + 3 territories
2009: 50 States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2009: 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents Reading Challenge = 38 countries + Antarctica
2008: A to Z Reading Challenge = surnames, titles & given names
Just gotta squeeze in a little note about some really terrific book-related NON-wrecks from Cake Wrecks because they're, well, amazing. (Yes, it's called Cake Wrecks, but on Sundays they feature wonderful Sunday Sweets instead of the hilarious/disastrous wrecks they highlight during the rest of the week.
Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks
Sunday Reading Sweets
Sunday Sweets: Story Time!
Sunday Sweets: Classic Kids' Books
Sunday Sweets for Book Lovers
Books I've registered have visited 42 US states plus Washington, D.C. (missing CT, KY, LA, MS, MT, ND, RI, VT):
6 Canadian provinces/territories (missing MB, NB, NT, NU, PE, SK, YT):
and 46 other countries!
I'm not actually *asking* for these things, but as requested, for the birthday group:
Things I'm always happy to receive: new or used postage stamps (for Mom's collection), BC supplies, colored staples (standard size), origami-related things, the occasional bar of well-wrapped dark chocolate (melting may be an issue)... Oh, and while not dark chocolate, the seasonal Ritter Sport Kaffee + Nuss chocolate that linguistkris sent me was very delicious - my favorite candy from the birthday group so far!
Although nowadays I'm primarily downloading my audiobooks, I have been known to listen to audiobooks in pretty much any format - unabridged versions always preferred.
I like bright colors, sparkly things, silly toys...and will choose purple, red, or blue over pink almost every time.
There are some non-book items in my wishlist - the "author" is "(for wishlist tag)".
Things I'm not terribly interested in: very "girly" things (hearts & such), chick lit & romance books, strongly scented items (not good for my sinuses/allergies), tea & coffee (my caffeine mostly comes from Coca-Cola & chocolate).
More info above in my profile (see "Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist").