Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Shooting Guide, Margaret Truman Is Still Alive, Five DVDs


Personal Protection Handbook: A Comprehensive training manual for handgun, shotgun, rifle by Leonard M. Breure, Ph.D. Breure had 20 years as a military policeman and infantryman and 21 years as a police firearms instructor. Some of the illustrations in here stink, but Breure includes all the basics (combat mindset, awareness, marksmanship, weapons handling, reaction to stress) plus basic, intermediate and advanced shooting and dryfiring drills.

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Murderon K Street by Margaret Truman.Senator Simmons finds his wife dead. A lobbyist is suspect and another woman is killed.


I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry starring Jessica Biel and two ugly guys. Ugly guys fake gay marriage to qualify one guy's children for the additional pension.

Opus n Bill: a wish for wings that work. Opus Penguin and Bill the Cat travel to ask Father Christmas to let Opus fly. Trouble ensues. I don't know if Binkley, Steve Dallas, Cutter JOhn, et al appear.

Ratatouille starring [animated characters]. A rat yearns to cook. Did you know that rats' teeth grow and grow and grow? They have to chew on something or the teeth grow too long. Rats are disgusting.

Fabulously Fit Moms: super energized workout and Fabulously Fit Moms: lower body burn by Jennifer Nicole Lee. Some Oprah gal teaches you to get fit.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Five Fabulous Fiction


Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. A graphic novel in pictures only; the book contains no dialogue or description. Robot and Dog visit the beach and Robot gets stuck in the sand. Unable to free Robot, Dog leaves him and attempts a variety of replacements. Robot stays rusting in the sand and daydreams.
We have a kid picture book by Varon entitled Chicken and Cat. Chicken visits his friend Cat in the city.

Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel. Yech,

Chase by Clive Cussler. I wonder who ghost wrote this one.

Stone Cold by David Baldacci. The Camel Club of Washington, D.C. fights to uncover secret government work. A Camel Club member has a revengeful casino owner after her.

A Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry. Superintendent Runcorn finds a body on Christmas vacation in Wales.

Big Mish-Mash


The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry: love, laughter, and tears at the world's most famous cooking school by Kathleen Flinn. Flinn was fired from her London-based management job while she was on vacation. Rather than panic and take the first job possible, Flinn moved to Paris to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary. Ralph takes his motorcycle to Happy Acres Camp. C'mon. You know you want to read this one again.


Armed America: portraits of gun owners in their homes by Kyle Cassidy. We've had this book a while but had trouble getting a mylar cover for it. The lack of a simple, lousy mylar cover kept this sitting for a couple dang months.
Anyway, play the "What's that gun?" quiz by trying to identify the firearms without reading the photo captions. To make the game more difficult you can locate the errors in the captions. Portraits include WI residents.

Aftermath by Joel Meyerwitz. Meyerwitz showed up at the World Trade Center site with his cameras and started to shoot photos. Meyerwitz ended up with a press credential and was the only photographer to document the complete investigation and clean-up.
This is a big, oversized bok and also sat on our processing cart for a couple months. Not until we ordered in a 50 foot roll of mylar were we able to cover this one and Armed America.

Various Reference and FEMA Titles

Jefferson County Plat Book, 2007 by Rockford Map Publishers. I bought two copies; one copy for reference and one for check-out. I was going to a meeting in Jefferson and just picked these up at the Clerk's office while I was there.

Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme Map Company. Large format atlas of the state. Two copies. Our last copy of this is missing so I figured I should get two and keep one on hand all the time.

Arts in the Small Community by Maryo Gard Ewell and Michael F. Warlum. What the heck is this? A guide to organizing and starting arts groups. I think.

Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: six ways to protect your house from flooding by FEMA. When I was in college I took a basic geology class and the Professor had an exam question that involved building on a flood plain. The question was something like, "Downtown St. Peter lies on the flood plain. What should be done in case of a 100 year flood?" Apparently several students gave hippie answers about moving businesses and homes off the flood plain and razing the buildings. I wrote that people should either buy a boat or swim because they'll get flooded eventually. During the massive rains and flooding in 1994 the downtown did get flooded.

Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage by FEMA. I ended up living in downtown St. Peter during the last half of my senior year.

Taking Shelter From the Storm: building a safe room inside your house by FEMA. A few years after I graduated a major tornado ripped through St. Peter. The city and campus received a good amount of damage and I'm told my old apartment building took a beating.