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    Man-o-man, I’ve been posting over on the McCarthy obituary thread in General Chat, and Christ is it slow. Reminds me of my old Commodore 64 computer where I’d boot it up, feed a floppy into it, and go mow the grass or something while waiting for the program to load.

    Read Coma a while back. Liked it. Has anyone mentioned Douglas Adam’s books yet?
    Uhhhh...

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    its been a little while since ive peeked through the thread. I have a vague memory of someone maybe mentioning hitch-hikers guide but I remember reading that years ago and I can still confidently say (we talked about him before)---Patrick McManus is the funniest author!

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    Hell yeah. That guy cracks me up.
    Heres one: Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
    Made me laugh out loud, which can be concerning to people around me when Im sitting by myself reading in a quiet room at the library.
    Uhhhh...

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    Im not so fond of creepy and scary movies, Bounty!

    Congrats that you finished "Good Omens" even not liking it much. What is coming next?
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    its all very consistent danik with your quote "Science Fiction kind of scares me, specially if there is a risk of it becoming true as in the case of pandemics."

    but in so much as the purpose of art being commentary on the human condition, the movies a good one.

    thank you. that's a good question. for the past few days ive just been in my elvis Presley biography and it feels a bit weird to not also be reading a fiction book. so I want to find something soon, not scarlett yet.

    often in cases like this, until an inspiration comes along, i'll just default to a small western, or a star trek book...
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    Well, I hope we will continue this conversation sometimes. My problem in joining "How many..." is that I cant follow many of the cultural traits/memories you and tailor share. Much of US culture penetrated into other countries, but not all.
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    I appreciate hearing that danik, thank you, and me too.

    nah---please, give it a shot, your presence there will help shape the nature of the posts and we'll all make it work. and the song title one too...

    right now I just settled on an easy reading western that im enjoying. maybe some more light reading after that one and then i'll see if can find something that has an already existing thread.

    oh, by the way, spritzer my homeless cat lost her flea collar! so I had to go get another one. I leave the door open in the good weather and she's been enjoying the free coming and going.

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    Thanks, Bounty.

    As to the Song Title one, I participated a long time in it, without knowing most of the songs. I took the titles out of extense lyrics, and just had a look at those to see if they were "publishable".
    The important thing is that you enjoy your reading. If you have time take a look at the books of the German author Karl May. They are adventure stories. The most famous are the Winnetou books about US West.There are translations in the net at Gutenberg, I think.

    Im Glad to know that Spritzer is so happy and you do. ( But first thing, I got rid of that nasty collar. I have no use for that bell)
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    I don't read books online danik but i'll keep my eyes peeled for karl may when im out book shopping, thank you.

    I recently watched rio 2 and really enjoyed it. among other things, the music was great.

    noooo, she cant be out killing the other local critters. cat danger, warning warning warning!

    right now ive got a momma raccoon and 4-5 babies sleeping under my house.

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    Some of his books were edited in English, but he didnt meet with much success it seems.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=karl...t=gws-wiz-serp

    Rio 2 must be cute! And more so must be the racoon family presently residing in Bountys Bread and Breakfast for traveling animals.
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    if you can believe it danik…

    I mentioned I keep my front door open so spritzer can come and go as she likes. yesterday I was sitting at the computer table (near the door) and felt a soft pressure against my leg. I looked down and it was one of the raccoons!

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    I do believe you, Bounty, and if you believe me you may soon have the whole family lodging in the upper store!
    Animals are so quick in detecting friendliness!
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    I feed the critters in the winter time and I could be/should be doing a better job of that. when momma deer comes for a visit in my yard, ive been feeding her apples, but she doesn't have sharp teeth and claws. im okay keeping the raccoons outside. although, I was just recollecting this with someone, an old movie from my childhood, Disney I think, rascal, about a more or less tame/pet raccoon. I remember if being very funny.

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    You dont even need to watch Disney, Bounty. You have them all in your yard, animals I have never seen outside movies or the zoo.
    I browsed Wikipedia on deer diet, maybe this momma isnt so young any more.

    Here is it:

    "Diet
    Deer are browsers, and feed primarily on foliage of grasses, sedges, forbs, shrubs and trees, secondarily on lichens in northern latitudes during winter.[46] They have small, unspecialized stomachs by ruminant standards, and high nutrition requirements. Rather than eating and digesting vast quantities of low-grade fibrous food as, for example, sheep and cattle do, deer select easily digestible shoots, young leaves, fresh grasses, soft twigs, fruit, fungi, and lichens. The low-fibered food, after minimal fermentation and shredding, passes rapidly through the alimentary canal. The deer require a large amount of minerals such as calcium and phosphate in order to support antler growth, and this further necessitates a nutrient-rich diet. There are some reports of deer engaging in carnivorous activity, such as eating dead alewives along lakeshores[47] or depredating the nests of northern bobwhites."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer
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    I suspect one of the reasons momma deer likes my place so much is there is a lot of green variety for her, like what you mentioned. I haven't kept track, but id guess she's at least 5-6 yrs old.

    there are apple trees all over and the deer really like apples. its funny to watch them eat them because of course they don't have hands, and the apples are on the small side, so they'll pick up the whole apple in their mouths and munch away at them.

    I have birds that come back every year to nests built on my porch ceiling, and every time I walk outside the door, they get startled and fly away. you think they'd be used to me. im hoping this summer to make some birdhouses.

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