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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-09-02 18:34
Subject: [personal] Omaha, my home away…plus books!
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Tags:books, child, omaha, personal, travel

Despite what garyomaha thinks, I am willing to admit to being in Omaha. Or at least someplace in the Midwest.

Charmingly uneventful flights today. The Hertz Random Upgrade Program hath given unto me a Ford Edge. I swear I had this exact same vehicle some time last fall. (This happens to me about once a year.) My hotel hath Randomly Upgraded me to a half-suite, or as karindira says, a room with a partition and a sofa. Um, yeah.

My pants kept falling off me today, or nearly so, so I spun by Target when I got here and bought smaller pants. I confess to not being ashamed of this. I’m on a different schedule this week, working at the Day Jobbe through Friday wrapping up the Big Project of late (for which I have received preliminary kudos from Senior Management), and flying home Saturday. With luck, a Sunday hike with tillyjane and possibly the_child.

Also, over the long weekend I finished reading Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World (which I liked immensely and will review shortly), Russell Banks’ Rule of the Bone (which I liked for rather different reasons), and José Carlos Somoza’s Zig Zag (which I wasn’t so taken with and will review shortly in order to explore why). About to start reading Special Topics In Calamity Physics.

Expect continued light blogging with intermittent bursts of hypergraphia.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-09-03 03:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
At first I thought it was "Obama, my home away". Hm. This despite the fact that I know full well you spend a lot of time in Omaha. I guess it's a combination of current news and the fact that I know very little about American geography (not a clue where Omaha is...)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-03 10:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I live in Portland, which is very nearly the upper left hand corner of the main part of the United States. Omaha is about 2,100 km east and bit south, right in the middle of everything. :D
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-09-03 11:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cool! Next time I manage to do America, if I'm brave enough to pass through laptop-hard-drive-control, I might do a west coast thing: San Francisco (which I loved last time), Seattle and Portland (of which (both) I've heard many good things), and then maybe Vancouver and Toronto...

Just to demonstrate my ignorance, I had a vague feeling that Portland was maybe on the eastern side somewhere ;) Oh well!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-03 11:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We do have a Portland on the eastern side somewhere, in Maine, which is the very upper right hand corner of the country. So you are not being ignorant.
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-09-03 11:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah I am, 'coz I was thinking of Portland, Oregon.
Or who knows, maybe not! Maybe I'm just confuzzling the two in my head.

I am coming to the conclusion that Jay Lake in the mail to me is a bad thing. I mailed myself a bit parcel home from London near the end of our recent big trip overseas, and it had both Mainspring and Escapement in it. A month and a half later, I'm still waiting. I do expect it to arrive though!
Unlike A River Knows Its Own, which never turned up :( That's alright, I'll "replace" it one day.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-03 11:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cripes.

Resend me your address, I'll express you another copy of RIVER.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-09-03 20:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you're on the West Coast, you'll be nowhere near Toronto. Just FYI. Toronto is way over to the east, tucked up against Lake Ontario, just north of New York State.

But I highly recommend it anyway! (I've never been to Vancouver, for that matter.)
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-09-03 22:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*heh* Yeah, I do realise that... I noticed after I posted that I'd said "West Coast", which is mainly true. Thing is, when you're coming from as far away as Australia, you might as well hop around and see a fair bit!
I'm glad you recommend it - I'm told it's TEH AWES.
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User: myaineko.blogspot.com
Date: 2008-09-03 04:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the interesting picks! I've added Harkaway's and Pessl's to my purchasing and reading list. I'm curious (and not sure if you've covered this in a previous post): how do you select what you're going to read next when reading for leisure? - Alvaro
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-03 10:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The short answer to your question is my reading selections come from all over. The Banks book was recommended by francitabozita, the Pessi by calendula_witch. The Somoza I read because I was curious about it when it landed on the same award ballot as one of my books, and I don't read enough non-Anglophone SF. The Harkaway was sent to me by the publisher in hopes of a review, and it looked interesting enough to be worth my while.

This is probably worth a longer post, however. Soon!
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lauriemann
User: lauriemann
Date: 2008-09-03 10:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congrats on the smaller pants. I broke down and bought a belt a few months ago (first time I needed one in a while). I'll buy some smaller pants in about another ten pounds or so.
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