Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bunkered Down

We’re getting hit with three storms this weekend:



A brief pause during storm number two






Getting out of the Sparks industrial area was interesting on Friday after work. There was a good deal of twisting and turning to find a road that wasn’t flooded after a day of heavy rain.

Fortunately I had planned ahead, and was prepared to spend the weekend housebound. So far my only excursions have been to shovel out the car (a good excuse for manual labor) and short walks around the neighborhood. I love the utter silence that the snow brings on. There is measure of peace in it. Back when I was an Army scout such silence was a mixed, nerve-wracking blessing. It meant that you your self were
utterly quiet when walking, but then so was everyone else.

Supplies laagered for this weekend included:

1 roaster chicken
2 lemons (for seasoning the above chicken)
1 bag black pepper (also for the chicken)
1 bag of rice
2 packs imitation crab (good stuff)
1 pack mushrooms
1 pack spaghetti
1 carton Ben and Jerry’s
1 cabbage
1 loaf of sesame seed wheat bread
3 movies: Immortal (bizarre yet cool French sci-fi film), Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, Romeo + Juliet (I am a sucker for the 90s MTV version)
1 book: Descartes’ Error: Reason, Emotion, and the Human Brain
1 notebook for taking notes on Descartes’ Error

On the topic of books, 2007 was a great year. Income equates with books and music for me, and books and music I’ve purchased almost in excessive amounts. This has allowed me to indulge a longtime desire and spend part of the year as an amateur Classics scholar:






I’ve finally had the chance to read the some of the histories written by Greek and Roman writers. These documents are not always easy to absorbe, as the authors often assume that their readers possess a broad knowledge of contemporus events, and they certainly did not conform to the professional, source-based methodology set down by the likes of Leopold von Ranke, some 2000 years later. Then there are Caesar’s two texts, which were written in part as political tracts to demonstrate his qualifications as a leader of the Republic, as well as justifying the length of his wars in Transalpine Gaul and his taking up arms against Pompey Magnus. Still, these histories and meditations shed light on the thought processes and worldviews of key individuals whose stories are at the core of Western Civilization.

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