(originally posted August 24, 2018)
The Armchair Squid turns nine years old today. It's time to hand out some hardware. And the Squiddy goes to...
Biggest Surprise: A Willing Accomplice
Biggest Disappointment: Losing the Lug
quiet Saturday, while my wife was out of town, I went down to the
basement and heard the sound of suffering coming from the storage room.
Sure enough, there was The Big Lug, our beautiful Russian blue tom,
lying on the floor and clearly struggling. I rushed him over to the vet
but he was too far gone. They put him down upon arrival. 15 years is a
long time to share a home with anyone. He was well loved and sorely
Best Read, First Time Category: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
is a classic of the genre for good reason. There's no glamor at all in
the tragic tale of Alex Leamas, a longtime British operative. In fact,
he wants out of the game. But the Secret Service has one more job for
him. He's just an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job. His
girlfriend? Just an average woman who fell in love with the wrong guy
at the wrong time and so gets caught in his same trap.
Their story could have happened to anyone. That's exactly why it works. So good.
Best Read, Re-Read Category: Winning Chess Strategies by Yasser Seirawan
Best Comics Find: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
was over a year ago now. The story of race in America hasn't gotten
any easier. But at least people are talking. March is the graphic
novel, autobiographical account of U.S. Representative John Lewis's
personal history in the Civil Rights Movement. So far, I have only read
the first book of three but the others are on the shelf and I'm looking
forward to them.
Athlete of the Year: Stan Musial (1920-2013)
Best Family Adventure: Europe
took a two-week to Europe over late June/early July: Paris, London and
Edinburgh. We have some dear, old friends in London so reconnecting
with them was the highlight for me. As cities go, though, I'll take
Edinburgh: small, manageable, easy to get away from the tourists. Just
as important this summer, it wasn't so damn hot.
wife and I had both been to Europe before but for our 14-year-old
daughter, it was the first time. Every place we went, she was sad to
leave. That was really what I wanted: to give her a taste of the
adventure so she would be eager to explore more on her own someday.