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April 2023

Missive #67 Published 30 April 2023

I have all my month end household chores completed including the holding tank dumps and adding water. So after staying in Benson much longer than I wanted to I left this morning for a new camp. The only reason that I stayed in Benson was to reduce the distance that I had to drive getting to my VA appointments for the retina surgery followups and for the cataract surgeries. With any luck I'll not need to go to VA in Tucson again anytime soon and have no plans to stay in Benson again. If I'm not lucky then I may stay in Benson again but it will not be at the Red Barn RV Park. The reason for leaving a day early was I lost electric power at the pedestal yesterday afternoon around 4:30. I'll write more about this in my next posting.

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Missive #66 Published 28 April 2023

This is a good book that provides a lot of background that explains the opioid epidemic in the United States. There was a eight episodes TV series based on the book that was shown in 2021 which probably got more attention than the book since people in the United States get most of the information/entertainment from TV rather than books. Recommended! I plan on reading more of Macy books.

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Missive #65 Published 26 April 2023

As I said when posting about VALIS; 'I was seriously considering NOT reading the other two books in the series until I read this review'. I'm glad that I gave this second book in the series a chance. It is very strange SiFi but better than the first book. I'll read the third book in the series and then move on to what is considered Dick's better works.

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Missive #64 Published 23 April 2023

Floor planning is a form of retailer financing for large ticket items displayed on showroom floors or lots. Specialty lenders, traditional banks, and finance arms of manufacturers provide the short-term loans to retailers to purchase items and they are then repaid as the items are sold.

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Missive #63 Published 21 April 2023

If you have been keeping up with the economic News as presented by the MainStream Media there is little to be gained by reading this book. The author has VERY liberally quoted from many of those same sources that you have been reading. The author is very much against central banks but generally follows Western government narrative. Seems to think crypos are going to become the new 'money'.

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Missive #62 Published 19 April 2023

This is the first of eight historical novels by Eileen Mary Challans, known by her pen name Mary Renault. She was best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. I think I will read the other seven just to get a Greek history education.

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Missive #61 Published 16 April 2023

How does an Airman First Class, third enlisted rank in the US Air Force that is typically promoted to Airman First Class after ten months as an Airman, gain access to Top Secret Documents? This smells like a setup to me.

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Missive #60 Published 14 April 2023

This is probably the best book by Dos Passos that I have read so far. The stories of those whose lives impinged on Jefferson's were stories that you never heard when studying history in school. Reccommended!

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Missive #59 Published 12 April 2023

This is the last book in The Time of Troubles tetralogy, a part of the Videssos Cylcle. It is good Turtledove but I like his alternative history novel the best.

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Missive #58 Published 9 April 2023

This is the first of his books in The Border Trilogy. It has a lot of Spanish narrative which it is worth you time to translate. Some of it is Border Spanish slang but the translation is better than nothing if you do not read Spanish. I don't know who wrote the Book Promo but I didn't find there to be much comic adventure; tragic perhaps, comic I think not.

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