The Three B's of Christmas
Bladder, Books and Booze
I am looking after my Dad's place right now, making sure his wife's cats are fed and the local thieves are discouraged. As I am working tomorrow morning and then proceeding to my Mother's place afterwards, I decided to open my presents now.
I am sipping on a Scotch whisky, The Balvenie 12 year old Doublewood. I am full having dined on haggis served with leeks, mashed potatoes, mushrooms and a vegetable gravy. Haggis is stuffed in a stomach, but bladder alliterates with books and booze, so I took the liberty. If you don't like haggis it might be for one of three reasons:
1. You have never had it.
2. You have had bad haggis.
3. You are a vegetarian/vegan.
Vegetarian haggis - let alone a vegan version - would be horrible. But haggis from the British Butcher Shoppe in North Vancouver is a work of art and a pleasure to consume.
As for the books, I received five from my father this year and am looking forward to delving into them. The books are as follow:
1. Journey to the Ice Age: Discovering an Ancient World by Peter Storck
2. Sahib, The British Soldier in India by Richard Holmes
3. Burmese Days by George Orwell
4. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
5. What's My Name Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States by Dave Zirin
continued at 9:19 am on the 25, December 2006.
As I am planning to teach Art and History in High School, I decided I needed to start reading much more than I have been. The Rebus novels have been good at whetting my appetite. I asked for ...Ice Age as I believe anyone with an eye to becoming an historian needs to understand these critical events in human history. Since I am considering teaching in the UK I need to brush up on British history. Many of the books I want are not easily obtainable, thus I have Sahib. I know very little about England's colonization of India and need to remedy that. I have been trying get my hands on Burmese Days for a few years now, but no ever seems to have it in, whether it be a small, large or used bookstore.
Zinn's book is a apparently a socialist persepctive on US history, so it makes for an interesting contrast with most of the books availible on the subject. People need to be selective in the books they read, but they shouldn't discriminate based on ideology. What's My Name Fool? is a book along the same lines. I started reading it on my way to work and it is very interesting. Zirin's an intelligent writer, looking at the connection of sports and social change throughout history. I am on the chapters dealing with Jackie Robinson.
Anyhow, enjoy the day and have a Merry Christmas.