Wednesday Open Thread

Early 1950s Bookmobile in rural Virginia

We used to have the Bookmobile come around in the summer.  It was an old, used step van like UPS uses and was packed with books kids could check out.

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51 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. I loved the Bookmobile. As an early (I was reading my elder siblings kindergarten books before I started school) and avid reader, the arrival of the Bookmobile was very exciting to me.

    My mother had shelves of the Readers Digest condensed books, which – if you’ve lived on Mars your whole life – was an item that contained 4-5 books within its covers. If I dedicated most of a day to it, I could read cover to cover in a day.

    In the 4th grade, my teacher pulled out a speed reader machine, which showed a line of print at a time, which could be advanced mechanically, the whole line or through a moving window, word by word. I blew the whole class away on speed reading. The teacher turned it off after 400 wpm, which is where it started getting challenging for me, but I could still read the text.

    The Shining – one day, in college. I *HAD* to finish it before I went to bed. HAD to. I remember sitting on the couch, with the sun heading towards sunset mode, and I was panicking that I wouldn’t finish it before dark. It was after dark when I finished it, but I refused to close my eyes until I closed that book!

    “Gone With the Wind”- took me one week during high school. I had to make time for school, homework, chores, band practice…

    Even today, my home is filled with books. I have some of those RD sets. The whole Tom Clancy Ryanverse, save one. I’ve worked my way through all of Vince Flynn’s novels and handed those off to Eldest. I’m almost through Brad Thor’s series. I have a small library of scifi. I’ve divested myself of the Dune series. I’m done with that eyebleed series. I found the series of books I loved to read in my childhood – it’s a set of about twelve books. I loved the fairy tales book as a child. It contained tales that I never found anywhere else. There is a book on animal stories, biographies, “tales that never grow old”, etc. The day I found that set on the internet was a happy, happy day for me.

    And yes, I go back and reread them. I love to read, I just don’t have as much time as I wished.

  2. Well, making another excuse for languishing football ratings: NFL violence

    What was once a unifying force in American life, shrewdly wrought as it was, has become just another casualty of the culture wars. But even that pales to the more existential question that’s become unavoidable to fans of football over the past decade: the moral dilemma of supporting a league whose practices far too often favor profit over basic human decency.

    Don’t get me wrong, this article points out some real problems with violence in some of these games. However, I don’t think that’s why ratings are plummeting.

    Unless you’re a lib. Then, heck yeah!

  3. Almost tricked me into clicking on to an NFL story, but I resisted while muttering “who cares” under my breath. They can play powder puff flag or issue swords and daggers and I won’t care either way.
    When I moved back into this house following Mother’s passing, there were books, mostly paperbacks, in every nook and cranny. The large bathroom cabinets were stacked three rows deep and three rows high, the closet shelves were lined with books, and there were just boxes of books on the floor. Of course, she was a packrat, so in cleaning things out, I boxed up all but a few and sent them to the neighborhood garage sale lady along with a bunch of other stuff. Now days I just read stuff on my kindle so I don’t have a bunch of books around to impress my friends when they stop by. My BFF is a bookworm and has stack of books everywhere in her house too – but she refuses to embrace technology.
    Rainy and cool here, but not freezing. Maybe snow before it’s over. Bring it on. Have a great day you all.

  4. Chilly morning in H-Town and I am so glad I didn’t have to get up at 6 a.m. and drive off in the dark with the moon still shining and cold, cold, cold.

  5. Good windy, chilly morning Hamsters. A whole 48 here, and a gusty N. wind keeps stirring up fallen leaves on the ground and clinging ones in the branches. Only a few sprinkles this morning so far, but the forecast promises rain later today. All this makes for a miserable day outside, so it’s perfect for inside stuff like Christmas decorating.

    The girls are snug in the barn, out of the wind and whatever rain passes through. All the windows were closed last night, but today they will have one of the two in their stalls open so they can see out. They have double stalls, 12 x 24, made by removing the partition between two stalls. More room to move around on nasty days like this.

    David Paul last night hinted the possibility of some sleet this afternoon in the Houston area, but not enough to cause problems on the roads since it will melt on contact. What a change from yesterday morning.

  6. Good Morning form Cut-N-Shoot

    It is 76 degrees with humidity a comfortable 60%. The sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue with billowy clouds in patches
    Certainly not here.

  7. The 1917 edition of the Bellville Times reported that more than fifty young men from Austin County were now at Camp Travis, near San Antonio. By that time the Ninetieth Division numbered some 32,000 men.

    The same issue of the Times reported that – only weeks after joining up – three Austin County men had died of “pneumonia and Measels” following an epidemic at Camp Travis.

    Just sayin’

  8. I can’t do the lowered trucks or cars, nor the 17, 18, 20+ inch wheels. I think the old 15 or 16” rims for wider tires or the tires are hard to come by anymore though.

  9. And the door shouldn’t hit him on the way out. He wasn’t legally elected to begin with, and he’s a pimple on the public butt.

    But then, SJL has him beat in the pimple department.

  10. It is on now. Trump has made the commitment to move the emabassy.
    I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. I will hold onto that belief. Trump is “blessing Israel” with this recognition.

  11. #9 What a neat old tractor. Hard to believe that it has a three point hitch. Did you notice that it was air cooled? My old 30 horse Deutz Diesel has a twin cylinder air cooled engine. Strangely it has no glow plugs and will start on the coldest day, with I pull.

  12. Zecheriah 12:3
    Jerusalem will Be Attacked
    …2″Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3″It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

  13. I just looked up at the quote for December, on the calendar that our church gave us:

    “Enlivened by the light of Christ, stewards work together to dispel all darkness, instill hope, and lead others to embrace the Gospel.”

    Good to remember.

  14. The only reason all these gal senators are calling on Stuart Smalley to resign is so they won’t look like the duplicitous scumbags they are when they call on Moore to resign. Stuart is their sacrificial lamb goat.

  15. #27

    I garner hope form studying Bible prophecy so my hope level is 10 seeing things come to pass.

    Yabbut, getting from point A to point B is gonna be painful for some folks.

  16. 28 Hamous


    Today, Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s support within his party collapsed amid a growing list of sexual harassment allegations. As the number of Democrats calling for Franken to resign today continues to tick up, it’s worth noting that just three days ago 136 women leaders released a statement of support for the embattled senator.

    PoliticsUSA reported the statement of support on Sunday, describing the signees as “136 women leaders who are current and former elected officials, non-profit board members, community leaders and members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party.”

  17. Tedtam

    Yabbut, getting from point A to point B is gonna be painful for some folks.

    Andd that dear lady is where your answer above comes in

    “Enlivened by the light of Christ, stewards work together to dispel all darkness, instill hope, and lead others to embrace the Gospel.”

    Good to remember. (GRIN!!)

  18. Gonna be interesting to see who dimwit Governor Dayton of MN will select to place hold the seat for another Democrat come the next election.

  19. It’s not often you will see me agreeing with Kim Kardashian, LeBron James and Rihanna.

    Have you seen the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown lately on your social media feeds? It’s a growing campaign to grant parole and freedom to Cyntoia Brown, a 29-year-old woman who has served 13 years in prison for killing the man who sex-trafficked her. In 2004, when she was only 16, Brown was convicted of prostitution and murder, and given a life sentence without eligibility for parole until 2059.

    Celebrities such as Rihanna and LeBron James have taken to social media to speak out against the verdict and call for legal action: “Imagine at the age of 16 being sex-trafficked by a pimp named ‘cut throat.’ After days of being repeatedly drugged and raped by different men you were purchased by a 43 year old child predator who took you to his home to use you for sex. You end up finding enough courage to fight back and shoot and kill him. You’re arrested as a result tried and convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. This is the story of Cyntoia Brown. She will be eligible for parole when she is 69 years old. #FreeCyntoiaBrown”

  20. Why do lefties insist on calling 16-y.o. teenagers “children”? You don’t stay a child until you’re 18, and then suddenly you are an adult. Puberty in most girls starts around 12-13, with variance that largely corresponds with race.

  21. Donald Trump today did exactly what the Dems and eReps alike have voted unanimously for, namely recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. Several presidential candidates over the years have promised to do so, but have wimped out when the time came, and have opted instead to sign a 6 month waiver delaying the decision – time and time again. Trump was criticized when he signed the waiver the last time it came around, so this time he did not sign it – so he’s again criticized for doing exactly what the Senate voted for him to do. Just another indication of just how corrupt and sick member denizens of the swamp are.

  22. No criticism for the move from me. Trump has used this move as a starting point for “peace talks” removing any doubt the United States believes Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the nation of Israel. He believes his position is a sound position and I have no argument or criticism. In his mind he has weighed the cost so here we go. I found it funny how the talking heads lamented that the United States gets nothing out of this. The Bible strongly disagrees with them. God promised Abraham that HE would bless those that bless the Jews and curse them that curse the Jews. On this Trump and the United States are on the right side of history.

  23. #36

    Being that most perps in this saga are liberal Democrats, I’m still shocked all these girls aren’t classified as young adult trailer trash that manipulated these poor men who were simply minding their own business.

  24. #37 Hammy

    You don’t stay a child until you’re 18, and then suddenly you are an adult.

    Legally, you do.

    I don’t quite agree. Being a legal minor is not the same status as being a child. I think the legal definition of pedophilia is sexual interest of an adult in a prepubescent child. I further think that teenagers are not considered child molesters when they have sex with each other.

  25. You mean teenagers are having sex now? Who knew. Of course, back in 1964 when I was graduating from high school, I had no idea how about 1/3 of the girls in the class had gotten so fat during that last semester. Then I figured out that being female and having no other discernible skills, making babies was about all they were equipped to do.

  26. Friend in Occupied St. Paul opined that MN Governor Dayton likely has not yet awakened to the possibility that he might have to appoint a replacement for Franken.

    As for candidates, well apparently the possibilities list is brief, and they might have to haul Walter Mondale out of the closet and dust him off to fill the vacancy until an election can be held. Or perhaps Governor Dayton could appoint himself, having previously been the absolute worst Senator representing MN ever before becoming the absolute worst Governor ever. A dubious doubleton. 🙂

  27. Dayaam, it’s cold outside, 42, breezy and misting rain,…Ain’t nuttin’ colder than that! Cold, clear 20 degrees in the Piney Woods is much warmer than this.

  28. 43 mharper

    I’m not sure what your point is, but you are confusing legal distinctions with the definitions of sexual predation with adolescent sexuality. They are tangentially related and yet three precisely different issues.

    My response is WTH ?

  29. 36 degrees and still wet out here this morning. It rained all day yesterday, and the weather station recorded 0.09 inches. That’s right, less that 1/10 of an inch for an all day drizzle. Even when it rains out here, it just barely rains. Looking for some snow and sleet, but that’ll have a better chance of happening in Houston than out here. OK, hope you folks all have a warm, dry, and safe day. BTW, does mh let her possums come in the house when it gets cold outside?

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