Friday, November 28, 2014

Starting Over

I told Angela and Allen and Tom last night that I didn't think I'd have a Christmas tree this year, even though Christmas was by far Judy's favorite holiday.  Or maybe because it was her favorite holiday.  They were having none of it, however, so they came over this afternoon and took me to Wal-Mart, where we braved the Black Friday mob to buy a Christmas tree.  Here's Angela doing a little work on it.  So I guess we'll have Christmas, after all.

Hamlet Said It

How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Those lines have been in my head for many a year.  Now I know what he was talking about.  I'll snap out of it, though, given time.

Song of the Day

here comes the night....them............♥ - YouTube:

Today's Vintage Ad


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Lillian Preston, Part-Time Call Girl, Beacon Signal, 1960

Vintage Treasures: The Worlds of A.E. Van Vogt

Vintage Treasures: The Worlds of A.E. Van Vogt

Vintage Treasures: Gateway to Elsewhere by Murray Leinster / The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt

Vintage Treasures: Gateway to Elsewhere by Murray Leinster / The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt

FFB: The Savage Day -- Jack Higgins

The Savage Day was the first book I read with the Jack Higgins name on it, and I was immediately sold on the author.  I didn't realize that he (actually Harry Patterson) was also Hugh Marlowe and that I'd read a novel by him earlier.  However, after I became a fan, I wasn't so easy to fool again.  When I started reading a book by James Graham (A Game for Heroes), I knew within a couple of pages I'd found another Harry Patterson pseudonym.  

But I digress.  Let's get back to the book at hand, which is one of my favorites by Patterson under any name.  Simon Vaughan is a gunrunner who's in prison when the Brigadier gets him out to take on a job for the British.  He wants Vaughan to work with his fellow gunrunner to recover a lot of British bullion that the IRA has hijacked.  To do this he has to help with running some guns for the IRA.  He's to assist a young man named Binnie and an American woman named Norah Murphy.  Binnie is one of those deadly gunmen who turn up in Higgins' work with regularity.  He's a romantic idealist who really believe in the struggle.   

Naturally nothing goes smoothly.  The first run is hijacked by Frank Barry, a bomb-happy Provo, who's broken off from the IRA, thinking them too easy on kids and civilians.  The object of terrorism is to cause terror, and killing innocents tends to do that.  Many complications ensue, with lot of chases and escapes and other thrills.  A lot of people die, good and bad.  There's a good surprise at the end, too.

The Savage Day is well-written in a deceptively simple style that manages to carry a lot of emotional weight.  Highly recommended. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanks to All

Thanks, everyone, for the sympathy and support you've shown on learning of Judy's death.  If you knew her, you know what a  loss this is.  If you didn't know her, I wish you had.  She was the sweetest, kindest person I've ever met.  From the day we married, I more or less ceased to exist as an individual.  There was no more Bill Crider.  There was BillandJudy.  It's been that way ever since.  My sister said today that she was worried about me because Judy and I had never been separated for more than a couple of days in all our years together.  I'll be okay, though, I think.  It's still BillandJudy as far as I'm concerned.  She may have left the world, but she'll never leave me.

There's a nice tribute to Judy here.

Judy Crider, R. I. P.

Judy with Mickey Spillane, Bouchercon, 1981.  She departed his life today at 11:00.  She'll always live in my heart.

Song of the Day

Oliver: Food, Glorious - YouTube:

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Thanksgiving

I don't know the date on this photo.  It was Thanksgiving, though, back when that was a big day for my family.  Looks like 1989, maybe.  

Too many people in the picture are no longer around, and this year I'm spending Thanksgiving in a hospital room with Judy and our kids.  Judy's been fighting her cancer for almost 8 years now, but she and the doctors have held it at bay.  At the moment it's really trying to get the upper hand.  I'm going to try to keep on doing the blog for a while, but I won't be having much to say in the comments.  If things go dark around here, you'll know why.  Everybody has to go through times like these, and I've been through them with too many of the people in the picture not to know that.  It never gets any easier, though.  It just seems to get harder, at least for me.  I'm still holding out hope for a miracle here, but sometimes miracles don't arrive when you need them.

Don't get the idea I'm not thankful today.  I'm thankful for every person in that picture: my parents, Judy's parents, my kids, my brother and my sister and their kids.  And especially for Judy.  I don't know what would've happened to me if I hadn't met and married her.  Just about everything I've accomplished in my life, however little that is, would never have happened without her.  My Thanksgiving wish is that she'll be here to help me out for many years to come.  I'm also thankful for all of you blog readers and friends, too.  You've helped me more than you know.  If you have any miracles up your sleeves, send them this way.

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Robert Leslie Bellem, The Window with the Sleeping Nude, Handi-Books, 1950

Happy Birthday, Cox Robert Crider!

Rockin' the hat long ago.  He'll always be a lot younger than I am.

I Miss the Old Days

Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1935

Why the Pilgrims Came to America

Why the Pilgrims Came to America 

The Pilgrims in America

The Pilgrims in America: Historical fact: The Pilgrims never called themselves “Pilgrims.” In fact, they weren’t known by that name until the 1840s.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Why is Thanksgiving always on Thursday? Holiday history and more

Forgotten Music that Should Stay Forgotten

10 Awful Disco Cover Versions Which Will Ruin Songs You Love 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Because You Never Know When They'll Want a Shower

Man charged with putting camera in ex’s shower says he was filming chickens

Dragon at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


David Baldacci: By the Book

David Baldacci: By the Book 

James Patterson Aims to 'Save Our Books'

Shelf Awareness: James Patterson Aims to 'Save Our Books'

Just in Time for Christmas -- A Covey of Quail by Richard Prosch -- Giveaway!

Painted Pony Books: Just in Time for Christmas -- New Release -- A COVEY OF QUAIL by RIchard Prosch -- Giveaway!: The Jo Harper series continues with an exciting new holiday story. Richard Prosch is giving away one free ecopy of A Covey of Quail to one lucky person who comments, so be sure and leave your contact information. 

5 Real Robberies With Better Twists Than Any Heist Movie

5 Real Robberies With Better Twists Than Any Heist Movie 

Song of the Day

The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You - 1965 - YouTube:

My Bid Missed It by That Much *holds thumb and forefinger a millimeter apart*

‘Casablanca’ Piano Sells for $3.4 Million at Bonhams 

Announcement

According to this announcement, it appears that Sheriff Rhodes will be around for at least two more books (assuming I'm not too lazy to write them): "Bill Crider's SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN and the next Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery, to Toni Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds (NA)."

Today's Vintage Ad


10 Priceless Cultural Works We Nearly Lost Forever

10 Priceless Cultural Works We Nearly Lost Forever 

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Ted Mark (Theodore Gottfried), The Nude Wore Black, Lancer, 1967

Paris Hilton Update

Paris Hilton shows she's got edge in a gothic black top and tight leather leggings arriving at LAX   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Science Fiction Book Club brochures 1962-1985

The Golden Age: Things To Come ~ misc Science Fiction Book Club brochures 1962-1985 ~ artwork by Finlay, Freas, Frazetta, Holland, Corben, Kaluta and others

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2014 | Publishers Weekly

Silent Comics of the Sound Era

Silent Comics of the Sound Era 

Celery and Olives Dominated Thanksgiving for Nearly 100 Years—Until They Didn’t

Celery and Olives Dominated Thanksgiving for Nearly 100 Years—Until They Didn’t   

Link via Neatorama.