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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sunday Morning Musings

Good Morning, Fire Enthusiasts. How is the weekend going?

As the photo may indicate, we have spent the entire weekend at the local Cal Ripken Little League field, where my son and the 12 year old All-Star Team is attempting to win it's own tournament. We are in the middle of California, in what's called the Central Valley. We're surrounded by mountains with Sacramento to our north and Los Angeles to our south. If you've heard of Fresno, then that's about where we're at; right in the middle of this thing. It's great because we're only a few hours from the mountains; Yosemite National Park; the pacific coast; San Francisco; and everything good to be found in the L.A. area, such as Disneyland. During the summer, however, it can be several months of upper 90's to the upper 100's. Thankfully, this weekend hasn't been that bad. We've had a breeze most of the time that has eased the effects of that hot sun.

In spite of the amount of games played (three so far for us, with another two today), as well as the amount of time spent helping out (barbequed once and field prepped countless times), I have managed to participate in the Book Blogger Hop where I have met some interesting new people on some cool blogs that I may not have ordinarily ran across. It is a great idea and sponsored by Jennifer over at Crazy-For-Books. If you haven't tried it for yourself, there's still time. I enjoyed the experience and look forward to doing it again.

I've started reading Michael Slade's "Headhunter" again. I can't tell you how many times I've read this book. I can, however, tell you that I have had to buy this book three times already because I have lent it out over the years only to never get it back. This time I managed to locate a hard cover. This one will be remaining on my book shelf, I believe. I don't want to say more because I will be guest blogging about this subject in the coming weeks. I'll be sure to let you know when and where.

Anyway, it's almost time for me to get back to the ballpark, so I'd better go.

Have a great day and a good week.

We'll talk soon.


  1. Hi James, sounds like you're having a busy day. I've had a really lazy day today after a manic week - four booksignings in different bookstores (including 2 days airside in Heathrow Terminal 5) a talk in the Thames Valley and a crime writers panel in London... over 250 books signed in one week. I hope you read CUT SHORT
    and enjoy it!

  2. Hope you enjoyed California! I didn't hear about the book blogger hop, but I'll go check it out!

  3. I hope your son's team did well in the tournament! I love Yosemite -- just being so close makes me a little jealous of you, lol.

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  4. How'd the tournament go? LUV the banner!!

    Looks like you're a couple hours from my fiance's daughter in Walnut Creek. Both his kids moved to California from Colorado, his son and wife are the L.A. area :-(

  5. Thanks for the comments, Ladies...
    Leigh: I've got your novel as well as Richard's in my Amazon cart. As soon as I can figure out what else I want, I'm placing the order...
    Nicole M.: Thanks. Contributing to the cause was my idea; I cannot take credit for the banner. I was hoping for a little PR out of deal, but got so much more...
    Julie: I live in California so I enjoy it. I do not enjoy the heat, however.
    Nicole D., Wendy: My son's team won the tournament. They mercy-ruled every game accept the one before the final (10 runs or more). Unfortunately, I am wiped right now because I didn't get to bed until after 10:00 and had to be up at 3:00 for work. :(
    Anyway, seeing your comments woke me up a bit. Thanks. Of course that third cup of coffee is doing the rest!! LOL!

  6. Congrats on your son's victory! I had not heard of the blog hop either - thanks for the tip and I'll be checking it out!


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