Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review - The Cuban Affair

Nelson DeMille is back. He has a new Travis McGee like character who runs a fishing charter boat out of Key West. He is approached by a group of Cuban refugees who want his help in recovering millions of dollars that were hidden during the revolution. With the thaw in relations, they now have the opportunity to go back to Cuba and get the money. The plan is to visit Cuba as part of an educational tour, sneak away, get the money and escape on his boat. Typical of DeMille, the story has twists and turns and the real reason for going to Cuba is not revealed until the end when you may see shades of his book Charm School in this story.

It's a good read.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Nate crossed the mouth of the river and went north into Gulfport/Biloxi. Because it was sucking in dry air from the west side, there were no effects in New Orleans.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nate - 6 hours

The first rain bands are hitting now. Gutters are flowing freely and there is little wind. Weather Channel seems to be focusing on Mississippi/Alabama. Track seems to be east of NOLa with the worst weather in the NE quadrant.

Pork butt is in the pressure cooker and has about 30 minutes to go.

Waiting for Nate

Spent yesterday preparing for the storm. Got up on the roof to clean out the gutters and prune a few tree limbs that were against the house. Picked up all the loose stuff in the back yard. Gassed up the car and bought water, bread and cold cuts. Looks like it's still a Category 1 and most of the wind field is to the east so I'm confident that our winds should be minimal. The news is predicting 90 mph winds but if it's moving at 20 mph the west side will see about 70 mph.

Going to cook a pork butt today and make some pulled pork and cole slaw.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Head Count

Saudi Arabia executed 12 more people last month. It was a mix of druggies and murderers. Year to date head count is now 90.


It appears that Nate is heading to New Orleans. As it's only a Cat 1 storm, I suspect I will stay and shelter in place.

cone graphic

Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review - Western Star

This is Craig Johnson's latest episode of the Longmire saga. The plot flips back and forth between present day and the early days back when Walt was a new deputy.

The Western Star was the name of a steam engine that was the vehicle for a sheriffs junket where new hire  Longmire was the junior attendee. There is a murder during the train ride and Walt works at solving it. The other side of the plot in present day is Walt worrying about the parole hearing of a murderer that he put away years ago. Of course, the two stories are connected.

I won't give away the ending but I will say that it is a monster cliff hanger and I hope that Mr. Johnson doesn't get hit by a bus so he can resolve it in the next book.