Captain’s Log 5,825
Sometimes you just gotta give up on a book. That makes me sad. I am sure Donna Tarrt worked very hard to crank out her 755-page “treatment” of a modern orphan with serious substance abuse problems. Oh, he is also an art thief. Oh, he also survived a bombing. Oh, he traveled across country on a bus with a Maltese in a bag. Oh, he is very attracted to a young girl with staples in her head. Oh, he is taken in by a master antique restoration dude who eschews technology. Oh, one of his best friends is a Ukrainian juvenile delinquent named Boris (yup – Boris). Oh, they end up in Amsterdam and shoot guns.
I am done.
How on earth did this win the Pulitzer?
When I think of the time I spent reading this instead of forging ahead with the Game of Thrones series…. ACK! What was I thinking? I could have finished the 5th book by now if I had not frittered away the better part of two days on this damn thing! Truth be told, it plods so slowly that I only made it about 3/4 of the way and started skipping ahead like someone with a manic disorder. And then I decided to toss it. I no longer cared about Theo and his issues. When my Minnesota pals were here, we discussed this book. I should have listened to the warnings…..but no! I tried to read it myself.
Apparently, when I was a toddler, one of my constant phrases was prophetic. Me do it! Me do it! I became an intensely independent adult AND I often insist on doing things just to prove to myself that I can. The independence side of the coin is good. The flip side has often caused trouble.
Here is a list of the many ME DO IT moments that have compromised my life…..
Reading The Goldfinch
Attempting to ride a steer
Ignoring my intense fear of rides that hang you upside down
Fixing a car window with duct tape
Trusting the #1 Confederate Dunce in my life for a nano-second
Riding an orange crate scooter at age 61
Boone’s Farm Strawberry Wine (any and all applications of use)
Taking an economics class in college
Walking in the Minnesota woods in October without a blaze orange hat on my head
There are many more but I need to get this week in gear. I’m juiced up (bananas, strawberries, orange juice, yogurt, hemp hearts, flax seeds, and cashews) and the coffee was amazing. I ironed my cape earlier. I am now looking for a tall building.