We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While attempting to return my refreshed work space to some simulacrum of order (with books back on shelves, minus 1000 of them) and somewhat different pictures on the walls to lighten things up, I came across a book I read about ten years ago and want to re-read. I read lots of books, but never remember enough of what I read. Not demented yet, but it reminds me of the joke about Alzheimer's patients being able to hide their own Easter eggs.
Guys never listen to anybody, but we have some amateur decorators around here who have all sorts of ideas about how to make my work space and living space brighter, less cluttered, and lighter. I am going along with it, because I know nothing. My current plan for the entire HQ in general is to get rid of stuff and lighten everything.
One of my daughters is ordering a Task Rabbit for me. They are known to be miraculous helpers for moving stuff around and throwing stuff out. One just has to be brave and get rid of stuff, however sentimental. And we have had dumpsters here since July. Dumpsters' gaping maws beg to be filled with stuff.
Et tu canem avem? I am doing the same
(That's an Aubrey translation, not Maturin)
I have the complete collection. I'm midships in The Surgeon's Mate as of last night.
Confused Old Misfit
I envy anyone reading the Patrick O'Brian books for the first time, I've read them all many times, but the first time is special. They do bear repeating. You notice things that you missed the first time in the urge to turn the page.
Amazon has just about anything, and lots of used books for those that are out of print. There are lots of sellers on Amazon who buy up remainders, books contributed to Goodwill and the equivalent, and library castoffs, to sell, and apparently make a good living at it.
I'd love to hear about the books you just cannot part with.
The Elephant's Child
re: getting rid of stuff
You have a smart daughter...she knows it will be her chore if you do not step up. My wife and I are de-cluttering one room at a time, and yes, you must be brave.
I've just been through the whole O'Brian series again this summer and fall--on the last one now. I know the first three or four almost by heart, but I find that I can remember very little from these last several, which I have not re-read so often.
O'Brian other books are all worth reading, too, especially his first, Testimonies.
You can get at least the first two on audiobook. They're terrific for a long drive.
Read some of the O'Brian series, but was more drawn to the Hornblower books by C S Forrester. Some years ago, the first few books were filmed in a TV series with Ioan Gruffudd and Robert Lindsay. Thoroughly enjoyed the series.
Once you've read through the Patrick O'Brien series, try listening to them on audiobooks - the reader is spectacular, and you will find many new things you had missed when reading them! Audio books are great for long car trips, and the POB series is at the top of the list.