Monday, July 11, 2011

Summertime Blues 07-11-2011

Summertime Blues 07-11-2011

Summer vacation update: Monday, July 11, 2011. After waking up at 4:30 am and not being able to go back to sleep, I went to the dentist this morning for an 8:00 am appointment to have two teeth pulled. On the way home I turn on the radio to a local news channel and hear that hot weather will continue, with predictions of close to 100 degrees, switching to a sports talk station, one of the topics being discussed is the torture that Jaycee Dugard went through during her kidnapping ordeal. When I get home I read on the net stories about the Atlanta Public School test cheating scandal, the continuing glut of folks losing their homes to foreclosures, the stalemated negotiations between the two political parties over the raising of the debt limit, and updates on the NFL and NBA lock outs. If anyone wonders why I sometimes go off and read fantasy and pulp era science fiction, the preceding should give a big clue.

In a word, escapism. At least in the Pulps, the good guys Sometimes win. I mean, after all Robert E. Howard’s “Conan” sometimes wins out and once or twice gets the girl, ditto with Dashiell Hammett’s “Continental Op” and Edgar Rice Burrough’s “John Carter.” We’ll kind of forget those stories where H. P. Lovecraft’s monsters stalk human kind or Clark Ashton Smith’s tales of a dying world where necromancers keep even the deceased from getting to take a fifteen minute break or an afternoon nap. Or maybe I can read those as well. It still won’t be depressing like the daily news.

Yep, I think I’ll go read some of that “good old stuff” as John D. MacDonald called it and wait for my pain medicine to kick in….

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