When I Read I Do It For The Laughs

John Dies at the End” and it’s sequel “This Book is Full of Spiders” by David Wong have some really classic moments.

People don’t often get into horror comedy books. And this was my first foray into them. And other people that dable in the genre ask me “did you really laugh out loud while reading This Book is Full of Spiders?” That book was markedly darker and less deliberately comic than the first book I agry. Still, I enjoyed it, but am struggling to come up with a moment that I would qualify as even mildly hysterical. Unlike the first book that had a lot of moments like that.

I think at the beginning when David said “and if you do know me from the first book, then FUCK YOU!” also I think there was a time when John said his dick was so big it would take 2 days to see it, or something like that. So yeah profanity and dick jokes make me laugh. It was defiantly darker and I actually liked it better than the first one but you’re right, it was not as funny.

On top of that I spit my drink out near the end when he talked to Falconer for the last time and he was telling David not to make him look silly.

Other Books that Made Me Laugh

  • Wodehouse – many of Wodehouse’s novels in the Jeeves and Wooster series and the Blandings Castle series made me laugh out loud.
  • Terry Pratchett – again, many of Terry Pratchett’s books as well. I’m hesitant to provide specific titles in the case of both these authors because there are a lot of good books here, but tastes will differ as to which are the funniest.
  • Will Cuppy’s The decline and fall of practically everybody is another book that springs to mind.
  • Bill Bryson’s Neither here Nor there: Travels in Europe I found very funny. (Perhaps an American might like a few of his other travel books better, e.g. The Lost Continent, but I didn’t find that one all that funny).
  • Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide.
  • Calvino’s If on a winter’s night…
  • Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.

Parents Don’t Lie To Your Kids

Honesty is important to kids, it means that they can trust you. If you are a sorry no good liar then they can’t trust you.

Only time my parents choose to resort to a lie was was when they told me how my/our dog died.

She had been sick and was in a lot of pain. They as loving people did the only thing that could be done for her. They got her put down, but told me that she going to have surgery, that it was a risk and that she might never wake back up from it since she was so sick.

I know a lot of people immediately think of things like this when they think country fold put down dogs but it wasn’t like that at all.

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At the time I know I wouldn’t have understood.

For a kid it is hard to understand why we would ever willing kill our dog. After all we loved her so much. I also know that I would have been angry about the whole thing.

In the end it helped me, it gave me a means to learn how to cope with death. It also helped me since I didn’t have to deal with any resentment towards them. If I would have associated them with taking my dog away, my beloved pet without even asking. Hum.

Once I was older and could understand they sat me down and told me the truth. I believe that I was around ten. The same thing happened again. We were faced with the same decision again and they wanted to tell me so that I’d be able to deal with the situation differently this time.

I Do It For The Love Of The Craft

DIY is a poor method for saving money which is why I do it for the love of the craft rather than the monetary aspect.

Also time in one constraint that we all have to work with.

If you try for the monetary saving you will find yourself in a tricky situation because it’s just really hard to actually build something cheaper.

Economies of scale allow shops to buy materials at far cheaper wholesale prices. Automated machinery combined with overseas labor makes the costs of labor fairly low, and a sufficiently competitive market drives down the margin.

Buying the item will almost always be cheaper than buying the materials and making it yourself even though the quality may be lower though.

For people that want it to last forever this might be worth it, but for the majority of people out there they won’t use half the stuff they buy this year next year.

When you buy a pair of boots that are expect to last for life, it only refers to the upper portion. If you want to mix the two, consider buying a high-quality product and maintaining it. With boots the sole will need to be replaced but how often it needs it depends on how much you wear them.

I’ve seen them last a few years or a few months.

The upper portion will just need regular cleaning and conditioning, which you can do yourself in about 10 minutes with like $20 worth of supplies (that will last a long time).

This is turly taking care of your belongings and this is the case with anything that is of good quality.

I was taught to live by the rule that you don’t skimp on stuff that separates you from the ground. I buy the best shoes, tires, chairs, and mattresses I can afford.

It is a simple rule, but one that has served me well.

So leather work is a pretty expensive hobby/job. Most people including myself start with small easy projects that don’t require many tools, and gradually add more tools as needed. I’d estimate all the tools necessary to build a pair of boots would run at the bare minimum, $200-300 (or possibly more) not including the Landis 5 in 1 which could easily be upwards of $750.

Leather on top of that would initially be a couple hundred but that would last several pair.

Aside from amateurish boots I mostly build horse tack, gear and do some saddle repair.