Operation rose

e'er bloomingI’m putting pretty much everything else aside to read Under the Dome. My evening is spent reading, as is my morning writing time slot. I’m about 555 pages in after two days, so I think I’ll be able to finish the 1074-page book on Saturday at this pace, which gives me Sunday to write the review. Manageable, I think. The worst thing that could happen would be to drop the great brick of a book on my foot and end up in the ER. Of course, I could read there, too.

I did manage to finish up episode 5 of season 2 of Ashes to Ashes yesterday as well. I like the second season better than the first. Alex is much less annoying than before, but she’s also a much less convincing “ruminating out loud” character than Sam Tyler was. I liked the episode with the pregnant journalist who showed up claiming the kid was Gene’s. Great Glaswegian accent. A few references to Sam Tyler’s existence in their reality, too, the fact that he married Annie and lived a happy life until he was killed. The new character, the guy who knows about Alex’s situation, is an interesting twist. I thought for a moment he was going to congratulate Alex on rejecting his proposal, which seemed tantamount to signing on for the same kind of corruption that Gene is now dead-set on fighting. Operation rose, hmmm? I keep thinking of Rose Tyler, for some reason.

Off to get my eyes checked today. First time since April ’08. I might have gotten new glasses then, but I decided to hold off a year. Guess that means I’m in for it today. I’m already wearing pentafocals or octafocals, graduated lenses that are the new, high-tech version of bifocals. I have no faith at all in laser surgery, so that’s not an option for me. I’ve been wearing glasses for distance vision for over 30 years, but in the past three or four years I’ve needed them for close-up, too. If only they could come up with something that generated a lot of light on what a person is trying to see, I’d be on board for that.

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