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    Zero below zero. All winter commuting in Duluth MN on a studded tired electric motorcycle. Book came as a free gift with last order from Aerostich.

    Has me seriously looking at a second motorcycle being an electric for local errands and commuting. I really like the thought of (almost) zero maintenance.
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    Winter Ride

    Followed the blog that winter as they were doing the commuting back and forth it was interesting something that might be fun once. Snow and slush roads with potholes darkness dealing with traffic and hills one time and I could check that off my bucket list.

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    "Churchill; A Life" by Martin Gilbert, "Grant" by Jean Edward Smith, "Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: All Volumes" Ulysses S. Grant, "The Great Divorce" C.S. Lewis. These I've all finished second read within the last month or so, second read as I typically will read a book twice to glean what I missed in my haste to finish the first time through.

    Churchill was a rather interesting chap, larger than life really, the only thing I disliked was his insistence on socialism solving societies ill's. Driven, courageous quite a person.

    Grant was a man built for his place in time, much as we all are i guess, very under appreciated figure in American history a true national treasure.

    I think you'll enjoy them all.
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    The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

    K, I'm a scientist at heart.

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    "EVR", Eddie Rickenbacker's autobiography.
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    Books

    I just finished:

    Freakonomics: by Levitt and Dubner

    I found it extremely interesting and thought provoking. Especially Chapter 4.

    The book is a collection of 'economic' articles written by Levitt, an expert who has already gained a reputation for applying economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by "traditional" economists; he does, however, accept the standard neoclassical microeconomic model of rational utility-maximization. In Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner argue that economics is, at root, the study of incentives. The book's chapters cover:

    Chapter 1: Discovering cheating as applied to teachers and sumo wrestlers, as well as a typical Washington DC area bagel business and its customers
    Chapter 2: Information control as applied to the Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents
    Chapter 3: The economics of drug dealing, including the surprisingly low earnings and abject working conditions of crack cocaine dealers
    Chapter 4: The role legalized abortion has played in reducing crime, contrasted with the policies and downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu (Levitt explored this topic in an earlier paper entitled "The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime," written with John Donohue.)
    Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education
    Chapter 6: The socioeconomic patterns of naming children (nominative determinism)

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    How The Right Lost its Mind by Charles Sykes.

    I'm about half way through now, it's good reading.............Rod.
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    The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing

    I just finished Melissa Holbrook Pierson's "The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing". I found it interesting but bordering on a little bit of brown-nosing at the skills of the long distance rider's.

    Part of that is my fault. I can knock out 800 mile days if needed, but rarely feel the need, so I tend to slow down, take the roads less traveled and have learned to enjoy the beauty, the interesting people one meets along the way.

    I still think people doing 1000 mile days, back to back to back, are missing something so essential to riding, but the book DOES reinforce the mental and athletic skill needed to do that kind of riding, so I am impressed with that. And I do acknowledge that there are many, many facets of being a motorcylist, so my view might be tainted.

    Overall, I would give the book 3/5 stars. 2/5, if you're not a motorcyclist.

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    Centennial by James A Michener

    Currently reading this, I am a big history and frontier buff.

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    Anyone done the Alienist and/or the sequel The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr?

    Late 1800's New York City crime drama with Teddy Roosevelt as one of the characters.

    Was binge watching the TV series and wondered if I should bother with the books.

    Just finished re-reading all my books by Robert B Parker. Penned the Spencer series (think Spenser for Hire tv movies), the Jesse Stone series (think the Tom Sellek tv movies) and the Virgil Cole series - Appaloosa, Resolution, Brimstone and The Blue Eyed Devil.

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    Airframe by Michael Crichton

    The book is about the investigation of an air incident.

    Moves right along and the explanation of the aeronautics is quite interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rags View Post
    Currently reading this, I am a big history and frontier buff.
    I used to like Michener, but not anymore. I recently read Iberia and was turned off by his infatuation with bull fighting. Then I started his Mexico, and he was still on a jag glorifying bull fighting. I put it down and will not finish it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPGR90s View Post
    I just finished Melissa Holbrook Pierson's "The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing". I found it interesting but bordering on a little bit of brown-nosing at the skills of the long distance rider's.

    big snip here -

    Overall, I would give the book 3/5 stars. 2/5, if you're not a motorcyclist.
    And I would give it a 5/5 because I personally knew John Ryan very well, and greatly admired his athleticism and riding skills. Prudoe Bay to Key West in 86 hours speaks for itself. No Dairy Queens were visited.
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    The Escape by David Baldacci.
    Currently reading "End Game' by David Baldacci

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWaterCooled View Post
    I used to like Michener, but not anymore. I recently read Iberia and was turned off by his infatuation with bull fighting. Then I started his Mexico, and he was still on a jag glorifying bull fighting. I put it down and will not finish it.
    He asked my mom to do a proofread / fact check years ago when he wrote TEXAS. She got a credit, however, he wasn't concerned for her way more correct version of the facts...he was writing fiction with some historical events intertwined...she shook her head and put her red pencil away and was surprised she still got a mention

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