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Bureaucrats Joke

A Department of Agriculture representative stopped at a farm and said to the old farmer, “I’m here to inspect your farm.” The old farmer said, “You’d better not go out in that field.”

The Ag representative said in a demanding tone, “I have the authority of the U. S. Government behind me. See this card, I am allowed to go wherever I wish on agricultural land.”

So the old farmer went about his chores. In a few minutes, he heard loud screams and saw the Department of Agriculture rep running for his life, headed for the fence. Close behind, and gaining with every step, was the farmer’s prize bull, nostrils flaring, madder than a full nest of hornets.

The old farmer cupped his hands to his mouth and yelled out, “Show Him Your Card! Show Him Your Card!”

February 23, 2007 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Humor, Joke, Locard Exchange Principal, Social Issues | 2 Comments

Book Meme – Too Much Temptation

Friday mornings in Kuwait can be VERRRRRY quiet. Today, I explored Technorati, and found people who have linked to me. One was PearLady and oh, what fun, she published a Book Meme.

I don’t do tags. I don’t do memes. Oh well, she found my weak spot. Here goes. Please read all the way to the bottom.

Hardback or paperback? I prefer paperback, just because I read all the time and paperback is more portable. And because I like to pass it along, and paperback is cheaper. But I buy hard cover when it is brand new from an author I love and I can’t wait.

Amazon or brick and mortar? Hands down Amazon, although if I am in the states, I can’t resist Barnes and Noble, and I always spend money there, and Half Price Books. Both ruin my weight allowance when I come to fly back to Kuwait.

Barnes & Noble or Borders? Either. Both. And all the little independent book sellers, too.

Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark is preferable, but occasionally I dogear sections I want to blog about. (Gasp) – occasionally I even underline.

Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title or random? First by subject, then by author, but not by title.

Keep, throw away, or sell? Part with a friend??? Ah well, sometimes it is necessary. I even keep shelves of books for people to borrow, or to take. I buy multiples of the best ones, and trust that they will find new friends when they depart from my shelves.

Keep dust jacket or toss it? I take it off to read the book, then put it back on and give the book away. Hardcover books are too heavy to ship!

Read with dust jacket or remove it? Oops, see above.

Short story or novel? I love them both. Good science fiction often comes in short stories, stories you can remember years later. And novels – those are the friends that you keep around.

Collection (by same author) or anthology (by different authors)? Collection by the same author, because I am particular and don’t like all authors.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? I prefer Harry Potter. I don’t know why, but I find Lemony Snicket a little creepy.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Prefer to stop at chapter breaks, but sometimes I fall asleep and just have to give it up.

‘It was a dark and stormy night’ or ‘Once upon a time’? For me, once upon a time. Love history.

Buy or Borrow? Mostly buy, but sometimes the book I want to read isn’t available for sale, and have to borrow.

New or used? Both. Some books you can’t find new.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Often look for specific authors, always looking for recommendations and often ask fellow travellers who look absorbed in what they are reading.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy endings are nice, and I also find that the ones that end without resolution are the ones I think about the longest.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Any time. Usually, I use it as a carrot to make me get work done and projects finished, so normal is later in the day.

Standalone or series? Both. I like the Dickensian continuity of series.

Favourite series? Dorothy Dunnet’s Niccolo series. Fascinating characters and I learn so much. Great, vivid images, takes you back to the mid 1400’s.

tag…you’re all it…show me the meme! (If you don’t have a blog, you are welcome to comment below, or cut and paste.)

February 23, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Fiction, Poetry/Literature | 5 Comments