I will read just about anything. These days I get books from thrift
shops and wherever I can get them for a buck or so. I take them to
sea to read. I don't even have a reading chair here on the dock. No
space for it. I read a lot of best sellers just because they are in
the thrift shop for 50c. I will read almost any book that happens
onto the boat.
I will read about anything that lives in the ocean and most things
that live on the land. I have read a lot of history but these days
do not much feel like it. I used to be more interested in the
political, but I have come to think it is sort of useless to think
about it. The world is run by just those people who ought not to be
let run it. And it always has been.
At one time I read a lot of military history. Particularly the
Second World War. But I am tired of it now. I guess we had to fight
the Axis, but we did not have to fight the Vietnamese or get messed
up in the mideast. I used to read the newspaper, but now it seems
like it is just the same old stuff over and over. People act amazed
when it turns out that politicians are crooks. I learned that from
Watergate. Nothing changes, really. So I would rather read
I liked a lot of the real classic stuff. I read the Gulag
Archipelago and The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,
Dostoyevski Hemingway, a bunch of things I cannot think of right
now. Lots of the classics really are good. Some are junk. I like a
lot of the modern stuff, too. Elmore Leonard, Grisham, Le Carre,
Douglas Addams: Hitchiker's guide, Ken Kesey One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest & Sometimes a Great Notion, Ray Bradbury:
Farenheit 451, Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Catch 22, Hermann
Hesse: Steppenwolf, Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's travels and Candide,
I was sad to hear Vonnegut died, although it was his time. I really
liked his stuff. Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, etc.
Kind of tired of movies lately. There is less and less going on in
them. There is a lot of evil in them, now, too. You are supposed to
like bad people as protagonists. The effects are neat, though. I
liked the animated dinosaurs in _Jurrasic Park_ for instance.
Tombstone with Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday was great. I liked T2
with Arnold Schwartzenneger. 2001, Full Metal Jacket, Star Wars,
Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Kurt Russel, Mel Gibson, Halle Berry,
Callista Flockhart, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson,
Lee Marvin, the Monty Python movies, like Life of Brian and Holy
Chopin to Dire Straits. Rap is not music, so that doesn't count.
Country is all right if it is musical, but if they have no more to
say than 6 words over and over, then Weird Al has said it on that.
Like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, CSNY Clapton, Elton John, Heart, Dan
Fogerlburg, Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, Kansas, Bonnie Raitt,
Juice Newton, Shania Twain, Steppenwolf, Johnny Nash, Santana, Dire
Straits, Budapest string quartet,
I should eat more vegetables. On the boats they have a lot of
canned stuff. Ever read the nutrition info on canned corn? It's
like 2% of your vitamin A and 12% of your sodium. It almost isn't
food. I buy the frozen mixed things because for some reason in
season or out, you want to buy fresh stuff and they think you are a
sucker. A dollar for a peach. In Texas I have a tree that puts out
hundreds a year if it does not hail on the blossums.
I like the stir fry stuff like snow peas, water chestnuts, peppers,
broccoli, and so. I will put in some onions and garlic, maybe a few
shrimp, some cayenne pepper, some more cayenne pepper, now we're
I like Mexican food, and Korean food which is hot. I mean compared
to Mexican. I eat kim chee. I also like Chinese and Thai.
When I cook myself, I like a lot of the seafood here. It is really
cheap here. Lots of times free. I eat crabs on occasion but give
most of mine away. In summer I often catch a dozen a day in 4 traps
right off the dock. I buy oysters. I like to shuck them and then
fry them in butter with cloves of garlic. Just take a toothpick and
pick up an oyster then a garlic clove, and so on. I will put shrimp
there, too. Possibly a little Italian Seasoning and likely some
If I have a redfish or speckled trout, I fillet and skin the fillet
and bone it out. Then I either fry it in a tempura batter, or just
put it in oil or butter in the pan and put black pepper on
I am losing interest in beef and pork. The prices are really stupid
here. They want $4 a pound for a poor cut. They are trying to get 8
for a T bone and there is almost no filet on it. Foo. I can go a
half a mile down the road to the shrimp shed and get 15-25 shrimp
for $2.50 or so.
Even if I buy the oysters shucked they are only about $6.50 a pint.
About half that if I buy them in the shell. I got a piece of steel
from one of the oilfield docks for free. A scrap of inch plate. I
bought a head of a roofing hatchet for $1 in Texas and welded a
pipe handle on it. I found a Dexter Russel oyster knife by the side
of the road. One of my friends is an oyster shucker. Bobby sat me
down at my piece of steel plate on top of a wooden wire spool I
also got for free, and showed me how it is done. So I think very
little of shucking oysters. I am all set up.