Friday, May 16, 2008

Things I Did on My 3A B'Day

First of all, hexadecimal expression of my age worked better last year when I could claim being "39".

This morning I read part S E Hinton's The Outsiders on my train ride to work. She is receiving the Chicago Tribune's YA book prize this year and will speak at the Printer's Row book fair on June 7th. I've already reserved my free tickets. It's really interesting reading a popular YA book writen 40+ years ago. Much of the first chapter is Pony Boy describing his gang of friends one by one (in first person narritive). I don't picture that would happen today. I could be wrong. It's not that it bothers me -- rather I just think 2008 writing style is different. One thing I've also noticed is that her writing helps the reader to understand the era's lingo. For example, surrounding sentences make it clear when Pony says "the fuzz", surrounding text makes it clear Pony means the police. This helps make it clear to future readers who, unlike myself, did not grow up in the era. I like this -- it helps the book to remain more viable. I am getting old though --no reading on ride home -- forgot the book at work. I am enjoying the book and will report after June 7th on the presentation.

Dinner was Edwardo's Stuffed Spinich Pizza.

Presents included a new printer and a case of paper.

I did not win Mega Millions.

I did play Outburst and Dominoes.

I did have a GREAT day.

Jim D.

5 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Happy birthday! Glad I'm not the only one who counts my age in hex. 26 this year for me.

Jim D said...

PJ: Confesion--I stole the idea from you a year ago.

Christine M said...

You wacky engineers!

Happy Birthday, Jim!

PJ Hoover said...

What's that saying? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The hex age thing is like being part of an elite club of people who strive to solve the Rubik's Cube. And believe me - I'm in the club!

Vivian said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you had fun!