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One of my few organizational accomplishments in 2007 was setting up the DC Cal Alumni book club. I really enjoyed the book clubs I participated in overseas and in Little Rock (sponsored by the local library system) and I was looking forward to joining one in DC. Then I found that the book club at the neighborhood library was on hiatus, and there were two "unofficial" (ie not Relief Society-sanctioned) book clubs in the ward which would be OK, but I was kinda looking forward to meeting new people. I was surprised that the alumni association here didn't have one, but there was a lot of interest, so I took the initiative. It's very popular yet only a few people manage to come each month. There are 100+ members on the GoogleGroup but there's been a max of maybe six people at each meeting. We have one member from the class of '57 and another from the class of '06. It is probably the mellowest book club ever - no set theme or membership limit, and we choose the next location and book selection at the end of each meeting, by randomly picking names. What could be easier? (Go Bears!)

So far we've read:
* The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
* The Proud Tower by Barbara Tuchman
* Consumed by Benjamin R. Barber
* Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

Next up:
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
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On January 8th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC), nausica2 commented:
Did you like The Eyre affair? I have always been curious about that one.
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On January 8th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It was very amusing and clever, but then I read all the sequels in quick succession and it became too much!
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On January 9th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Sounds a little like my bookclub, though we're not linked to any organisation just a bunch of friends who gather in a different pub every month. Actually I missed the last gathering and I need to find out what this month's book is. We just finished The Gathering by Ann Enright, which I found a little depressing in parts but an interesting read. I love Ex Libris (I think we might have had this conversation before) especially her line about marrying libraries.

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On January 9th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Any recommendations you have are welcome - we're definitely trying to steer clear of standard book club fare.
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On January 10th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC), hatter_anon replied:
Will get back to you on that one.
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On January 21st, 2008 01:23 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Schwartzenegger insists the victims of the 2007 Southern California firestorm temporarily residing at Jack Murphy Stadium are happy.
First he calls Tonight Show host Jay Leno an "idiot". Then he drops this bomb.
If it were Gray Davis the gods would have their media attack him mercilessly for these mistakes. Together they may be enough to cost any other politician his career. But not Arnold Schwartzenegger.
They say he makes comments like these all the time, clues which are all buried. And it's because they have BIG plans for him::::He is a tool who will be used to accomplish historical evil for the gods.

They say there is a strange sense of "unease" at the State Capitol, perhaps because he doesn't belong there. He is not American. Sadly this is an issue that is too readily discounted:::::His loyalties lie with a country that was the enemy of the United States a mere 65 years ago. Just as we witnessed with Clinton in 1992 expect blacks to register and vote en masse for Schwartzenegger as well, a clue and a red flag.

Weight training (promoted in every prison system in the country), promotion of pharmeceuticals (steroids), desensitizing "guy flicks" all prove the name "Preditor" is warranted.

There is symbolism between the two:::Hitler was an Austian-born leader of a foreign nation.
It appears as if Hitler is a monster. When Schwartzenegger does his thing he will appear as a hero, an enforcer of decency. Quite the opposite is true, ironically.
Monsters like Al Capone, violent gangsters from the 20s and 30s thought they were going up. Instead they were routed into the Nazi death camps::::This Austrian genocide event disposed of these monsters.
Schwartzenegger's genocide event will dispose of society's VICTIMS, people who are the way they are (abusive, abrasive, violent, criminal) BECAUSE of their disfavor.
People will say the Italians were pushed into it too, but I'd like to remind you black evidence is contradictory (crack, AIDS, etc). Italian evidence REINFORCES corruption (1906, ). Based on these clues it is safe to say the Italians are more disfavored than Africans.
Ironically, Hiter is the enforcer of decency. Schwartzenegger is the monster. But the movies already prove Schwartzenegger is a promoter of indencency, so when his genocide event happens there will be no secrets.

This exposure from me can change their script. Or, more appropriately said, alter the Manifest Destiny's senarios to fall in line with the god's script.
That means Schwartzenegger was never going to be used. But I think the evidence we have suggests he in fact IS the one foreshadowed with the Hitler figure, his genocide event foreshadowed with the Holocaust.
And, ironically, blacks will show up at the polls to vote for their own deaths.
I believe there is symbolism with Ronald Reagan as well.

There is one geographic clue I have not addressed in years:::Uranus, a planet tilted 90 degrees on its axis. I have stated in years past that I think this is a clue offered by the gods suggesting the fate of planet Earth, that tectonic plate subduction would be the method of disposal:::Earth’s axis will shift breaking continental plates free and initiating mass subduction.
Undesirables will either perish in the government marijuana erradication program "gone awry" or be the recipients of reparations granted by the US government because of it.
I believe the New Testiment battle of the Anti-Christ and the Second Coming of Christ will ocurr in subsequent years SPECIFICALLY because these people will be distracted with the money during the event.
When the Earth's axis shifts people will be cast into outer space with gold cards in hand.
I think this was foreshadowed on an episode of the Simpsons where Homer and Bart are on the disfavored ship and eject, only to experience a sense of euphoria, expand then explode in the vacuum of space.
When the United States government pays out reparations I believe you have less than a handful of years before the gods end on Planet Earth.

Vienna was the center of the music world for a reason.
Any middle age person today remembers the excitement surrounding classical music in the mid-20th century.
Motzart's ugly for a reason. Similarly, Schwartzenegger's appearance is suspect as well.
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