**** INTRO ****
This is the official launch of my new blog, Nick’s Treehouse Café. I encourage you to immediately page over to the ‘About’ tab and read what this is all about… it would be silly to repeat it here. Or try to say it all again, only differently. So go there… now… and then come back.
OK, did you go there and read? If so, welcome back. If not, what are you waiting for? … Hurry up! … I’ll wait! … … … OK, moving on.
But I do have some more thoughts on why I’m doing this. First of all, sometimes I see or hear or read something and I ponder on it a bit, and then I just want to tell everyone else my opinion. Sometimes just to share… sometimes to vent! Because I’m right, y’know? LOL! Or as I said to my buddy Matt the other day, “I’m just egotistical enough to think everyone needs to know my opinion.” He told me the word I was looking for was “narcissistic”.
Also, I just love to write. The more I do it, the more I want to do it. I think this endeavor is going to help spur even more creative writing. Wish me luck.
NOTE: I apologize in advance for any awkward changes of font. This whole blog editing process seems a bit persnickety… several times it changed font on me from one paragraph to the next and doesn’t seem to want to let me change it back. Subject Matter Expert advice is welcome.
The name… I wanted a cozy, welcome feeling, and I’ve always liked the treehouse idea. Many Calvin and Hobbes (“The Greatest Comic Strip EVER”) cartoons featured the treehouse. A treehouse is shelter, it’s a place to hang out, relax, and have fun… and it has a kid feel… you don’t have to “act your age”. But as I thought more about the name, I also got this mental image of me standing behind a bar, wearing an apron, sleeves rolled up, maybe grilling a steak and pouring an icy cold one from the tap… and, of course, expounding upon my many opinions. 😀 So I combined the two ideas, and there you have it… Nick’s Treehouse Café!
**** By the way… ****
**** What I’m Reading Now ****
I’m currently reading “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson. It’s the second book in the author’s ‘Millennium’ Trilogy. The first is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”; the third is “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”.
Since I’m smack-dab in the middle of “Fire”, I’ll primarily make this a review of the first book. Let me start by saying Stieg Larsson could WRITE! This man knew his way around a plot. It makes me sorry to know that there will only be these three books. (Mr. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after turning in the manuscript for the three novels.)
Both the first and second novel take a while setting up the various plot strands, but when they’re all in place, the story kicks into high gear and RUNS at a pace you can’t imagine being sustained for 400 more pages. But it does. As I said, the man could write! You may guess at the answers to the plot twists, but the fun is in getting there. By the way, some of these plot angles are not G-rated. You’ve been warned.
The main storyline – there are several – involves a mystery about a young woman who vanished, presumably murdered, forty years previous. But the primary strength of the novels lie in their unique heroine, Lisbeth Salander, a mysterious young antisocial computer hacker, and her relationship with the journalist Michael Blomkvist. Lisbeth is one of the most original protagonists you’ll ever meet.
A recurring theme in Larsson’s novels is male violence towards women. (The original Swedish title of “Dragon Tattoo” was “Men Who Hate Women”.) The author divides the world of men between relatively “good” men and men who are various degrees of bad… ranging from merely obnoxious to truly evil. In Larsson’s world, the bad guys seems to vastly outnumber the good. …
Your friendly blogger is not so sure he’s wrong.
Overall: Highly recommended!
Trivia: These books made me think about what other books I’ve read that are translated from other languages:
- The Bible
- The Iliad ~ Homer
- The Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas
…….. I think that’s about it!
Fun songs that you might not have heard:
Into Action ~ Tim Armstrong
Boom Boom Goes My Heart ~ Alex Swings Oscar Sings
Life, Love, Laughter ~ Donavon Frankenreiter
I love football, but I’m more a fan of professional football (the NFL) than of college football. So on one level, I haven’t worried too much about what appears to be the impending demise of the Big 12 (temporarily on hold as of 4 or 5 seconds ago). As an NFL guy, I don’t really understand the concept of rooting for a group. Know what I mean? Like someone yelling, “Woo-Hoo! SEC, Baby!” I mean, my Cowboys play in the NFC East, but I don’t root for the NFC East. On the one hand, there are my ‘Boys. All the other teams are hated rivals. (How’s that empty trophy case in Filthadelphia, Eagles fans?!?)
That being said, I do have an opinion on it. It seems to me that the great state of Texas … and even Okieland and parts North… have a strong enough football tradition that we don’t need to look to the east or west coast in search of college football significance. Too many uppity folk on each coast like to look down on us as “fly-over country”. We don’t need them! Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska have great football traditions. Why should Tech want to play in the Pac-12? Lubbock is over 1,000 miles from LALA-land.
C’mon guys… hammer out the differences and keep the Big 12 alive! Either that or scrap it and rebuild the Southwest Conference!
- Over the last two games, Tony Romo has demonstrated what leadership and courage are all about. Leading a team chock-full of injuries and inexperience, and playing in a world of pain, he has pulled off two consecutive wins, seemingly by force of will. Don’t be a hater! This kid has the determination and guts that legends are made of.
- The Dallas defense has played well (some times better than others) in spite of significant injuries at the corner position. Deserving exceptional praise are DeMarcus Ware (Ryan once described D-Ware as playing like “a bulldozer with a jet engine”!) and Sean Lee (the 2nd year middle linebacker was recently honored as the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month).
- I like underdogs and “Cinderella stories”, so I’m impressed with the 3-0 starts of the Lions and Bills. I think they’re for real, and hope they keep it up! (Except for the Lions… this week… against Dallas…. y’all can stink it up like old times!) 😉
- In case you hadn’t noticed, former Red Raider Wes Welker of the Patriots is on pace for a record-setting year for receptions and receiving yards. Go Wes! Represent!
**** Things I Don’t Have An Opinion On ****
(Either because I haven’t looked into it… or just don’t care to.)
The trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor.
The trial/appeal/whatever of Amanda Knox
Hope you enjoyed my first effort! Comments very welcome!