I finished the audio book of Elmore Leonard’s “Mr. Paradise” earlier today. It was an interesting story about a rich retired lawyer who has a fond love of the University of Michigan Football team and blonde cheerleaders.  

He had hired an escort/hooker/term of your choice on more than one occasion to dress in a cheer-leading outfit to cheer as he watched old games on his good ole VCR. At times, the outfits became less skimpy than the average cheer-leading outfit does when the top/bottom came off.  On this given night, he talked his regular call girl into bringing a friend along. 

Well, after flipping a coin, to see which girl would stay with him. Mr. Paradise and the unlucky lady were gunned down, part of a plot to get some stock/property/valuables out of the old man.  It takes some twists as the “wrong” girl was killed, and plans become to unravel.

I could easily see it on the silver screen. Look forward to that “dense patch of dark hair”, which was actually a very strong clue. 

2017 in Review (slim chance I add another one that is finished this year,if I do, I’ll make a single post.) 

Seems like they aren’t counting one of the Bukowsk audio books above.

Charles Bukowski and Elmore Leonard ruled my literary world for 2017.

Crunching the above numbers even though I know they are off, since I have read pages in about 20 other books that I’ve yet to complete, I’ll go with the data that they presented and it says I’ve read roughly 21 pages a day this year. It’s kinda neat knowing I was one 1 of 78 to read the Bukowski book in 2017. 

Reading List


Part of my background noise today was the audio cd/book of Charles Bukowski reading some of his poetry/short stories at a bar in Redondo Beach in 1980.

you boys can keep your virgins
give me hot old women in high heels
with asses that forgot to get old.

Charles Bukowski

I finished the audiobook version of Charles Bukowski’s “Ham on Rye” earlier. It might be his strangest yet.   It was all over the place.  Talking about details in the 4th grade that a 4th grader shouldn’t be talking about, I alluded to that when I first started it.

It remained strange. It remained Bukowski

13 becomes 12.

I finished the book by Norm MacDonald today. It was highly entertaining and somewhat confusing. Billed a memoir, it was laced with fabricated stories, which makes you wonder what % was accurate and what % he had this big shit-eating grin on his face as he pecked away at the keyboard, or talked into a recorder like he mentioned doing. 

I listened to the audiobook version and that made it more entertaining simply because it was his unique voice reading it. 

He has a twitter account and often is tweeting out play by play to a ball game, golf tournament or some sporting event. When I read the tweets, I hear his voice in my head. That happens with 3 people that I can think of. Norm MacDonald, Nick Offerman and Brian Baumgartner, which when I read his tweets, I hear the voice of Kevin from “The Office”. I can’t help it, just how I’m wired.  

“Pronto” by Elmore Leonard will likely be the next one off the list, I’m a little more than half way through it, though with baseball season opening up the Mantle & Cobb books might draw some attention as well. “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski is a contender as well since it’s an audio book. 

18 returns to 17


I often carry things to read
so that I will not have to look at
the people.

Charles Bukowski


I’m listening to Bukowski’s “Ham on Rye” and he’s talking about learning about “fucking” in 4th grade, which is after he talked about a neighborhood girl showing him her panties on a daily basis.  Dongs, holes and juice.

4th grade