Thursday, April 27, 2017

MCM: Reading Through The Alphabet #3- C

Chinatown Beat (A Detective Jack Yu Investigation #1)

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Detective Jack Yu is assigned to the Chinatown precinct as the only officer of Chinese descent. He investigates a series of attacks on children and a missing mistress, shifting between the world of street thugs and gangs and the Chinatown of the rich and powerful.

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they’re speaking English, Jack knows what’s going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery powerfully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

Before I started this book I had never read anything by this author, but his name started with a "C" and it was a mystery/detective story which is a genre I like.

It took a lot of getting used to because it is written from a NYC Chinese point of view which made it seem like an alien world to me. After I just let it flow into my mind though it was evocative and kinda scary.

Both the prejudice Jack Yu encounters in daily life from all sides and the attitudes the people of the area are different and is quite sad. Prejudice is alive and well.

I have decided to continue with the series as once I let myself flow into the book it did carry me to a very different and interesting life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

ESG: A typical thing

For this swap you will take 5 pictures of different things you feel are typical from your country/state/city.
This is a wheelchair ramp, this style is typical of the ramps people have that require them. In the area where I live maybe one house in 10 has one. That is because a lot of older folks come here from Toronto.
These are cedar trees and they are our most common evergreen. They are valued for their scent and that it takes a lot to kill one.
Right now everywhere you look the trees are putting out new leaves. This is typical of spring around here.
The garbage can I suspect you recognize but that blue thing on top maybe not. The blue bins as they are nicknamed are the bins we use for our recycling. Most every home has at least one, some have as many as three, depending on if they sort the different materials we recycle or not.
While one of these in someones back yard is unusual, these bottles are quite popular in smaller offices and homes. It is a typical water bottle for a water cooler.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Humorous Day

Humorous Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on April 19th.

Humorous Day is a day to find the humor in any situation that happens to be thrown our way. A day to remind us to see the bright side and to realize that most things are really not as important as they at first may seem.

I remember something I saw  or read a long time ago about a girl that could find the silver lining in anything. I do not know what it was called but I liked her optimism. It wasn't the glass half full kind but rather an extreme version of it.

I am trying to think of an example but I am not as optimistic as I once was, still it made me laugh. This is the kind of thing Humorous day helps us remember: Your cat dies and while you are sad you remind yourself that now you can give another, needy cat a new forever home where it will be loved and cared for. 



Always look for the happiness in everything, the positive action stemming from a negative event.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oracle Says: Believe

Believe in the magic of possibilities and unexpected gifts!


The magic of possibilities: A possibility can be good or bad of course but as with most things there is a 50% chance it will be one or the other.

There is a common wisdom that says that what you believe is what will come to pass, so if you believe that the choice is the right one chances are it will be, for you. The operative words here are "for you".

Another person may make a different choice, one opposite to yours or kitty corner to it, which is right for them. That is what possibility is, probable but really different for different people.

The difficulty a lot of people seem to have is that their belief system is the only right one. I am not just talking about religion here but in all things. "My opinion is the only one that counts and you must believe as I do"

So wrong but it is perhaps the one statement I hear in sub-text all the time from nearly everyone. You believe what you believe and I believe what I believe and both possibilities are the correct one. This is my opinion and you are entitled to choose a different one but don't condemn me based on it. After all we are both right.



The magic of unexpected gifts: Ever notice that when you really need something and you focus on it, it comes true. It requires you to voice your need for there a few mind-readers in the world. Even a casual mention to someone can always finds its way to the right ears and lead the listener to who ever listened to the listener to provide what you need.

The unexpected gift can be anything from a letter from the past to a new car at a reasonable price just as your current one bites the dust. I believe that anything can happen and if you need it badly enough it will.




Monday, April 17, 2017

101 Things Progress- March 2017

Link to my full list: Day Zero List



My start date: January 20 2017



My end date: October 18, 2019


  • Total number of goals completed: 7
  • Number of goals completed this month: 7

  • Total number of goals in progress:
  1. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet 2/26 Letter C
  2. Read 150 books in 2017 using PopSugar and other Reading Challenges plus GoodReads to track it 40/150 IP
  3. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet 6/26 The list of movies I've watched are on this page: Movies A to Z
  4. See 10 classic movies I've never seen 6/10 These are marked on the Movie list
  5. Watch a movie from every year I've been alive 27/56 Refer to Movie List 
  6. Listen to a new artist every month 2/12
  7. Complete a 'Walk To Mordor' challenge ( It’s 1779 miles (2863 km) from the Shire to Mordor following Frodo and Sam’s journey.) 3.5 km/2863 KM 
  8. Watch 200 Movies 27/200
  9. Design Altered Fashion Doll- Winter and create it
  10. Create a budget and stick to it
  • Number of goals in progress worked on this month: 4

  • List and description of goals I've completed this month:
  1. Read 26 books I've never read whose authors last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet 2/26 Letter B completed
  2. Don't eat sugar for a week (5th-11th) Giving up sugar for Lent
  • List and description of goals I've made progress on this month but haven't finished yet: 
Altered Fashion doll - In progress but incomplete because about half way through the month I decided to go with old man winter instead of a winter goddess so I have to redo the design

  • List and description of goals I've abandoned/failed this month: Failed the no-Spend part of the month but not until the last week of February. Made it through 3 weeks though!

  • List of goals I hope to work on/complete next:
Add another 15 books by the end of April to my current total of 40
Add two more letters to the Movies A-Z
Add at least one more classic movie
Listen to a new music artist
Add another 5 km to my Walk to Mordor
Take a photo of the same place every month for year Choosing the place and taking my first photo
Take a photo for every letter of the alphabet. Hope to complete this in one month

  • Your favorite goal worked on this month: March was not a good month for me and spent lost.