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Month in review

Reviews:
The Altman Code by Gayle Lynds
The Art World Dream by Eric Rudd
The Autobiography of Malcolm X retold by Alex Haley
Bare by Elisabeth Eaves
Being Committed by Anna Maxted
Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K Dick
Giorgio by Anita Benarde
GIS: Socioeconimic Applications by David Martin
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Headache Relief for Women by Alan M. Rapoport and Fred D. Sheftell
Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton
Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann
Mrs. P's Journey by Sarah Hartley
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Sacred Flowers by Roni Jay
Sacred Symbols: Ancient Egypt by Thames & Hudson
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Spooky California by S. E. Schlosser
Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Ward No. Six by Anton Chekov

Miscellaneous
Baby Teeth and Eating
Dinner with Sean
Eight Facts About Me
Eight Months Old
Happy Monkey's Day
Harriet at 8 1/2 Months
Heat Wave
Ian's Teeth
Maxine Runs Cold
Maxine Runs Hot
New Jeans
New Postal Rates
No Swimming and Other Stuff
Swimming
Swimming Again
Toast
The Wooden Spoon

Vacation
Traffic
South Pasadena

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Comments for Maxine Runs Hot

Sean in MaxineMaxine Runs Hot: 05/15/07

Back when we sold Ferdinand we joked that Maxine was now our "old car" and we hoped she wouldn't notice. Well, she's noticed. A week ago Sunday while we were coming back from Dublin, the car shuddered and then the AC seemed to go in and out. The next day the car nearly over heated and we quickly discovered we could keep her running warmer than normal but still safely if we didn't use the AC.

Today Ian took her in for service. She needed to have her AC looked at, a smog check (her first ever?) and a regular tune up. By one o'clock it was clear that Maxine would have to stay overnight because she needs two new radiator fans. Her original two are warped to the point that they no longer work. We're guessing that three years living in Pacifica, plus a couple years of parking in puddles at work and our redwood slog through the water to see the elk caused them to rust and deform.

In the meantime we've rented a 2007 bright red Accord. We've installed the car seats in it and have used it to get Sean home from school and will again tomorrow to get Sean to school. Hopefully we can return the car and pick up Maxine tomorrow.





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