Friday, October 26, 2007

October 26, 2007
A year ago today we were in Tombstone celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Gunfight At The O.K. Corral. Speaking of which, I had a book signing last night down at the new Tempe Marketplace Mall's Barnes & Noble, and Jerry showed up (he was also in attendance at our Bella Union events in Tombstone) for my discussion. When I asked him how he knew about the book signing, he said, "I read it on your blog." So, my blog outpulled the PR efforts of the Barnes & Noble chain. Yes, He was the lone attendee. He bought two books, Classic Gunfights, Volume II and III.

Here's the poster the store handed out for Hampton Sides (author of "Blood And Thunder") and myself. According to Jason, I oudrew Hampton, so maybe my name is a draw. Ha.

Here's the fine print if you can't read it: "Book signing and Discussion with one of the most respected and rowdiest historians on Arizona legend and lore. . ." I actually like and agree with the "rowdiest" part.

After the signing (singular), Jason Strykowski and I checked out the Manga and Graphic Novel aisle, which was adjacent to my speaking area. I picked up two titles: "Scalped: Indian Country", which is a graphic novel where The Sopranos meets the Res; and "The Fountain", from the director of Requiem For a Dream darren Aronofsky and "acclaimed artist" Kent Williams. I bought both for the art, which is very good.

Bonus Quote
"Man is always worse than most people suspect, but also generally better than most people dream."
—Reinhold Niebuhr

Slamming Kingman By Omission?
"Hey Bob, does the below statement from your new friend (October 24 blog) mean that a University Professor 'cannot' be from Kingman? Or, asked another way, is the insinuation being that Kingman is incapable of providing the cerebral human material to create a University Professor? Faye Logsdon [our beloved English teacher] would be distressed.

"By the way, I am not a resident of Kingman or 'irate Kingmanite' as you put it, I am a university professor."
—Bob The Dog

"If I were from Kingman (Oh, I forgot. I am from Kingman!) I would be truly offended."
—Ben E. Connor

My Favorite Chuck Norris "Facts"
• Chuck Norris once challenged Lance Armstrong in a "Who has more testicles?" contest. Chuck Norris won by 5.

• Chuck Norris once bet NASA he could survive re-entry without a spacesuit. On July 19th, 1999, a naked Chuck Norris re-entered the earth's atmosphere, streaking over 14 states and reaching a temperature of 3000 degrees. An embarrassed NASA publically claimed it was a meteor, and still owes him a beer.

• If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds 'til." After you ask, "Two seconds 'til what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face.

• Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked someone so hard that his foot broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

A Movie For Old Men
The buzz on the Coen Brothers' forthcoming movie No Country For Old Men is getting hotter and hotter. I'm going to go see the sneak next Tuesday. Here's a couple of snippets from Ain't It

"[Javier] Bardem's Anton Chigurh is the epitome of pure screen terror. A man with intelligence, wit, resourcefulness, a carefree nature, and worst of all, a conscience the size of a crumb to create the most beautifully crafted killer that the world will hope never exists. He's a beast of a man. He's the Atticus Finch for bad people. . .

"They brought noir elements to a story that takes place in West Texas, and brought them hard, and pulled it off to make the best American crime thriller since their last crime thriller. It doesn't get much more impressive than this."

To see the entire review, check it out right here:

"Only after the last tree has been cut down; Only after the last fish has been caught; Only after the last river has been poisoned; Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten."
—Apache prophecy

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