Thursday, December 31, 2009

Check out the lovely and talented Mrs. Algeo explaining the American festa Thanksgiving to the good people of Parma (home of the famed cheese). Click here to see the video. Allyson begins appearing at the 2:38 mark.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thanks to the Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette for a very nice review of HTEA. The best bit: "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure is a lovingly researched, beautifully written and thoroughly absorbing account of the Trumans' trek."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Boxing Day!

I hope everybody's enjoying the holidays. It's been warm and rainy in Rome, not very Christmas-like weather, but we had a great day yesterday. First of all, Santa got me a nifty new Flip video recorder. Very cool! Then we had a wonderful Christmas dinner with friends at our friends Neil and Laura's apartment. I took the recorder along, of course!

Today also happens to be the 37th anniversary of the death of Harry Truman. So raise a glass for Harry tonight (bourbon, preferably). Here's his obituary from the New York Times. I think it's pretty good.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thank you Wake County (North Carolina) Public Library for making Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure your "Book-A-Day" pick for today!

Monday, December 14, 2009

They’ve changed the way household trash is picked up here in Rome. Changed it from the most simple system imaginable to one of the most complicated. Used to be, you just put your trash out on the curb at night. No special days, no special bags – no sorting. (There were vague rumors that, if you put your bottles and cans in a separate bag, somehow they would be recycled. But we were skeptical.)

It wasn’t the most environmentally friendly system, but it sure was convenient.

Recently, however, the city instituted a new system in our neighborhood. Now trash must be separated four ways (organic waste, paper, bottles, non-recyclable waste). Each is collected on a different day at two different places. It’s all very confusing, and so far we seem to be the only people in our apartment building actually trying to follow the new system. Apparently old habits die very, very hard here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Washington Post has included Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure on its list of the Best Books of '09. Thank you, Post!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Good to hear that the first ski area in Mongolia has opened!
I guess all that gelato finally caught up with me. I'm having a root canal done. Part One was this morning, and it went pretty well, though it was definitely not painless. My dentist is a very nice German woman. She speaks English very well, but with her assistants she speaks German. As the talked, I tried to translate in my head, using my college German. I wasn't very successful, but it provided a nice distraction from the pins being shoved down the roots of my teeth...

On a much happier note, Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure is one of the book club selections at By the way, have I mentioned that the book would make a great Christmas gift?