01 August 2010

Reading, Reviewing, and Recovering from the Hot Season

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During the Hot Season of spring and early summer, it is hard to be active and productive because of the oppressive heat and humidity, and one becomes weak. This year’s Rainy Season monsoons are weak due to El Nino-related weather patterns, but the clouds have relieved the wicked heat a bit. On recent nights, I have been able to go outside without a sweatband on my head. But I still put ice in my beer.
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I’m trying to exercise and build up some strength after the long period of heat and inaction. I have dumbbells and a very light routine of lifting, and after six weeks I’m feeling much better.
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I’m also getting into a more ambitious reading program and working on long-abandoned drafts of reviews. I missed a big book fair in downtown Bangkok this week because I was feeling too sick to travel. (We had gone out for movies and dinner, and I ate too much; it takes me days to recover from such big meals, but I can rarely resist them.)
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Here is my Review of the novels of David Gibbins, a marine archaeologist and historian that I enjoy reading.
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