Wednesday, September 29, 2004

29 Sep 04

I made two phone calls today. The first was to the community college to ask about the guitar class I'd enrolled in. They told me it had been canceled and that I'd get a refund in two weeks. Good thing I called because there's no way they would have told me about the cancellation otherwise. I'll believe the refund is coming when I see it. All in all I'm very disappointed. I really wanted to take that class.

Next I called my shyster and told him to settle my lawsuit. I was rear-ended on July 23, 2002 by some idiot and since then I've had a bum shoulder. The lawyer seems reluctant to make a settlement unless I have my arm amputated, but I prefer to keep it. In a week I should learn what, if anything, I'll get from this.
Lest anyone think I'm some faker out for easy money, let me assure you that I live with pain in my shoulder every day, that I can't lift heavy objects or raise my arm high or put strain on it without pain. When I wake up in the morning it's virtually paralyzed and I couldn't beat a ten-year-old kid arm wrestling. Whatever I get, and it won't be much, I'd gladly return to have a normal shoulder again.

One of the things that was lost when I deleted my old blog was a much-deserved paean to Ed Gorman. This was occasioned by the announcement by Ed that he was folding his blog, Ed'a Place, due to the weight of other obligations. Today, out of habit, I checked his site again and was elated to learn that he will continue his blog, although with less participation from him. Other people will help bear the load and any of them are well worth reading.
But I'd like to go on record as saying that Ed Gorman is the brightest spot in modern publishing. He's done more to help newcomers get a leg up and old timers remain unforgotten than anyone I can think of. He also seems to me to be an extraordinarily humane and compassionate individual. Every time I walk away from something he wrote I feel as though I've had my eyes opened by someone of tremendous heart and insight. He's a hell of a writer, too.

THE ALAMO is now out on DVD. I wonder how many people will spend the $20 or whatever it costs to see it when they wouldn't spend half that to see it in the theaters. I'm a big Alamo fan (the real one) and admit I was disappointed in the movie, but I'll get the DVD and see if there was something in it I missed the first time around. Like a serviceable story.

Ichiro watch: There isn't much to cheer about for Seattle Mariners fans this season, but Ichiro's charge for the record number of hits is the one bright spot. He's going to make it unless he breaks a leg in the next game or two, so let's prepare to doff our hats to this incredible achievement.


Bill said...

Your comments about Ed Gorman are right on the money. Ed's done more for mystery writers and mystery writing than any other ten or twelve people I know.

Dave Lewis said...

Sad news about your guitar class. The usual reason community colleges cancel those non-credit courses is that not enough people sign up to make it profitable. I once had a class cancelled, though, because the teacher died - which seemed a much better excuse.
For an idea of what The Alamo movie could have been, I recommend Frank Thompson's novelization. Thompson doesn't have the fiction-writing skills of an Ed Gorman or Bill Crider, but he knows his Alamo stuff. Based on an early screenplay (before Disney slashed the budget), the book places the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, which is the only way to appreciate its significance. As presented in the film, the battle was hardly more meaningful than the seige of Waco.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

That's what they said, Dave; there weren't enough people signed up. It makes me wonder how many they needed.

I have had the Alamo novelization sitting on my computer for months and one of these days I'll read it.