Monthly Archives: August 2016

THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen

I just finished reading this book.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.  This book tells the story of a young Vietnamese man that gets caught up in the Viet Nam war.  He leaves Vietnam during the fall of Saigon.  Actually, he “escapes” from Vietnam during the fall of Saigon and ends up in California.  He had been working in the South Vietnamese Army and when the US forces fled the country, he went with them.  However, this man was working both sides of the fence.  He was secretly acting as a sympathizer for the Viet Cong and was supplying them with information about South Vietnamese and US Army activities.  The novel tells a different side of the story that I never thought of before.  For example there were 200,00 South Vietnamese soldiers killed in war and there names are not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.  But they built there own Vietnam War Memorial in Orange County, California, home of “Little Saigon”, the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.  This book is a very good read.  I highly recommend it.

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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Uncategorized





St.Thomas is about an hours drive from my place.  After supper yesterday I made the drive to attend the The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show.  I find his performances to be very entertaining.  Between each song, he tells jokes and little stories about his life on the road.  Not sure how you would categorize his music — alt. country, I suppose.

Last night the sound system was not the best.  I found it a bit difficult to understand the words of his songs, except that I familiar with some of the song lyrics, so it was not too bad for me.  But for someone that was unfamiliar with his music it would have been difficult.  Between songs, however, his jokes and stories came thru nicely.  Easy to understand.

The is typical of one of his shows.  Lots of jokes and stories.


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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


Camping in Algonquin Park – 1982

I came across this picture today while sorting thru some old photos.  This is Bob Turner on the left and Bruno Hochheimer on the right.  Bruno went camping every spring in Algonquin Park.  In 1982, Bob and I went up to join him.  Bruno was a co-worker of mine at Nova Chemicals.


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Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Uncategorized