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About Matthew

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  • Birthday October 22

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  • Location Napa Valley, CA
  • Interests Jazz, Baseball and good writing.

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  1. Now reading...

    I actually liked the last volume Hearing Secret Harmonies very much, thought it ended the series on a somber, but real note. To my reading, Temporary Kings (volume 11) is a total shambles, advanced nothing in the various story-lines. I'll be interested to see if I'm of the same opinion this time through.
  2. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Joe West? Amazing, you know an umpire is bad when players call out West, by name -- no anonymous player quotes, players willing to be named. It's a short list of umpires who are that bad, the only others I can think of are Hernandez, Eric Gregg and Dave Palone.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Joe McPhee: As Serious As Your Life
  4. Now reading...

    A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell. Heaven help me, but I've started my fourth go-round on Powell's A Dance To The Music Of Time. It takes a long while to read everything, but at the end, it's always worth it. This is volume one, where a number of important players are introduced, sort of the beginning of a spiders web, where the interlocking of lives develop. Also making my way, intermittently, through Ian Ker's biography of John Henry Cardinal Newman (my second time), who still strikes me as an unsympathetic character for some reason.
  5. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    I assumed David was joking... the only umpire I could think of that could be worse that even Leslie Nelson was Cowboy Joe West, truly the equal of Hernandez in all ways..
  6. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    No way! Hernandez's replacement is even worse... Joe West!
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    I try to make life easy on myself, my internet law is: If I don't like it, I move on. I mean, one click, and I can see something else.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    William Parker: Painter's Spring.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Les McCann: Invitation To Openness
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Eddie Fisher & The Next One Hundred Years