October 21st, 2012

Paul Neyron rose 2

Sunday so far

I went to bed around 3:00 a.m.  Mom called at 11:30 a.m. to say that she and Dad were stopping at a grocery store on the way home from church.  I'm not sure why she felt the need to call, because they weren't planning to get bagels.  When they do, she'll ask if I want one and what kind.  I'm kind of a traditionalist when it comes to bagels, but easy enough to please.  I like poppy seed, sesame seed and egg bagels.  Dad likes to try strange ones like blueberry and honey oat or whatever.  Sometimes I'll call Mom if I'm in a grocery store to see if she wants anything.  I don't know why she called to say they'd be out for another half hour or so, especially when she could guess I'd be sleeping anyway.

I don't worry if they're out for the morning or day.  I don't expect them to worry if I'm out for the afternoon.  I'm concerned if Mom's driving at night, because of the deer.

Mom's working the evening shift at the university library, which is 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  I went with her.  She likes me to drive her home.  I don't know why she thinks I'd see a deer faster than she would.  Then again, I'm not tired at 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. like she gets.

I brought my e-reader with me, and there are obviously plenty of other books to read in the library.  It would have been a nice day to spend outside, because it's in the sixties or so.  I may go see if I can find a bench outside where I can sit and read.

Later: The power went out briefly, but there were emergency lights.  The server at the university also went offline, presumably then, but was off for a while even after the power came back on.  I was reading when the power went out, not trying to do anything online.

I got about halfway through African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960.  I'd only read the first chapter and into the second chapter when I brought the book with me, and was hoping to finish it today.  It's slow reading, though.  I'd heard of some of the actresses, and not heard of others, but I don't watch that many movies.  The first actress looked at is Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who I hadn't heard of.  She was in films from 1915 to 1959.  A bit before 7:00 p.m., I finished the chapter on Hattie McDaniel.  I'll take the book back home with me and hopefully finish it up within the next few weeks.

The author, Charlene Regester, is using psychological and philosophical theories and interpretations about Otherness and the shadow.  I like the parts of the chapters that are about the actresses' actual careers and accomplishments.  Some of the psychological interpretation uses theories I don't believe in.  I can go with the Otherness ideas, but some of the psychoanalytical theories and interpretation of certain philosophers seem to me to be reaching.  I thought the book would be entirely non-fiction, not that it would have psychoanalytic and philosophical theories.

I'm looking at it as learning about the actresses and their careers.  Some of the actresses I've read about so far were active in trying to break barriers of prejudice for others as well.

Later still: I finished Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success.  At least I finished one of the books I'd gotten from the university library and was able to return it.

A couple of hours after that: We made it home safe.  I was going very slowly in spots.  At least most of the way it was two lanes each way so faster drivers could pass me.