As I’ve probably mention, I’ve been working in an office answering phones for the past eight weeks or so. Along with all the wrong-number callers and hang-ups, one of the inevitabilities of doing phone work is getting telemarketers. Some of them are automated, some of them call multiple times in the same day, and they’re all annoying. I stay as polite as possible with the live ones and usually just hang up on the automated messages even if they claim it’s “highly urgent.” At least I know I’m not alone in being annoyed by these people – there is also Bun Bun, a character from the web comic Sluggy Freelance. I haven’t read Sluggy yet, but I’m familiar with Bun Bun thanks to his appearances and honorable mentions in the works of John Ringo. Bun Bun is a cute little bunny rabbit who carries a switchblade, looooooves the Baywatch girls, and harbors a burning (he torched it himself) hatred of telemarketers. I purchased a small Bun Bun doll from the Sluggy Freelance online store, and he’s sitting on my desk at work as a reminder to just let it go when the telemarketers get too annoying. He will be joined soon by Monty Python’s Killer Rabbit – I figure they’ll get along great. “We’d better not risk another frontal assault. That rabbit’s dynamite!”
One of my co-workers is a long-time bibliophile, and she’s raising her kids to be the same way. We’re both big fans of the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (I’m almost done with Cemetary Dance at the moment, and it’s most definitely up to standard.) I visited a local library’s used book shop last week and picked up some books I thought she and her kids would enjoy, and it turns out that every book I chose is on two of her kids’ reading lists for school. She sends them to a private school, but I’m still highly impressed that those teachers are asking their middle- and high-school-age students to read Clive Cussler, James Michener, Michael Shaara, and Terry Pratchett. I’m also going to finally start Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy this weekend. I managed to pick up used copies of all three books at good prices, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is my next paperback after I finish Cemetary Dance.