Among the amazingly useless things I did today to avoid writing:
*Did a silly meme (posted)
*Cleaned up a DISGUSTING bit of cat barf, that he thoughtfully deposited on our living room carpet. I don't know what that thing was - I suspect it was once a rat. EUUUWWUCK! (Don't you just love cats?)
*Had stiff conversation with younger teenage daughter about bad report card.
*Surfed a bunch of sites on the web and ended up through various channels checking out: Renowned Greek Homophiles, i.e. practically every famous Greek leader, and philosopher, playwright, and war hero had a penchant for lovely boys. check it out
Speaking of which I had a discussion with a friend recently who had gone to see "300" (I have not) and he was carrying on about the brave and valiant Spartans and so I said, "Do you know that it was customary for Spartan warriors to take on a younger male warrior as a lover? They thought it made them fight harder so they wouldn't be shamed in front of their lovers." He about dropped his teeth, but took it pretty well . . . but I digress . . . just like I've been doing all day.
I happened to be perusing ABE Books. I got there because I was going to take a bunch of old books to our Friends of the Library Book Sale and the website took me to a rare book section, so I was looking at rare Tolkien books. My eyes happened to fall on a picture of "The Hobbit" in the form of a book with a green cover and a little dragon on the front, published by Allen & Unwin. I thought to myself, why that looks just like the copy I got years ago for a buck in a garage sale. Then I looked at the price and my turn to drop teeth, $14,476.23. I thought I can't possibly have a first edition!
I ran to my shelf, pulled off my little garage sale copy, and no, it's a 1958 version, but in very good condition, pics by J.R.R. in beautiful color still, so still worth about $300 - if I was willing to part with it - which I'm not. Yay!!!!
So, okay, I left Erestor and Glorfindel having a conversation on the back of Oiolaire, hmmmm.