The Time Machine 
I'm not really going to go into much detail here as it's not really necessary. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, is a quick read and well worth the time.

Just like War of the Worlds, it's held up quite well over the years and I recommend it.

So that's that.

Now, I was going to continue on with The Invisible Man, but I think I'm going to dig into George R. R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons. I just got a copy and have been looking forward to it for quite a while.

It's a big one, so I probably won't have much to report on for quite some time.

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War of the Worlds 
Last week I finished reading War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. In stark contrast to the last classic I read, Journey to the Center of the Earth, this one comes very highly recommended!

They whole thing has held up quite well over time and was riveting from beginning to end. I came away extremely impressed. Heck, I even had a tear in my eye as it ended.

I liked it enough that I've immediately started The Time Machine and, after just the first couple chapters, I have high hopes for this one as well.



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NASCAR Streak to the Finish: The Mopps 2013 Final Standings 
For the first time in a few years, the Toronto contingent has taken the win!! While Jakob dominated most of the season, a late season surge by Bruce, Paige, and myself put his lead in jeopardy and eventually relegated him to second place. Paige and I tied for the final podium spot, followed by the field of backmarkers. :)

It's worth noting that this is only the 2nd time we've managed to have TWO of our top teams in the top 1000 overall. Very stiff competition this year!

Rank  Overall    Name            Longest Streak  Bonus   Total 
1 373 brewsan 9 860 1816
2 942 Jakob 10 690 1596
3 1232 hockeygirl 6 520 1533
3 1232 Wild Weasel 7 600 1533
5 3607 Sunraven 7 470 1256
6 4782 tilly 4 270 1162
7 7826 Trini-man 4 200 969
8 8952 ibuildcars 3 160 895
9 10142 snowbird 6 220 819
10 12154 Mrs Snowbird 2 80 671



For the first time this year, we also took a crack at the NASCAR Fantasy Live game, where Tanya absolutely crushed us in both the regular season and Chase standings. It would appear that this game is meant to have far more than 5 participants in order to make it interesting.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 
The short version: Don't bother with it.

After really enjoying 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I went for some more Jules Verne and just finished with Journey to the Center of the Earth. I'm betting it was far more intriguing back when it was written, and I tried to keep that in context while reading it, but I just couldn't get there.

Even trying to imagine knowing nothing at all about how the Earth is made up and so leaving it to the book to carry me along on the adventure, there was just too much of it that had me asking questions to try and explain away much of the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

In the end, it was just too much.

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Gah!! It's IN MY HEAD!!! 
This is a picture of my favourite tooth. I've spent a lot over the years to try to keep it in my head, but sadly, it would appear to be not long for this world. :(

I haven't yet made an appointment to figure out what needs to be done with it, but it's only a matter of time. Meanwhile... here's the tooth version of a horrible sports injury.



Poor tooth. I'm gonna miss it when it's gone.

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