Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Digital Library

I did not realize how extensive my digital library was.  30 Non-Fiction; 42 Fiction; 26 title for the wife and kids. At 98 titles, it rivals my print library.  By contrast it heavily leans to fiction.  With a large collection of fantasy novels.  The non-fiction is a good smattering of self help, training, biography, outdoor and adventure and some business books.

It is interesting to note that there is very little overlap between my print and digital acquisitions.  My first digital purchase was in 2011 and my most recent print purchase was in 2015.  I can honestly say that aside from reference books (read as numismatic books), it is unlikely that I will purchase print books in the future.


Self Help (8)
  • AA World Services. The Big Book of Alcoholic Anonymous. 8/1/2020
  • Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age 12/12/2017
  • Clear, James. Atomic Habits 12/7/2018 
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Talking to Strangers 9/13/2019
  • Halpern, Justin. Sh*t My Dad Says. 8/13/2012
  • Halpern, Justin. I Suck at Girls. 5/16/2012
  • Keltner, Kim Wong. Tiger Babies Strike Back 12/3/2013
  • Markman, Howard J. Fighting for Your Marriage 3/7/2014
Training (5)
  • Canaday, Sage. Running for the Hansons 4/13/2012
  • Draper, Dave. Brother Iron, Sister Steel. 6/23/2020
  • Fitzgerald, Matt. Iron War 12/30/2011
  • Koskella, Kevin. The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming and Training 9/25/2012
  • McCormack, Chris. I'm Here to Win 5/28/2011
Biography/Memoir (3)
  • Clements, Jonathan. 48 and Counting 8/29/2014
  • Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. A Memoir. 3/6/2020
  • Westover, Tara. Educated: A Memoir 11/19/2019
Coins (1)
  • Plant, Richard. Arabic Coins and How to Read Them 4/18/2016
Outdoor and Adventure (3)
  • Eichar, Donnie. Dead Mountain: The Untold Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident 11/26/2014
  • Kurson, Robert. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship 6/30/2015
  • Stone, William. Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave 11/21/2013
Other/Business (10)
  • Carter, Paul. Don't Tell Mom I Work the Rigs 10/13/2017 
  • Epstein, Alex. The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 10/18/2017
  • Ridley, Matt. The Rational Optimist 11/3/2017
  • Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power 5/16/2017
  • Zuckerman, Gregory. The Frackers. 12/12/2017
  • Collins, Jim. Great by Choice. 2/22/2012
  • Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 3/24/2015
  • Ritholtz, Barry. Bailout Nation. 11/10/2011
  • Shubaly, Mishka. The Long Run 2/7/2012 
  • Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last 5/1/2018 
Fiction (42)
  • Connelly, Michael. The Brass Verdict (book 2) 7/2/2011
  • Connelly, Michael. A Reversal (book 3) 9/13/2011
  • Connelly, Michael. The Fifth Witness (book 4) 11/10/2011
  • Clavell, James. Shogun (Asian Saga Book 1) 10/18/2014
  • Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl: A Novel 11/15/2013
  • Grossart, Chuck. The Gemini Effect 3/10/2015
  • Hall, Elizabeth. Miramont's Ghost 1/6/2015
  • Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding: A Novel 1/12/2012
  • Hawkins, Paul. The Girl on the Train: A Novel 3/24/2015
  • Martin, George R.R. A Song of Fire and Ice (book 1) 2/14/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Clash of Kings (book 2) 3/4/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Storm of Swords (book 3) 3/29/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Feast for Crows (book 4) 5/6/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. A Dance with Dragons (book 5) 6/29/2014
  • Martin, George R.R. Rogues 9/1/2016
  • McGuire, Paul. Jack Tripper Stole My Dog. 12/17/2014
  • Michaelides, Alex. The Silent Patient 12/10/2019
  • Moriarty, Liane. The Husband's Secrete 9/24/2014
  • Palahniuk, Chuck. Adjustment Day: A Novel 9/27/2018
  • Reed, Deborah. Things We Set on Fire 11/14/2013
  • Roth, Veronica. Divergent 8/19/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind (book 1) 1/27/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. A Wise Man's Fear (book 2) 2/6/2014
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things 1/3/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) 7/14/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) 9/3/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive 11/27/2017
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn: The Final Empire 11/25/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn 12/12/2015
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn 12/27/2015 
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel 2/21/2016 
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Shadows of Self: A Mistborn Novel 3/10/2016
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel 4/27/2016
  • Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn: Secret History 5/24/2016
  • Stephenson, Neal. Fall: or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel 7/7/2019
  • Stephenson, Neal. Seveneves: A Novel 5/26/2016
  • Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give 11/24/2019
  • Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina 2/6/2013
  • Tripathi, Amish. The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy Book 1) 12/17/2014
  • Verghese, Abraham. Cutting for Stone. 5/19/2011 First Kindle book
  • Wood, Simon. The One That Got Away. 2/5/2015
  • Zandri, Vincent. Everything Burns 1/6/2015
Ratna/Diya/Nisha (26)
  • Bartlett, L.L. Murder on the Mind (?) 2/6/2013
  • Brown, Dan. Inferno: A Novel (Ratna) 11/15/2013
  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Nisha) 4/23/2018
  • Dadey, Debbie. The Crook and the Crown (Mermaid Tales Book 13) (Diya) 11/28/2016
  • Eberly, Chelsea. Surf Princess Barbie (Nisha) 11/5/2014
  • Hankins, James. The Prettiest One: A Thriller (?) 9/3/2015
  • Hickman, Martha. Healing After Loss (Ratna) 12/28/2016
  • Hill, Jessica. Weight Watchers Vegetarian Recipes. (Ratna) 4/16/2012
  • McDermott, Alan. Gray Justice. (?) 4/16/2012
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition (Nisha) 6/1/2016
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Selena the Sleepover Fairy (Diya) 12/19/2015
  • Meadows, Daisy. Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Keira the Movie Star Fairy (Nisha) 12/19/2015
  • Meyer, Stephanie. Eclipse (?) 12/30/2012
  • Munshower, Suzanne. Younger (?) 3/10/2015
  • Patterson, James. Now You See Her (Ratna) 7/9/2013
  • Pulley, D.M. The Dead Key (?) 2/5/2015
  • Pyne, Erin. The Secret Garden of Zombies (Diya) 4/18/2018 
  • Riddle, A.G., The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) (?) 3/12/2020
  • Scott, Kameron. Arctic Heat (?) 2/6/2013
  • Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope (Diya) 12/22/2018
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl (Nisha) 6/19/2020
  • Stilton, Geronimo. Creepella von Cackefur (Diya) 6/1/2016
  • Taylor, Melissa. Pinterest Savvy (Ratna) 4/2/2013
  • Taye, Kiru. Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy Book 1) (?) 6/9/2019
  • Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble (Nisha) 4/18/2018 
  • Webster, Christy. Barbie: A Fairy Secret (Diya) 11/5/2014

Friday, September 18, 2020


I have some idea of how I accumulated so much non-fiction.  I tend to get hyper-focused on an activity and it becomes all consuming.  If I stick with a hobby or interest for a long enough period of time, I will accumulate a good number of books.  My numismatic library currently includes (70) references.

I have often gravitated to self help books to get out of a rut.  I am not sure if these are keepers or not.

I believe in Hinduism, but have only read (1) of the (8) books in my library.  All keepers.

The cookbooks were fun, but my interest quickly passed.  

I have often read business books, but have not owned very many.  (2) of the (3) I am keeping were inscribed to me.

I was not surprised that I had (21) poker books considering my peak playing years spanned over a decade from 1999-2012.  I have read most of them and a couple of them are collectible.  I would like to sell most of these.

The Outdoors and Adventure section has turned into a hodgepodge with adventure racing, bicycling, mountaineering, reloading, running, scuba diving, triathlon and a smattering of random selections that total (30) works.  I have read all but (7) of them.  I could definitely thin this section out.

My (4) training books are primarily reference.  Definite keepers.

The last (10) books according to Dewey are pretty random and mostly biographies that do not fit anywhere else.  The only one I am ready to part with is the Grateful Dead book.

I was very pleased that all of the books I am keeping can now live on two bookshelves.

Non-Fiction (88)

Self Help (10) Dewey 158 Applied Psychology
  • Carlson, Richard. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF... 1997. Paperback.
  • Chopra, Deepak. THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS. 1994. Hardback
  • Gray, John. MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS. 1992. Hardback.
  • Hart, William. THE ART OF LIVING VIPASSANA MEDITATION. 1987. Paperback
  • Johnson, Spencer. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE. 1998. Hardback.
  • Lakein, Alan. HOW TO GET CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR LIFE. 1973. Paperback
  • Markman, Stanley and Blumberg. FIGHTING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE. 1994. Paperback (two copies, donate one)
  • Robbins, Anthony. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN. 1991. Paperback.
  • Tzu, Sun. THE ART OF WAR. 1993. Paperback.
Hinduism (8) - Dewey 200-299 Religion
  • Chinmayananda, Swami. THE HOLY GEETA. Hardback. (Kewal Gupta personal copy)
  • Howley, John. A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM. 1998. Paperback.
  • Parathasarathy, A. VEDANTA TREATISE. 1997. Hardback (from library of Kewal Gupta)
  • Prabhupada, A.C.B. Swami. BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS. 1983. Hardback. (from library of Mukesh Contractor)
  • Prabhupada, A.C.B. Swami. KRSNA THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD VOLUME I. 1972. Hardback.
Cooking (2) Dewey 641 Food & Drink
  • Thomas and Lim. THE FEED ZONE COOKBOOK. 2011. Hardback
  • Thomas and LIm. THE FEED ZONE PORTABLES. 2013. Hardback.
Business (Keep 3 of 6) Dewey 658 General Management
  • Birla, Madan. FEDEX DELIVERS. 2005. Hardback.
  • Birla, Madan. UNLEASHING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. 2014. Hardback (inscribed by author to Sanjiv and Priya November 9, 2013).
  • Bradbury and Greaves. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0. 2009. Hardback. (donate)
  • Collins and Porras. BUILT TO LAST. 1994. Hardback (donate)
  • Collins, Jim. GOOD TO GREAT. 2001. Hardback (inscribed to Sanjiv)
  • Rath and Conchie. STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP. 2008. Hardback. (donate)
Poker and Gambling (21) - Dewey 794 Indoor Games of Skill
  • Cappelletti, Mike. HOW TO WIN AT OMAHA HIGH-LOW POKER. 2003. Paperback. (donate?)
  • Deppen, Dan. POT LIMIT OMAHA 8 REVEALED. 2010. Paperback
  • Dittmar, Pat. PRACTICAL POKER MATH. 2008. Paperback. (sell on Ebay?)
  • Dowling, Allen. THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME. 1970. Hardback
  • Dowling, Allen. THE RAW, ROWDY WORLD OF POKER. 1973. Hardback
  • Foster, R.F. FOSTER'S PRACTICAL POKER. 1905. Hardback
  • Jones, Lee. WINNING LOW LIMIT HOLD'EM 2ND EDITION. 2000. Paperback.
  • Goodman and Goodman. YOUR BEST BET. 1975. Paperback.
  • Gordon, Phil. LITTLE BLUE BOOK. 2006. Hardback.
  • Gordon, Phil. LITTLE GREEN BOOK. 2005. Hardback.
  • Harrington, David. HARRINGTON ON HOLD'EM. VOLUME 1 STRATEGIC PLAY. 2004. Paperback.
  • Hayano, David. POKER FACES. 1982. Hardback. Ex Library. (sell on Ebay?)
  • King, Jack. CONFESSIONS OF A POKER PLAYER. 1940. Hardback
  • King, Jack. UNDER THE ROUND TABLE. 1960. Hardback
  • Krieger, Lou. HOLD'EM EXCELLENCE. 1995. Paperback.
  • Othmer, Konstantin. SEVEN CARD STUD POKER. 1996. Paperback
  • Thorp, Edward O. BEAT THE DEALER. 1962. Paperback
  • Slanskey and Malmuth. HOLD'EM POKER FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. 1994. Signed by Robert Larabee.
  • Slanskey. THE THEORY OF POKER. 1994. Paperback. Signed by Troy Wilson.
  • Yardley, Herbert O. THE EDUCATION OF A POKER PLAYER. 1957. Hardback. (donate?)
  • Zee, Ray. HIGH-LOW-SPLIT POKER. 1994. Paperback.
Outdoors and Adventure (30) - Dewey 796 Athletic & Outdoor Sports & Games
  • Ament and McCarty. HIGH OVER BOULDER 5TH EDITION. 1995. Paperback
  • Anker and Roberts. THE LOST EXPLORER FINDING MALLORY ON MOUNT EVEREST. 1999. Hardback (inscribed by author to Sanjiv)
  • Breashears, David. HIGH EXPOSURE. 1999. Paperback.
  • Butcher, Pat. THE PERFECT DISTANCE. 2004. Hardback.
  • Caldwell and Siff. ADVENTURE RACING. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. 2001. Paperback (signed by authors)
  • Cavendish, Mark. BOY RACER. 2010. Paperback
  • Coleman, Stuart Holmes. EDDIE WOULD GO. 2001 Hardback.
  • Emery, Neal (editor). HORNADY HANDBOOK OF CARTRIDGE RELOADING 9TH EDITION. 2012. Hardback.
  • Graydon and Hanson editors. MOUNTAINEERING THE FREEDOM OF THE HILLS 6TH EDITION. 1997. Paperback
  • Harding and Snalam. GET OUT OF TOWN. 1994. Paperback.
  • Herzog, Maurice. ANNAPURNA. 1997. Paperback.
  • Hinault, Bernard. MEMORIES OF THE PELETON. 1989. Paperback
  • Hlawaty, Stephen. MOUNTAIN BIKE AMERICA COLORADO. 2000. Paperback. (donate)
  • Hoad and Moore. THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGES. 2012. Hardback.
  • Jordan, Jennifer. SAVAGE SUMMIT THE STORIES OF THE FIRST FIVE WOMEN WHO CLIMBED K2. 2005. Hardback. (inscribed to Anne?)
  • Krakauer, John. INTO THIN AIR. 1997. Paperback.
  • Krakauer, John. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY. 2010. Paperback.
  • Kurson, Robert. SHADOW DIVERS. 2004. Paperback.
  • Lear, Chris. SUB 4:00 ALAN WEBB AND THE QUEST FOR THE FASTEST MILE. 2003. Hardback.
  • Mallett, Jef. TRIZOPHRENIA. 2009. Paperback
  • Moller, Lorraine Mary. ON THE WINGS OF MERCURY. 2007. Paperback (signed by author).
  • Murakami, Haruki. WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING. 2008. Hardback.
  • Murphy and Mackenzie. UNBREAKABLE RUNNER. 2014. Paperback. 
  • Parker, Scott F. RUNNING AFTER PREFONTAINE. 2011. Paperback.
  • Vordenburg, Pete. MOMENTUM: CHASING THE OLYMPIC DREAM. 2002. Paperback.
  • Webster, Ed. SNOW IN THE KINGDOM. 2000. Hardback (inscribed to Sanjiv)
Training (4) - Dewey 796 Athletics & Outdoor Sports & Games
  • King, Ernest J. Aviation Training Division United States Navy. GYMNASTICS AND TUMBLING. 1944. Hardback. Purchased via Abebooks.com 9/14/2016.
  • Paoli and Sherbondy. FREE+STYLE. 2014. Hardback
  • Rippetoe, Mark. STARTING STRENGTH 3RD EDITION. 2013. Paperback.
  • Starrett, Kelly. BECOMING A SUPPLE LEOPARD. 2015. Hardback.
Other (10) - Dewey 920 Biography
  • Buffett, Jimmy. WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT. 1992. Hardback. - ?
  • Gans and Simon. GRATEFUL DEAD PLAYING IN THE BAND. 1985. Paperback (donate) - Biography/History
  • Germantown High School. THE SIGN OF A RED DEVIL FOOTPRINTS. 1989. Hardback. Yearbook
  • Gleick, James. CHAOS MAKING A NEW SCIENCE. 1987. Paperback. - Science
  • McDonald, Hamish. MAHABHARATA IN POLYESTER. 2010. Paperback (sell on Ebay) - Biography/History
  • Poundstone, William. FORTUNE'S FORMULA. 2005. Hardback. (sell on Ebay?) - ?
  • Reinfeld, Fred. THE COMPLETE CHESSPLAYER. 1953. Paperback - Chess
  • Solotaroff, Paul. THE BODY SHOP. 2010. Hardback (?) - Biography
  • Whitehead, John C. A LIFE IN LEADERSHIP. 2005. Hardback - Biography


As I was going through my books, I was surprised at how few fiction books I had.  I do enjoy reading fiction, but I guess it is easier to find fiction and novels at the library.  I pared a few as I have not read them or have no interest in re-reading them.  I kept (1) that I want to read and (7) that I would either read again or have some meaning to me.

Fiction (Keep 8 of 13)
  • Crichton, Michael. A CASE OF NEED. 1968. Paperback (not read, donate)
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. THE IDIOT. 1969 Paperback (donate)
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. THE POSSESSED. 1962 Paperback (donate)
  • Follett, Ken. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. 1989. Paperback (not read)
  • Hughes, Johnny. TEXAS POKER WISDOM. 2007. Paperback (read, donate)
  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. 1967. Paperback (read, donate)
  • McGuire, Paul. LOST  VEGAS. 2010. Paperback (read)
  • Parker Jr., John L. ONCE A RUNNER. 2009. Hardcover.
  • Pirsig, Robert M. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE. 1999. Paperback. (read)
  • Rand, Ayn. ATLAS SHRUGGED. 1957 Paperback (read)
  • Tripathi, Amish. SHIVA TRILOGY 2 THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS. 2012 Paperback (read)
  • Tripathi, Amish. SHIVA TRILOGY 3 THE OATH OF THE VAYAPUTRAS. 2013 Paperback (read)
  • Verghese, Abraham. THE TENNIS PARTNER. 1998. Paperback (read)


Over the course of my lifetime, I have studied Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology, Medicine and Business.  I have worked as an Engineer for three different companies and have accumulated a tremendous amount of books that I have thinned periodically over the years.  This is my next big push to clear the clutter.  For now I am still going to hold onto Ambulatory Medicine, Northwestern's Graduate School Bulletin and Riley and Zachary's Mechanics of Materials.  Everything else will be donated or sold on Ebay.

Textbooks (Keep 3 of 36)
  • Bodie, Kane and Marcus. INVESTMENTS 6TH EDITION. 2005. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Brigham and Ehrhardt. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE 11TH EDITION. 2005. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Cohen, Lou. QUALITY FUNCTION DEPLOYMENT. 1995. StorageTek. (donate).
  • Cotran, Kumar and Robbins. ROBBINS PATHOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE 5TH EDITION. 1994. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Creveling, Slutsky and Antis. DESIGN FOR SIX SIGMA. 2003. (sell on Ebay)
  • Dovich & Wortman. CRE PRIMER 4TH EDITION. 2009. Oracle. (sell on Ebay)
  • Electro-Craft Corp. DC MOTORS SPEED CONTROLS SERVO SYSTEMS. 1978. Paperback. StorageTek (donate).
  • EMJ. MATERIALS RESOURCE. Binder. StorageTek (donate)
  • EMJ. TECHNICAL RESOURCE. Binder. StorageTek (donate)
  • Fox and McDonald. INTRODUCTION TO FLUID MECHANICS 3RD EDITION. 1985. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Higgins, Robert C. ANALYSIS FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 7TH EDITION. 2004. Paperback. University of Colorado MBA Program (donate)
  • Hull, John C. OPTIONS, FUTURES AND OTHER DERIVATIVES 6TH EDITION. 2006. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Incropera and DeWitt. FUNDAMENTALS OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 3RD EDITION. 1990. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • International Correspondence Schools. THE MECHANICS HANDBOOK 7TH EDITION. 1904. Pocket Edition. (donate)
  • Lind, Marchal and Wathen. BASIC STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS & ECONOMICS 4TH EDITION. 2003. University of Colorado MBA Program (donate)
  • Meinders, Mijiritskii, Peterson and Wuttig. OPTICAL DATA STORAGE PHASE-CHANGING MEDIA AND RECORDING. 2006. Hardback. Oracle (sell on Ebay).
  • Mengel and Schwiebert. AMBULATORY MEDICINE 2ND EDITION. 1996. Indiana University School of Medicine. (keep)
  • Moses and Cape. BIOTECHNOLOGY. 1991. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology (donate)
  • Myers, Allen R. MEDICINE 2ND EDITION. 1994. Indian University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Northwestern University. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL BULLETIN 1993/95. 1993. Paperback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology (keep)
  • Ono, R. Dana. THE BUSINESS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY. 1991. Hardback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Park and Lakes. BIOMATERIALS AN INTRODUCTION 2ND EDITION. 1992. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Patton, Fuchs, Hille, Scher, Steiner. TEXTBOOK OF PHYSIOLOGY 21ST EDITION VOLUME I. 1989. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Patton, Fuchs, Hille, Scher, Steiner. TEXTBOOK OF PHYSIOLOGY 21ST EDITION VOLUME II. 1989. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)
  • Precision Steel Warehouse, Inc. A TECHNICAL HANDBOOK OF FLAT ROLLED STEEL. 1998. Ring Bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Rabenstein, Albert. ELEMENTARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3RD EDITION. 1982. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (donate)
  • Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company. STOCK REFERENCE BOOK METALS. Ring bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Riley and Zachary. INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICS OF MATERIALS. 1989. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (keep)
  • Ryerson Tull. STOCK LIST. 2003. Ring Bound. StorageTek (donate)
  • Shigley and Uicker. THEORY OF MACHINES AND MECHANISMS. 1980. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering (donate)
  • Stickney and Weil. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 10TH EDITION. 2003. University of Colorado MBA Program. (donate)
  • Wark, Kenneth. THERMODYNAMICS 5TH EDITION. 1988. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Wark, Kenneth. TABLES AND FIGURES TO ACCOMPANY THERMODYNAMICS. 1988. Paperback. Purdue University B.S. Mechanical Engineering. (donate)
  • Werth, Barry. THE BILLION DOLLAR MOLECULE. 1994. Hardback. Northwestern University M.S. Biotechnology. (donate)
  • Woodburne and Burkel. ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN ANATOMY 9TH EDITION. 1994. Indiana University School of Medicine. (donate)

Monday, September 07, 2020

YMCA Camp Jackson

This past weekend, our family had the wonderful opportunity to attend family camp at YMCA Camp Jackson near Rye, Colorado.  The came is tucked away in San Isabel National Forest and was surprisingly lush at 8200 feet in elevation.  There is a nearby Boy Scouts camp and Lake Isabel recreation area.

While the camp was founded in 1916, it is surprisingly modern with a gorgeous main lodge, sturdy cabins and functional bath houses.  Each family was assigned a cabin that is designed to sleep up to 14 campers, so it was very spacious.

We checked in on Friday night and were assigned a cabin and allowed to sign up for activities.  They offered canoeing, archery, riflery, high ropes and rock climbing.  A family could sign up for 45 minute time slots.

Saturday morning breakfast was at 8:00 sharp and our camp counselors set up table and families would typically sit together.  They served pancakes and sausage, but offered vegan options as well.  Our first activity was canoeing at nearby Beckwith Reservoir.  It was a very scenic lake and a very calm day.  We paddled around for about 30 minutes and then spent some time skipping stones.

Lunch was served at 12:00 sharp and consisted of chili (again a vegetarian option was available).  We enjoyed lunch and then headed to Archery.  For archery we used 54" recurve bows with a draw weight of 16#.  We were shooting at targets about 10 yards away.  The draw weight was light enough that both my kids could enjoy it.  We never got really good, but by the end, we could all hit the target.

Our next activity was riflery.  We were shooting in the prone position with 0.22 caliber rifles at targets about 25 yards away.  As with archery, the primary objective was safety with a taste for how to operate the implement.  The rifles were configured as bolt action loading one round at a time.  It took everybody a little time to get familiar with how to load a shell, but eventually we all got shots off.  The kids could not hit the target, but explaining how to aim was tricky.

Our final activity for the day was the high ropes course.  In the interest of time, they only had one section open which consisted of scrambling up a 45 foot telephone pole (7' of which was buried underground) to a platform and then taking a "leap of faith" to a trapeze style bar about 5-6' away.   Only me and my first born participated, but it was fun.  For high ropes, we were in climbing harnesses with a chest harness as well.

Dinner that night was served at 5:30 sharp and consisted of burgers.  They had black bean burgers and veggie burgers for the non-meat eaters.  After dinner they had a propane "campfire" with sing-a-longs and skits.  I was very impressed with how animated and enthusiastic the camp counselors were.

Sunday morning breakfast was again served at 8:00 sharp and consisted of ham and eggs.  Our only scheduled activity for the day was rock climbing.  We were introduced to how to tie in and climbing safety and then took turns on a 40-50 foot rock wall.  Both of my daughters and I participated and we all made it up the first wall.  Only my first born took a shot at the second wall and she was not able to finish it.  As we had some extra time, we took another stab at archery and enjoyed it even more the second time.

We finally cleared out our cabin and packed up the car to hit the road and head home.  We were fortunate enough to meet up with friends in Colorado Springs to break up the drive.

I would definitely go to a YMCA camp again.  YMCA is founded in Christian values and the development of spirit, mind and body is universal.  When we go again, I would pack a little differently.  I would bring a sheet, 2 pillows and a blanket instead of 1 pillow and a sleeping bag.  I would also pack snacks, my favorite tea and better hiking shoes.  I would also not bother packing cards or outdoor games, there is already so much to enjoy in the outdoors.

All in all it was super fun and an opportunity to spend time together without the hustle and bustle of life or the constant distraction of electronics.

Another fun perk was that it was organized by parents from our elementary school so we knew nearly everyone there.  That was a real benefit in that the kids could play together and I could enjoy some of the peace and quiet by reading a book.

In the future, we may even find ourselves going to the local rifle range, picking up an archery set to take to Bear Creek Lake or find some some top roping routes nearby.

Thursday, August 13, 2020


 I can finally eat on the left side of my mouth again!

Halsa dental placed my implant yesterday and it feels pretty good.  Unfortunately, my dental health still is not tip top and I have some cavities that need to be filled.  Given the cost of the implant, this means that I will probably push the flap surgeries on the left side of my mouth to the 2021-2022 billing year.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Scuba Diving

I am planning on going diving tomorrow at a local lake and took some time to browse around the shop regarding training and dive equipment.

Diving at the local lake is cheap and fun.  For $12.50 lake user fee, $15 for a tank and $6 for weights it is a nice way to blow bubbles and keep my skills up for future saltwater excursions.

Coral Key offers two programs through SSI.  A four specialty program for $550 and a four specialty program plus Stress & Rescue for $799.  This seems like a steep price point until you figure each specialty with dives can cost between $100 and $150.  Obviously all dives cannot be completed locally.  Deep Dive would be a trip to the Blue Hole in New Mexico when it opens again.  Waves, Tides & Currents would require an ocean.  I like the idea of the $799 course and would take:
  • Deep Dive - Blue Hole, NM (3 open water dives)
  • Enriched Air Nitrox - local (dives optional) - 
  • Night & Limited Visibility - local (2 night dives)
  • Science of Diving? - local (no dives required)
  • Search & Recovery? - local (1 pool dive, 2 open water dives)
  • Stress & Rescue - local (2 pool dives, 3 open water dives)
In terms of equipment I looked at weights, dive log pages and wrist computers.  I was planning on buying weights as they will be more comfortable with my BCD, require no maintenance and will result in less equipment to rent in the future.  I opted for (2) 3# sea pearls which will be perfect for diving locally in a 3 mm wet suit.   I would need an additional 10# in a 7 mm wet suit.

The dive log pages were as expected.  $9.95 for loose pages plus $23.95 for a low profile log binder.  Both would match the hole pattern of my existing PADI Diver's Log which has 41 of 49 dive pages filled.  It may seem silly to keep paper logs, but for my level of diving it works.  It also seems ridiculous to pay $24 for a glorified Ziploc bag, but maybe I will come up with a cheap/free solution over the next 8 dives.  I could also just order another PADI book from Amazon for $23 and that would likely keep me going for the next 10 years.

Finally, I looked at wrist computers.  Coral Key recommends Shearwater products for good reason.  The Shearwater Teric felt great on my wrist, had a full color display and optional wireless air integration.  It also had a hefty $1095 price tag.  At the other end of the scale, Areece suggested the Oceanic Geo.  This was $395 which was comfortable, but had a standard display (with back light) and did not offer wireless air integration.  For comparison, the Mares Puck Pro is the cheapest on the market at $180.  Cressi, TUSA and Aqua Lung all sell wrist computers in this price range while, Suunto enters the market at $300 with the Zoop Novo.  I was looking for a computer primarily for dive trips if I chose to rent instead of bringing my regulator.  I would have to do a lot more diving to justify this expense.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Cobra Speedzone 14.5° Fairway Wood

I had a chance to get over to Golf Galaxy to have my new purchases from Play It Again Sports re-gripped.

While I was there, I tested the Titleist TS2 15° and Cobra Speedzone 14.5° fairway woods with regular shafts.

Taking my best 2 swings (out of 4) after getting warmed up, it appears the Titleist TS2 is most forgiving left/right offline.  The 980F is longest.  The Cobra had the best efficiency and launch conditions.

At the shop, I had all but decided to get the Cobra Speedzone.  It felt great in hand, the ball sounded good coming off and my mis-hits were fewer and less severe.  It was being offered for $279 and I had a coupon for $50 off of any $250 purchase which brought the cost down to $229.  It also had a great head cover. In retrospect, I am glad I waited.  My used club find had equal performance.

Just goes to show, for my game, the equipment is not a difference maker yet.  If I find it on sale in the future or used, I would love to have a Cobra Speedzone in my bag.

I also looked at wedges.  The Vokey in jet black are hard to read, I prefer the brushed steel or tour chrome.

I looked at shoes and the nothing really grabbed my attention.  I did not try any on for fit.

I looked at Golf Bags and again, nothing appeared compelling.  I might just wait to get one from Costco.

Finally, I had my Titleist 980F and SM5 re-gripped and they are officially added to my bag.


Sunday, July 05, 2020

Play It Again Sports

I got over to Play It Again Sports out of curiosity and to fill out my bag.  They had a great selection of fairway woods and wedges from as low as $15 for off brand or beat up clubs to $20-30 to middle of the clubs that I was looking at.  I glanced at a practically new Callaway Jaws 5 that was $75.

Among the wedges, I selected Titleist SM5 Vokey Design (SN 1720960) 54 degree loft and 14 degrees of bounce (F Grind).  The grip is a little worn, but the grooves are grippy despite a little rust.  It was $30 at Play It Again Sports.  Per specs 35.25" length, 64 degree lie.  It was launched in 2014.

At the other end of the bag, I selected a Titleist 980F 15 degree Fairway Wood (SN 1152065).  This was introduced in 2003 and the MSRP was $290.  It was $20 at Play It Again Sports.  It appears to have an the original Golf Pride tour velvet grip, but I would prefer a medium CP2 grip.

On a whim, I grabbed a Nike Ignite 5 Wood T60 (SN FA01061103).  It came with a stiff Fujikura shaft and has a 19 degree loft (the same as my hybrid 3).  Length per Ebay is 42".  The Ignite series was launched in 2006.  It was $20 at Play It Again Sports.

Getting them out on the driving range, they were easy to hit and a substantial improvement over my original Triumph 3 Wood that I threw into the bag.  Even with a good hit with my Triumph, I was not getting a desirable launch angle.  I really liked the launch angle of both the Titleist and the Nike fairway woods.

The wedge was equally pleasing to hit.  For my swing, I was hitting both my PW and AW about 75 yards.  The new Titleist and my Spalding Utility wedge was going about 50 yards on a full swing.  I did some short pitch shots with the Titleist as well.  I was not generation much spin, but I was getting very consistent strikes.

Golf Pride midsize grips are $8.99.  If I wanted to replace with BV Wings Tour Velvet Black Grip .580 those would be $10 if purchased from Vokey.com.

I will likely keep all 3 in my bag, but if pressed, I would dump the 5 wood.

Shout out to Play It Again Sports for offering a 15% military discount!