I Have Read
During 1999 (this
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By Dave Gustafson, 1999
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There have been many books read by me over the years and I will attempt
to list them here as best I can recall. The most recent books will be listed
first and I will try to give my feelings about them. I could not find any
reason to read until I was in High School, when a teacher, whom I credit
for my future education and learning, suggested I read what seemed to be
interesting to me and on the subjects I was interested in about in my life.
I was a Cowboy, probably always was, and I loved animals and the great
out of doors and the freedom of the early Cowboys as they roamed the open
prairies when cattle was king. I guess it has always been in me to roam
after the same instinct of those early pioneers and Cowboys. It is the
reason I suppose, that drove people here to America from Europe.
I guess from an early age I was a roamer and would often wander away
so as to make my parents (mother) think I was lost. I always knew where
I was. I would plan my roaming trips as to allow a determined amount of
time not to raise suspicion that I was away roaming. It was sort
of another life I led one of adventure. I always was eager to go someplace,
when my family or a group was to travel or visit places such as trips to
the city (San Francisco) and the Zoo or park.
I remember once when I was up at a family camp in the mountains and
while wandering came across a road bed out in the middle of the forest.
It went on for miles and I tried to follow it wondering what it was for
and who made it. Just finding a place to wander was the adventure that
drove me. I would think of places to go that no one else had gone before
(My Friends and Relatives) so as to have a place all my own. I recall one
of my greatest adventures, that took me to the Treasures of The Sierra
Mountains in Mexico back in the late 50’s when seven of us took an Acapulco
Taxi into the hills to find that special place in the imagination of the
adventurer Humphrey Bogart in his movie of the same name. What an adventure
to go up into those mountains where few Americans have gone to find the
very site where they filmed the movie and to see all the actual places
used in the movie. To sit at the little round table where the author penned
the famous story of greed and gold. The remnant of Poncho Vila's army there
with their bandoleers and long rifles, probably old extras used in the
movie that cornered Bogart and poured out his sacks of gold thinking it
was sand. We took a school teacher with us and he interpreted for us all
the explanations we got from all those in that little town. If I had hot
read the story and seen the movie, I would have never known that adventure.
We kept repeating, “I don't got to show you no stinking badges!”
Getting back to reading; this year I read a book on the Sierra Rail
Road, and the beginning from Riverbank through Oakdale and on to Jamestown
on the way to Yosemite and all the history in between. The continuation
up into the Yosemite Valley and all over the Sierras where the road bed
went to the trees that were cut and brought to Tuolumne City and the Pickering
Saw Mill. The original reason for the railroad was to bring ore down from
the mines. The second reason was to bring timber down to the mines. The
third was to bring tourist (adventurers) to Yosemite from San Francisco.
The forth reason was to bring Marble and timber to Build San Francisco.
Guess what, I found out who put that road bed in and what it was that I
followed through the Sierras when I was at camp. It was the railroad that
went all the way to big trees where I traveled on the old road bed from
Sonora to Arnold and the big trees with my old Volkswagen over those dusty
roads in the 60’s. I never knew what those name were about as Camp
9 and Camp 6 along the rivers up there, they were railroad camps. That
brings to memory when I was a little kid I saw the movie Sara toga Trunk,
and was disappointed when I missed the trunk. Where was the trunk? I was
looking for a trunk that one would put clothes in. It wasn't until a couple
of years ago I read the book and realized it was a railroad trunk, the
it all made sense. Reading opens the world to the adventurer.
When I was in high school, and the teacher suggested I read those books
that matched my likes, I started reading about the old west, not novels,
but real life stories. The author I fell in love with was Will James who
could write and draw just as it was from a real life cowboy. All his books
kept me on the edge of my seat and just could not get enough. I read all
of his stories and now they are collectors and very rare. I read the whole
story this year again and it brought back memories. I also read all of
Charley Russell's books too.
Anyway, here is a list of the books I have read, hope they might cause
you to check them out from your local Library and enjoy some of the things
I have. There are also Audio Books and they are great while traveling.
If you wonder when I find time to read, well, I speed read now ant that
really makes reading fun. If you can find a speed reading class, take it!
It will open up a world you never knew existed and that will never be boring.
I read about 3 to 5 books a week now and usually read about 10 - to - 20
books at a time. When I get stir crazy, I just go down to Barns and Noble
and pull up a chair and read a book. It only takes about and hour or so
and is cheap intertwinement. I have been reading travel books and planning
my trip to India.
Here is the list: 1999
· The String Theory; Green. It takes Quantum Physics beyond imagination.
· The Beginning of Time; Hawking. Extends Einstein's theory
of relativity to reality called quantum physics.
· Stories of Lake Woebegone; Keener. Stories about life we try to
· The Call of the Wild; Jack London. What one becomes when pressed
hard to learn how to survive and not quit when going gets tough.
· Hamlet; Shakespeare. Great lesson in human nature.
· Macbeth; Shakespeare. Lesson in justice.
Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare. Greed and justice.
Dirt; A story of growing up Okie, a history of times in the 20’s
and 30’s up to present day.
· The Jew Store; a story of a Jewish family going to Tennessee in
the 20’s to open a merchant store and being the only jewish family for
miles and how they cope in an alien atmosphere and how they deal with the
prejudices, KKK and the blacks all the time keeping their own integrity.
When they leave to go back to New York 11 years later the are loved and
no one wants them to leave, but their jewish roots are in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Swift. A spoof on a town of nuts by one of their own. A lesson
· Christopher Park Regulars; Swift. The odd people in Greenwich
Village that frequent this little park, Hilarious.
· The City of Light; Boston neat Niagara Falls and how someone
that cares makes a difference.
· Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever; Judge Judy. The excuses we think
up and lies we believe.
· Boggs, A comedy of Values; Boggs. The value of money to an artist
that draws money.
· The Great Hill Stations of Asia; Crossette. The places to regain
sanity from the pressures of life in an alien society.
· Don't Pee on My Leg And Tell Me It's Raining; Judge Judy. An old
Jewish saying when someone is giving you a line of bull. Peoples lack of
values and truth in our time.
. The Holy War; Bunyon. The Battle for our souls.
· Pilgrims Progress; Bunyon. The Road a Christian Travels.
Man's Bluff; Submarine espionage during the cold war and naval intelligence.
· Portable Life 101; So true.
Lord Will Gather Me in; by David Klinghoffer Going
back to being Jewish.
Practice of the Presence of God; by Brother Lawrence
Could You Do That?! by Laura, Dr Schlessinger
Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives; by Laura C. Schlessinger
Ten Commandments: What's in It for Me by Stewart Vogel, Laura C. Schlessinger
in the Hands of an Angry God; by Jonathan Edwards
Idiot's Guide To The World's Religions; by Brandon Toropov
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, It's All Small Stuff; The more he wrote
the worse his language got and I had to quit before reading it all, what
a waste for a good point he had to make.
Book of Cowboy Stories; James. Audio Book Great.
Sun Up; James.
Home Ranch; James.
Will Rogers, Will Rogers.
Christian Manifesto; Schaeffer. Not too bad, typical Reformed idea
of life and government, has a good point to make.
What Happened to the Human Race?; Schaeffer and Koop M.D.. Makes
his point on Pro-Abortion, good.
How Should We Live Then?; Schaeffer. Typical Reformed View
of Societal reasoning of the Rise and Fall of western thought and culture.
The governments' place in keeping morals and ethics.
Escape From Reason; Schaeffer. About denying Gods' presence in our
world and lives, especially in our government.
The God Who Is There; Schaeffer. Same idea.
Love Worth Finding, Series; 1)
One Lord, One Love (Creating Intimate Marriages); Adrian Rogers. Great
lessons on building the marriage bond and union. (CD)
was a great read and was rich in history. I had to read it twice to get
all the info it had to offer. I read it to get the story about his life
and then went back to get the story of his integrity and his political
success. People in politics hated him be cause they could not trust him
because he was too honest, that's good.
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