One little informational nugget that I don't think I've shared with you folks is that, at the beginning of 2016, the company I retired from decided we old fogies were too expensive, so they dropped their retiree insurance plans. Bless their hearts! I found another medical insurance plan, signed up, and have been paying my premiums ever since. Well, guess what? The insurance plan I chose isn't going to be carried in 2017, so I've had to do the same thing all over again.
To make absolutely, positively certain that my joy was complete, the new company sent me a bill for a monthly premium of $1,115... when I was quoted $442. I think you'll understand why I may be a tad obstinant about paying the $1,115. I can't wait to telephone them in order to get this straightened out. I'm hoping that I'll get someone with a working brain who can actually respond to what I'm saying instead of merely spouting the company line over and over and over and.... I know! I'm singing to the choir, aren't I?
I'd better stop anticipating that phone call and do something else. Like choose a new book to read. If you've been with me very long, you know that I track my reading by setting (among other things), and when I checked my map earlier today, I noticed that Russia was looking mighty bare. I think I'll start singing my favorite Christmas song and head out to my to-be-read shelves. I know I have several mysteries set in Russia. The problem will be choosing just the right one!
Oops. Perhaps I'd better head out to the Link Corral first. After all, that's why you're all here. Head 'em up! Mooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- I know several book lovers who would love this sweatshirt.
- Amazon's heartwarming Christmas ad is just what the world needs right now.
- There are 892 hate groups operating in the U.S., and here is a map that shows their locations.
- Bookstackk is looking to revitalize social reading.
- The Hogwarts Guide to Company Culture.
- NPR tracked down a fake-news creator in the suburbs and learned a thing or two.
- Have a book lover who's also a foodie on your Christmas list? How about some cookbook ornaments?
- 26% of adults in the U.S. have not read a book in 2016.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- 81 rare Anglo-Saxon tree-trunk coffins have been found at a dig in Great Ryburgh, Norfolk, England.
- As an archaeologist, you never know what you're going to find: Danish researchers have identified the 300-year-old feces of a bishop who lived in the city of Aalborg.
- A painting by Claude Monet fetched $81.4 million in New York City.
- A secret chamber has been discovered inside the famous Mayan temple El Castilo.
- A Mickey Mantle Topps card has joined the exclusive million-dollar club.
- The perfectly preserved wreck of the J.S. Severns has been found in Lake Superior.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Building the world's first retirement home for killer whales.
- These rare ferrets are settling in and making babies in their new Colorado home.
- What kind of animal is most likely to kill you?
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- A real Jurassic park lies underground at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.
- The world's oldest library: founded by a woman, restored by a woman.
- This extravagant gingerbread house took 500 hours to create. Why did I put it in the wandering section of the round-up? Because I've been to the spectacular "house" it's modeled after!
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- 18 things everyone who's addicted to buying books will understand.
- These tales aren't as innocent as you think.
- A quiz that claims to know what type of book nerd you are. (They failed miserably with me.)
- Ten books by indigenous authors you should read.
- Fourteen ways reading improves your mind and body.
- Twenty places no one pronounces correctly.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!