The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

For some reason I downloaded this young-adult, chick-lit book.

It really wasn’t for me.

One hundred years in the future, New York City’s skyline has been dramatically altered by the addition of a 1,000-story tower. The wealthy dwell in the upmost levels, while those who support the infrastructure of the tower live below.

The book opens with an unidentified young woman plunging to her death from the penthouse. The remainder of the title flashes back two months and follows the points of view of five teens. …

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It’s juvenile. But I did enjoy some of the science fiction elements.

The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City (2003) by Erik Larson was recommended to me by Ron & Kate.

It’s an incredible read. The truth truly is stranger than fiction. I highly recommend it. 

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The book is based on real characters and events. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights in 2010. …

The book is set in Chicago in 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed “Murder Castle.” …

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Serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes

 

 

Rogue One – a review

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Neither.

Both are part of my cultural upbringing. But I’m not passionate for either one.

I was happy to skip Rogue One until Dave insisted I needed to see it. Cheap Tuesday, he recommended.

I liked it. Found it surprisingly fresh. The dialogue entertaining and surprising. Casting eclectic.

K-2SO is the best actor.

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K-2SO’s Top 10 Lines In ‘Rogue One’ That Immediately Made Him Our Fan Favorite Forever

Too much WAR in this Star Wars, however. It would have been better with more dialogue, less fighting.

On the other hand, I admire Disney for killing off pretty much every actor I cared about. A gutsy decision.

Disney had most of the highest grossing films of 2016. They seem to know what they are doing these days.

Click PLAY or watch trailer #3 on YouTube.

Rogue One received generally positive reviews, with praise for its acting, action sequences, musical score, and darker tone, although some criticism was directed at its use of computer-generated imagery to revive certain characters. It has grossed over $983 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016. …

Sandia Peak Tramway, Albuquerque

One of the top tourist attractions in New Mexico.

I took the Sandia Peak Tramway trip on one of the snowiest days of the year.

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Views were cool. But limited.

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The Tramway provides access to a ski hill on the other side of the mountain.

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In summer this is a terrific way to access hiking and mountain biking trails.

Still … I’m glad I saw it. Highly recommended.

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Sandia is wrongly advertised as the “longest in the world”.

The entertaining cable car announcers grudgingly concede that Dajti Ekspres cable car in Albania is longer.

And I’ve been to Merida, Venezuela. That series of four aerial tramways – reopened April 2016 – goes 1640 – 4765 meters making it the highest tourist aerial tramway in the world. It’s 12.5 km long. Far longer than Sandia.

I love cable cars and have taken a number of these – 10 Most Amazing Aerial Lifts In The World

Sandia did not make that list. It did make this one – Amazing Aerial Tramways of the World

What’s unique about Sandia is that it has only two support towers.