Mar 31, 2009

And it still goes...

"I bet she thought of you," my friend told me the other day. That was the same thing she said over a year ago shortly after my birthday.

It was my birth mother my friend was referring to.

Roughly over a year ago I wrote about my experience growing up adopted. While I normally don't get that personal on this blog it felt good to write it. The response from that post was overwhelming as readers sent me numerous emails encouraging me to write more and share my story with others. A friend of a friend sat down with me over beers and candidly opened up about her life growing up adopted and her reunion with her birth mother. It was a touching tale and inspired me to take the leap and start the search.

A few months go by and I find myself in the hospital with a strange medical condition. It was the kick in the ass I needed to keep the search alive and find my medical history if nothing else. I would like a family one day and want to have the information present so they know what they can expect in their older years.

So here I am a year later still ignorant of my genetics. The search is ongoing and I'm still nervous about it for reasons that are obvious to most. Do I even want to know the circumstances of my conception? Does my family have a history of cancer, alcoholism (which would explain a lot), and/or gum disease? Do I have any siblings?

One day I may know how I came to be, but I'm not sure I'll be happier with said information. I'll still keep looking and maybe one day I can put to rest my overwhelming curiosity.

"Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks. Be a hero, take the time learn about adoption today." - Bruce Willis

Mar 29, 2009

Hokey religions and ancient weapons....

Friday night a few friends of mine joined me for a birthday celebration where we consumed many drinks. The conversation was very high brow as we discussed important issues such as the proper usage of 'meteorological'. After more alcohol flowed an important debate followed that has us all pondering.

It was asked of us who we would rather be, a Jedi or Superman. Most chose the man of steel as he can pretty much do anything. I chose otherwise.

Why would someone choose not to be almost invincible? Partially because of the lightsaber, cause that's just the coolest weapon ever. Not only could I levitate objects, slice open any surface, leap to great heights, but the one thing that the last son of Krypton can't do is mind control.

Oh yeah. The weak minded would find themselves giving generously to each and every whim I so desire. I could order someone to jump into a cage and fight a cougar. Ridiculous wars would end. My bank would think it's a great idea to pad my account with heir CEOs' bonus checks. Ashton Kutcher would stop starring in films. A certain actress would suddenly find herself completely head over heels for me.

Oh yeah I could go on.

You'd think at this age my birthday celebrations would have more mature conversations, but alas I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm such a dork.

"He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue." - George Lucas

Mar 25, 2009

Wiwille is a dumb gringo

Yesterday I was at the model of efficiency that is the Washington State Department of Licensing. After the renewal of my drivers license I made my way to the car and a gentleman was parked next to me with his hood up. He asked me in a thick accent if I could help him with a jump. I set up the cables and start my car and the man's battery started to charge. He disconnected the cable and the short man thanked me for my assistance.

I took a look at him and replied with 'de nada'. (For those of you who are not familiar with espanol it means 'you're welcome'.

The short dark complected man stared at me with a half grin and said, "I don't speak Spanish."


Yeah I'm an idiot, but at least he didn't seem to take offense. I'm sure he went home and told his family how much of a dumb ass white boy I am.

Wiwille, improving cultural relations since 1975.

"Because we should always respect other nationalities, I have always tried to play them with dignity." - Ricardo Montalban

Mar 18, 2009

I lied

I'm an addict.

Yes I know I said I was going to take a hiatus from broadcasting my mildly literate thoughts to the internet. Apparently I didn't last long.

I lie. I lie a lot.

I was sitting in my room looking at my blog the other night.

'You mustn’t post Wiwille. Remember the reasons why you chose to end it? Stop it Wiwille. Stop thinking about your blog. It's just some useless waste of space in the vast world of online content. Your contributions to the literary community have been crude, unreadable, and bordering on libel. To think that your writings on various topics have inspired any creativity or thinking may break at least one, if not four, of the seven deadly sins. You arrogant waste of space Wiwille. Stop. Don't do it.'

There I lay wondering about this blog and how it came to be and how much has changed since its inception. Three years is a long time. Like a heroin junkie I justified my actions telling myself I'll quit when I have to, but as many who try to curb their addictions I swiftly relapsed faster than a Dr Drew patient.

So here I am feeding my nonsensical need to write and broadcast. I'm back from my short stint of silence.


I have a lot of female friends. I'm not sure why this is, but of course I'll speculate. I think some keep me around because I always offer a point of view from a guy's perspective. Granted this is coming from a man who enjoys musical theatre, but my opinions are always honest and blunt even if I know it’s not what they want to hear.

I'd also like to think they just love being in the presence of such a sexy individual as myself, but as indicated before that would be untrue.

I had a friend over last night. Over dinner she was telling me about her recent date with an accountant. She decided not to see this man again after this being the second encounter he didn't match well with her personality. I asked about what kind of man she likes, but her response was that she doesn't have a particular type.

This is when I hit her with my guidelines for guys that date my friends.

Yes I have a specific set of standards that a man must have to court any female in my life. Such rules include, but are not limited to:

- He must be somewhat versed in the martial arts.
- He must have a valid driver's license and have full coverage insurance.
- He must know how to operate and 'make safe' a firearm.
- He must be able to handle himself well in a fight.
- He must have keen street smarts.
- His instinctive reaction to any sort of danger is to place himself in front of her.
- Under no circumstances is he ever to speak a hurtful word to or about her.
- Dire consequences will arise if he ever raises a hand to my friend in anger.

"But Wiwille," she asked. "What about making me smile? I want a guy who can make me laugh, hang with....."

"....I don't care," I said. "The whole personality thing is completely up to you. He could be a socially awkward mindless douche who watches reality television for all I care. If you're happy with him you'll have my blessing, but only if he fits my criteria. My first and main concern is for your safety."

"But that's a lot," she argued. "You have some high standards."

"That's right," I said. "Welcome to the world of being Wiwille's friend."

"But what if he doesn't meet all your rules? Does this mean I can't date him?"

"That's right."

"What would you do if I did continue to date someone who doesn't match your criteria?"

"Well...if you insisted on dating someone who could not reasonably keep you safe then I will step in and intervene."

"You'd meddle?"

"I'd meddle."

"No you would not."

"Try me."

"Geez. This is too much. By the way I hope you don't have any daughters."

Upon reviewing the list I do find it to be a bit stringent. Most people nowadays have never seen or handled a gun especially in an area that is deemed to be liberal minded. Not a lot of guys train in the arts that are martial and would be completely useless in a physical confrontation with anyone with some semblance of skill.

I understand this is a new 'enlightened' time where many females take it upon themselves to adequately keep themselves safe from harm. I'm all for it. I believe every woman should be well versed in hand to hand combat and appropriate use of various weapons, whether they are makeshift or have been designed for that specific purpose. It may be all macho nonsense that I'm spouting here wanting to see my female friends be cared for should a dangerous event arise. I don't ask my male companions to date women who fight in the MMA. I may be sexist, but honestly I could care less about what label you'd like to throw at me. I was taught to keep the loved ones in my life safe at all costs and that's simply the way I'm going to do things. So there.

I know that security is an illusion. Large industries have been built on the idea of keeping an individual and their property protected from the wrath of God and man, but there is no end all solution for approximating when you might encounter such danger. That being said I believe one can increase their odds of survival with appropriate measures.

I had a date not too long ago which went well into the night with drinks at her favorite bar. She lived not too far from the establishment and I offered to walk her home. The night was chilly, people were pouring out of various watering holes, and here she was with a guy she hardly knows strolling through Queen Anne. It's not a bad neighborhood, but urban enough. I wondered what was going through her mind as one normally tends to do on a first date, but I found out when she put her arm in mine.

"You know Wiwille," she said. "I feel safe with you."

In what may raise an alarm with many angry feminists I did feel a sense of pride upon hearing that. It's one of the few things that all girls I have dated expressed to me. I know I can come off as a chest pounding macho idiot, but my reasoning may be different than what you might think. I greatly appreciate anyone including me into their life, whether it is as friends or of a romantic nature. If the one thing I can bring to the table is a sense of security then I'm happy to contribute. Nothing and I mean nothing will change that.

"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one." - Honore de Balzac

Mar 13, 2009

The end....

I'm quitting this blog, at least for a while. Thanks to all who've helped make this experience an enjoyable one. I may be back someday, sooner than you or I think, but I need to get my voice back. Till then I'll still read your blogs and continue to enjoy them.

Au revoir for now!

Mar 12, 2009

Thursday Music

Before the advent of MTV one was often left to ponder what an artist looked like. Many one hit wonders came and went before anyone had a chance to see what kind of performance they might receive had they heard it live. It was as I remember a confusing time. When I first heard 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' I automatically assumed Nirvana sported the look of your typical metal band, because it sounded pretty heavy to me. Since I didn't have a television at the time a long time passed before I was educated in the ways of the grunge look.

Recently I was made aware that 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' was actually sung by...wait for it...a guy. For years I heard this song assuming it was a female behind the vocals, but I was wrong as I have been many times before. It's only because of the wonder that is Youtube that I am aware of Jermaine Stewart's gender.

Regardless it's not a good song, but that doesn't matter. It hearkens me back to a time where one listened without prejudice.

Since I'm on a roll with this bad music thing I bring you a terrible cover of this tune sung by three hot girls. For some reason there are a bunch of naked men in this video so it entertains both my male and female readers.

"Don't be afraid to speak your mind. You must respect your own opinion before others respect it." - Jermaine Stewart

Mar 11, 2009

Films you need to see (Sci-fi edition)

The sci-fi genre has often been looked at with disdain amongst the self proclaimed elite, although there are some good reasons for this. With a library of films that are normally aimed at the juvenile most thumb their nose at anything even remotely associated with space, the supernatural, etc. Still there are a few films that I believe even the most snobbish amongst us can agree that deserve credit for making it's audience not feel ashamed that they enjoyed it.

1. Brazil - Like a lot of sci-fi literature this hilarious and often disturbing parody of a people who willingly fall victim to bureaucracy gone amok has it's roots deeply embedded in Orwellian thought. Terry Gilliam's visual treat does the almost impossible task of making one laugh at, as well as feel sympathy for, the subjects of this story.

2. Blade Runner - Okay I'm sure a lot of you saw this coming. Many fans of this film will gladly throw their two bits in the debate of which of the versions released is the best (I think there's like twelve now), but I believe all should be watched. Following a private detective's journey of seeking out a fugitive Replicant, i.e. robot, Blade Runner does not disappoint with it's outstanding lighting, visual effects, and rich noir-ish narrative.

3. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan - While I'm not a huge fan of Star Trek I can appreciate the series from time to time. Most of the films are complete crap so heralding it's first sequel as the film series high point isn't saying much at all. Starring Ricardo Montabaln's chest, The Wrath of Khan delivers a story that you would expect from it's title, but has some great surprises such as good acting (which is saying a lot) and one of the greatest starship action sequences I've yet to see. This is quite possibly the only sci-fi film that made me cry. Granted I think I was eight years old, but still..

4. Children of Men - Taking place in the future where mankind has seemingly become infertile a cynical Clive Owen takes a pregnant woman under his care to escape totalitarian authorities and mad revolutionaries. This film has some of the greatest shots ever in cinema and for that alone I highly recommend it. The script is incredible detailing a government led by fear and a populace enslaved by it's own insecurities. After my first viewing of this movie I rushed out to buy it.

5. 1984 - Fans of the book, of which I am one, mostly look at this film with scorn, but I disagree. Sure Orwell's novel is superior in many ways, but this movie has strong merits while keeping true to the vision inspired by it's author. Winston is a lonely character who questions the oppression of his party's leadership and is subjected to a cleansing of sorts of what his superiors refer to as thought crimes. With an incredible performance by John Hurt I find this film captivating.

6. 2001 A Space Oddessy - Chronicling three stories, which all have one large monolith in common, 2001 is an excellent film detailing the rise of man, nature of war, delicate balance of space travel, human dependence on technology, and an ending that's still divisive amongst it's fans. It's often confusing third act is what I enjoy most about this picture for it's one of the few that I still manage to take something different away on each viewing. It's soundtrack is nothing short of amazing.

7. A Clockwork Orange - Hard to watch for some, for reasons that are obvious to anyone who's viewed this, but it's hard to argue how powerful this narrative is. Set in the future where society is complacent and extremely bored Alex leads a group of young thugs who participate in all sorts of mischief including crimes that are almost unspeakable. After his eventual capture the story's protagonist is subjected to behavior modification therapy and forced to exist as one who cannot chose to do evil. It's a fascinating look at the nature of justice as well as humans' ability to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions.

8. The original Star Wars trilogy - While this is not high brow cinema by any means and one can argue that this is more fantasy than sci-fi, but George Lucas' creation of a civil war set in a far off galaxy has entertained millions including your author here. It's a charming tale of good and evil which borrows liberally from old film serials from the late 40s and early 50s and yet has a timeless quality. It's one of those few children's movies that can captivate adult audiences as well.

9. Serenity - I imagine for people who never watched the quickly cancelled TV series Firefly would be confused about many points in the plot, but it's strong cult following is a testament to how great this story is. Set somewhere in the future where mankind overpopulates the Earth to the point where it's forced to colonize other worlds a civil war erupts. Malcom Reynolds fought for the Independence and after they lost he resorted to barely making a living leading a crew in smuggling and other crime rackets while escaping the thumb of a brutal Alliance. Obviously modeled after a western Serenity continues the story about the complex captain who's at times distant, but fiercely loyal to an ideology that seemed to die with the war. This film has amazing dialogue, rich characters, great action sequences, but also has a lot of heart. The script also has a sense of humor about itself and never takes the movie too seriously.

And no I'm not a Whedon devotee.

"You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot." - Stanley Kubrick

Mar 10, 2009

Meme time

I'm feeling lazy today so here is a meme stolen from the good WIGSF:

1. What is your salad dressing of choice?
I'm a big fan of Ceasar, but still not sure why the hell it's called that.

2. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Probably Jak's

3. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?
I do eat a lot of chicken and rice, but if so inclined I'd dine on sushi every night.

4. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Peperroni, mushrooms, extra cheese.

5. What do you like to put on your toast?
Strawberry jam

1. How many televisions are in your house?
I don't own a house

2. What colour cell phone do you have?
Black, cause that's critical to talking to someone.

1. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right handed mostly, but it depends on activity. Most of which I won't post about here.

2. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Other than wisdom teeth I once sold my soul to the devil for a date with Alyssa Milano when I was 12. Bastard never ponied up.

3. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A girl off the dance floor.

4. Have you ever been knocked unconscious or fainted
I've been knocked unconscious a few times due to various reasons, most of which involve alcohol.

1. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
You know that would be kind of cool. I'd make the last week of my life one huge party in Vegas.

2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

3. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
For that kind of money I'd drink it naked while running through a mosque.

1. How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

2. Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
Had an interesting encounter with one last week, but nothing became of it. He just kept staring at me in a parking lot when I pulled into a space. The cop just kept staring till I finally knocked on his window and asked if everything was ok. This seem to catch him off guard.

3. Last person you hugged?
1. Season?

2. Holiday?
All Saints Day

3. Day of the week?

4. Month?
1. Missing someone?

2. Mood?

3. What are you listening to?
Neil Young

4. Watching?
My weight

5. Worrying about?
My skills at Jenga
1. First place you went this morning?

2. What’s the last movie you saw?
The Fisher King

3. Do you smile often?
Only when I'm drunk
1. Do you always answer your phone?
Yeah I do. Well not always. There are times when I poop and stuff.

2. You love…?
Dark beer

3. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

4. What flavour do you add to your drink at Sonic?
Never been to Sonic

5. Do you own a digital camera?
Yes I do

6. Favorite Christmas song?
Eric Cartmen's version of O Holy Night

7. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
Anne Hathaway

8. Can you do push ups?
I can

9. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
As long as it doesn't involve jail I'm excited.

10. Ever been in a car wreck?
I have.

11. Do you have an accent?
I knew a Canadian who claimed I have an accent, so yeah I guess.

12. What is the last song to make you cry?
Every time I hear Bryan Adams I weep.

13. Plans tonight?
Gym, dinner, movie, sleep. I lead a very exciting life.

14. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Nope. I've always had shelter.

15. Name 3 things you bought yesterday
I didn't purchase a single item.

16. Name 3 things from the bailout
Uhh. You're screwed. You're screwed. You're even screwier.

17. Have you ever been given roses?
I have.

18. Current hate right now?
The media's fascination with Octomom.

19. Met someone who changed your life?

20. How did you bring in the New Year?
With alcohol

21. Name three people who might complete this?
Can't think of a single one.

22. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
I was peeing. You needed to know that.

23. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
I need more sleep, oral.

"Unsalted butter. Sometimes, in between two pieces of bread, I’ll put a buttered slice of untoasted bread. I call that the bread sandwich. Or I’ll switch it around with a slice of toast in between to untoasted slices to make a toast sandwich. If I have to, strawberry jam. But not good strawberry jam; the cheap stuff. The kind of jam that is more sugar than fruit. You know the stuff, it’s basically just spreadable red." - WIGSF

Mar 9, 2009

You're one in a million

I was getting my haircut this weekend which is not very interesting I know. My barber engaged me in the usual discourse of sports, music, and photography. Being recently single and thrust back into the dating world he asked how my personal life was going. We exchanged stories of our attempt to woo women. Some were comical, some disheartening, and some were just plain bizarre. Most were familiar tales of boy meets girl though, until he relayed a recent incident which has puzzled me.

While my hair was being clipped he explained he had a date last week that left him baffled. It was their third and my barber decided to impress her with his culinary skills. After a nice meal he took her out on his porch for some wine and conversation. Feeling everything was going well the hair cutter was confident that another date would be locked down.

Then she dropped a bombshell.

With a straight face she asked him if he was 11 inches. She explained that her genetics ensured that no guy with any less would ever please her. He explained to her that he was not porn star gifted. She decided that would be their last romantic encounter.

He told me he saw his doctor the day after and asked him what the odds were of a guy being that endowed. The physician said it was one in a million.

I wish her luck in her quest.

"Being a barber is about taking care of the people." - Anthony Hamilton

Mar 3, 2009 you doing?

Poor Meghan McCain. After her dad's failed bid for the Presidency the beer heiress is having difficulty finding a soul mate. Her dating life has gone sour since, cause the men she chooses to woo her can't stop talking about politics. One even suggested she dress more like her mom, which is creepy as all hell.

Upset about her fame and guys bragging that they took her out, Meghan has taken a break from dating, cause nothing turns her off more than discussing politics. Fearful that she'll attract nothing more than fans of her father and other assorted nonsense she claims she's been spending a lot of time with friends.

A particular staff member at Erik's Ramblings had a little thing for Meghan. Believing that they share common interests, such as blogging, politics, and the sweet nectar of the gods that is beer, he was under the delusion that he had a chance with this uber hot writer. Sadly the author of this blog cannot keep his over opinionated mouth shut about government, so it seems they're not a match made in blogger heaven. He's now running around in the parking lot with bottle of Jack wearing nothing but tighty whities and shouting something about how the Illuminati has implanted a tracking device in his scrotum. Paramedics have been called.

"Once I went out with a guy who said the food I had ordered was a “maverick choice” and proceeded to tell me, “Wow, straight talking must run in the family.” It’s like someone taking Lisa Marie Presley out on a date and singing “Hound Dog” in the middle of dinner." - Meghan McCain

Looking for Mr. Far Right

Mar 2, 2009

Wiwille needs to read more

I got this quiz on Facebook regarding books that I've read. According to the BBC most humans have only read six out of the 100 books listed below. So to show my ignorance I'll list the ones I've consumed:

Instructions:1) Look at the list and put an 'x' next to those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Put in a note with your total in the subject
4) Tag some friends. (No. You can't make me).

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X1/2. I've only read one.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible X (Yes I actually have read this.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - aa milne X
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X (Sadly yes)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov X
63 The Secret History - Donna Tart
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac X
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville X
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I only got 36. Not even half. Sad. Just sad.

"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass." - John Steinbeck