Almost had to pay a late fee

When I was five or six years old, my mother walked me down to the public library a few blocks from our home. Within a few months I was going by myself and lugging back my treasures. I’d read four or five books a week, on top of my schoolwork, chores and hobbies. I’ve slowed down a bit since then, but not much.


Well, that’s not entirely true. I drove down to the library this afternoon, thinking I had a meeting there and was taken aback when I was told the meeting was next Wednesday. Since I was speaking with one of the librarians, I pulled out my card and asked nicely if she would extend the time I had on the four books I’d taken out two weeks ago.

I haven’t even finished one of them. So I guess I’ve slowed down a lot, actually.


And it’s going to get worse, at least for another month or so. I have one more round of eye surgery, tentatively scheduled for next Thursday. I have to have the silicon oi8l removed from my left eye. The eye doc said it should only take fifteen minutes instead of the ninety minutes the first round took. I think I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I would prefer a root canal to another retinal repair.


I still feel that way.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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