Do you ever sneeze and it feels like something might have rocketed from your mouth, possibly a hurtling snot ball, and you can’t find it? That happened to me last night at work, and it bothered me for a little while. I was looking all around for it, and slapping my clothes and everything… I was worried that someone might walk into my cubicle, step on a mucus slick, and go fully inverted.
I guess it was a false alarm, though. I could’ve sworn the sneeze had a little extra heft to it, and wasn’t able to block it with my hand in time. But I was never able to locate it. I’m now convinced it was a phantom snot wad. And if it was real, it’s probably crystallized by now, anyway. Right?
On Saturday I went to Borders again, and it’s a sad state of affairs. All that’s left are weird travel books, for places like Belarus, and bizarre coffee table books about house flies and whatnot. There are so few books in that place at this point, they’re all facing outward on the shelves; there’s no need to line them up with the spines showing anymore. It’s kind of creepy, and disheartening.
Last time I bought a few things, but was unable to find a single book worth carrying home during the latest go-round. Not even at 80% off. It was most likely the final Borders experience of my life, and it’s too bad.
But… Books A Million is taking over the space in October. So, not all is lost. At least we’ll still have one real bookstore in the area. I don’t believe there are even any independents left. There were a few when we moved here, but all are gone by now. I’ll support Books A Million as best I can, and hopefully it will be able to survive for a while. Maybe their coffee shop will be enough to keep them going?
And speaking of the technology that’s killing bookstores… The Kindle version of CROSSROADS ROAD is temporarily on sale for just 99 cents. Ha! I’m part of the problem. Oh well.
But if you’re a fence-sitter, or a procrastinator, now’s the time. And if you already have the novel, but know some other folks who might like it… please help spread the word. I’m only going to keep it at this ridiculous price for a couple of weeks, then it’s back to $2.99. Which is also ridiculous, but a little less so.
Also, I received the new novel by Aaron Starmer in Saturday’s mail. I can’t wait to read it. Aaron is a great writer and a good friend. His latest is called “The Only Ones,” and it’s a book for young adults. The early reviews are fantastic, and check out the great cover. Best of luck with it, Aaron! I have a good feeling about it.
A few weeks ago my laptop stopped connecting to the internet, and I did some research on it. Apparently that model of computer has a history of needing a new network card about two years into its life, and I’ve had it for about… two years. Dammit! Does anything just work? Except, of course, my trusty first generation iPod that never misses a beat?
It seems like everything we own is breaking down, or has recently been repaired. It’s infuriating. But whatever. I pinpointed the item I’d need to buy, and put it on my Amazon wish list. I’m going to need that laptop to perform for me when I start the new book project next month, and this was going to be yet another get-back-to-yesterday expense.
But over the weekend I was adding a CD to iTunes, and noticed a switch on the side of the computer. I didn’t know what it was, so I flipped it. And the thing instantly connected to our network! Somehow I’d turned off the WiFi, and was getting ready to fork over cash for a part that wouldn’t have fixed the problem. And probably would have caused me to have a stroke.
I’m dumm. What can I tell you?
And speaking of research, I will be eligible for a phone upgrade during the first week of December. I’m excited. I’ve got my eye on the new Droid Bionic (a monster!). I think Toney’s going to make the jump to an iPhone, too. Supposedly Verizon is going to start selling family data plans, so that will help — if it happens. Man, I love new phone time… It’s the adult version of Christmas morning. For me, anyway.
Just don’t go to the Verizon Store and log into your Facebook account on one of their display phones. Shit like this could happen. Heh.
And that leads me to today’s Further Evidence link. It’s a TV advertisement for a new product that allows the user to create a thick foam barrier inside their toilet, before taking a seat. Check it out. I’d like to get your thoughts on it. I know I’m stuck in fifth grade, but I laughed all three times I watched the “plume” represented in the computer generated animation.
Also, do you have some piece of equipment, or an appliance, that just keeps on working, year after year? You know, like my 10 year old iPod, which gets used for roughly 10 hours per day? In the comments section, please tell us about it. I’d like to hear some positive stories on this subject, I really would.
And I’ll be back tomorrow.
Have a great day, my friends!