Waiting List Woes

Before I say anything disparaging, let me first make clear that I probably live in the best public library system in the country, if not the world.  The facilities are exceptional, they have an unbelievably current and comprehensive selection, the librarians are friendly and intelligent and well-read.  And the wait-list system itself is wonderful and very useful.  Pretty much any book you can think of, my library system has it, usually several copies, often in multiple media (i.e. hard copy, large print, CD, e-book).  And I can request a hold on a book from any library in the system, to any library in the system, and it will usually be there in a week or less.  Very efficient and necessary to my insatiable reading needs.

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Saturday book sale

I want them all.

Just got back from the semi-annual library sidewalk sale.  It wasn’t actually on the sidewalk, as rain clouds were threatening in the distance, but you get the idea.  Few things get me more excited than browsing through and looking for books.  I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading

Wide Open Spaces

For a brief time here recently, I was the proud “owner” of about 4100 square feet of space (“owner” is in quotes because ownership is actually, legally and technically, kind of a complicated term.  It often feels like you don’t really “own” anything).  But I bought a house, and was still paying rent on an apartment, and a storage unit, and a moving truck, so for that moment in time, it was all “mine.” Continue reading