October 20th, 2011

Paul Neyron rose 2

Thursday so far

I got up at ten-something, so I managed to get much more done today.  I made myself coffee so I wouldn't go back to sleep.  I volunteered at the secondhand bookstore for a little while, but people would ask me if I worked there and then want me to do cashier things.  I never trained on the cash register because I didn't want to handle the money.  Normally this is no problem, because I can just run and get the cashier.  Today the cashier had first gone down the strip mall to get himself lunch, then kept wandering off to the back of the store.  There was another volunteer there who knew where the tax deduction slips were for people donating, so that helped, as I had no idea where they were.

I ended up filling in the romance shelves and putting a few paperback donations away.  The shelves on the category romance cart were half-empty.  I wondered how long ago that was from.  I hadn't come in on Tuesday because I had a number of errands to do, and then went off to Longwood Gardens to enjoy the weather while it lasted.

I suppose customers just assume you're the cashier if you're working someplace like that.  Anyway, I didn't stay very long.  I had some time, so I decided to go to the really big used bookstore in the area.  I looked around, and asked about Mary Renault's books.  Someone on AE had listed The Charioteer among his favorite books, and said that he wanted to re-read The Persian Boy.  I knew several of her books were in the library, and the ones the bookstore had were about Theseus, so I didn't get anything at that bookstore.  I did note down more of the authors of early twentieth century boys' adventure series, to look them up in Google eBooks.

I made it to an appointment.  I actually got there early, so I re-read some of The Dark Farewell.  That's on all of my e-readers.  I guess I think of it as an essential one to have.  There are a few e-books in the "essential to have around" category.

I talked to J. for a while yesterday.  He was busy in grad school, he said, with classes and working part-time and his internship, but he said that working forty-hour weeks was really taking it out of him.  It's a different kind of busyness.  I said that maybe I'd come down some weekend, and we could play with my phone, and have a nice visit.  He still likes the idea of giving Dad the Kobo Touch I got during Borders' liquidation sale.  Well, Dad's birthday is in December, so I have a bit more time to think about it.  I'd need to delete off the romances of various sorts and load up a few war stories and classics.  I think he'd use it.

An hour later: I remembered to check the due dates on my library books.  One was due today.  I renewed it, then looked at e-books.  I looked at Harlequins, and got a couple.  The e-books seem to be very popular.  They have a seven-day checkout period, then just expire.  I remember getting some out when I first got the e-reader, but I didn't get around to reading them at the time.  This time I'll try to read them.

Interestingly, the library has Kindle versions of the books, too.  I'm not sure if that's true of all the Harlequins they have, though I think it likely.  I expect the county library system got Kindle library books pretty quickly after they became available.  It wasn't all that long ago.