Queue (queue) wrote,

Adventures in Bookland

So, at the Guster concert, I had a phrase from Catch-22 run through my mind: "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" I haven't read that book since high school. It was the first (and maybe the only?) book that made me laugh out loud while reading it. So, I decided I wanted to read it again, and I also decided that I needed to own it. Then, yesterday, I was having a conversation and somehow brought up Dune, which I think I also haven't read since high school. I decided I needed to own that, too.

So, I got some advice on where to shop and headed to Avenue Victor Hugo, since it is close to my work. Took the T from Copley to Hynes, found the store. A great store. They had other books by Heller and Herbert, but not those particular books I was looking for. I left and went back to Hynes. Too many people at the station, and only a few of them got on the very crowded train that came by. I headed back to the street, hoping to find a bus going in a convenient direction. I saw the sign that said the 1 goes to Harvard. Excellent. About 15 seconds later, the 1 came.

I got off at Harvard and went to the Harvard Bookstore. Again, they had books by both authors, but not the book I was looking for. I then headed to Pandemonium. The third of a three-part special series of Knights of the Dinner Table was in, so I picked that up. I went to the used shelves and didn't find it stacked with the rest of the books. As I was about to leave the used section, though, I found a beat-up copy of Dune lying on the shelf in front of the rows of books. $1.50. Yay!

I stayed up too late reading it, and I read it this morning on the commute in. I even sat and read it in my cubicle for a bit, wanting to finish the chapter I was on. After a couple of minutes, I flipped and saw that the chapter was too long, so I stopped reading. The book is as good as I remember it. Also makes me want to play the game Dune 2. Yes, I need another game to waste time on. I played some Warlords 2 this morning. A small scenario that I won in 10 turns. Especially in the smaller scenarios, it really pays to be aggressive and wipe out enemy heroes and take over their cities early on.

Bridge has been rescheduled for today, and I'm looking forward to it. Here's hoping I don't embarrass myself too much. I just need to remember to count trumps and other suits where I have a chance of winning tricks with low cards. And I'm going to try not to look at the book too much for help with the bidding. I'm not going to learn it if I'm always looking it up. I feel comfortable enough with the more common bids, so we'll just see how it goes.
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