JPG Magazine: MsB

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Slice of life







As I lay here on the couch surfing away and thinking about a possible move next month, my eyes are surfing all my belongings. Namely the book shelves. So many books so little time. And I haven't even read half of what is on the shelves(not to mention all the ones I have not unpacked since I moved to AZ).


Whats up with that? And I can't pass a B&N without buying another jewel for my collection. And my Ipod is stuffed, 30 gigs with very little music, missed episodes of Dirt, AND books on mp3. I fact I am currently on the Audible.com website anticipating the next great find. My wish list at amazon is chauk full tasty books I have lusted at in the past but couldn't justifying forking out the funds.


I know this far surpasses my obsessive - compulsive personality or my need to KNOW or even a desire to escape my present relative condition. It goes deep, deep, deep. Like the nautilus of the subconscious laying at the bottom of primordial oooos.


First memory's of books - my mother reading to me for hours while my grumpy father was at work. Bliss! warm, cosy, rocking on my mothers lap with the sun streaming in the window warming my little soul. Or me reading the books I new by heart and the new books I invented i with the special language of three year olds.


As I got older it was a red letter day when I was given permission to walk uptown with my allowance to by a Nancy Drew and have lunch at Kreskies. The smell of a new book was so exquisite in my 8 year old brain. I could spend hours touching, feeling, smelling the new books on the shelves. As my young life was riddled with socially uncomfortable moments, bookshopping was a time I cherished to the max.


Latter on in my LA Daze, I found a bookstore on Fairfax that sold books and SHOES. Nirvana -almost as good as dope. Fancy me toting a new book and stylin' down the street in my new Mootzie Tootzes. Some of the books on my shelf at this moment are from that store. Can't say as much for the shoes that seemed to have the shelf life of style.


Many years later when I got my first computer( it had Quattro Pro) I entered the disarray of my finances into the program and found I spent more on reading material than I did on every thing else put together. OOOOO Yikes says I hope they don't repo my books in the bankruptcy. Anything but the books.


but I think what really puzzles me the most is how did I manage to shlep all those books around with me for all these years. From state to state and back. Often times my only form of transportation was my thumb. i still have my original copy of the Lord of the Rings when it first came out. I remember reading it on many an on ramp back in the day.


Ah yes. but what is life really. Just another book that hasn't been written yet.

7 comments:

SCoUt said...

True dat -- just another book that hasn't been written.
I share your love of books, for sure.
Peace,
Scout
PS--dont worry-they wont get your books, hon.

msb said...

Bankruptcy was 15 years ago and glad that faze of my life is over and no they didn't repo anything. Owed the feds a pile of money and paid it all back with interest. Who, did I feel like all grown up then.

it's the little things... said...

The way you mention the smell of books as a child brings back wonderful memories. I always thought that the books in libraries smelled good, and loved to go in there as a child...

it's the little things... said...

The way you mention the smell of books as a child brings back wonderful memories. I always thought that the books in libraries smelled good, and loved to go in there as a child...

twodogsblogging said...

A move in a month? Wazzup with that?

twodogsblogging said...

A move in a month? Wazzup with that?

Meg Moran said...

I'm addicted to audible books too. I have a long commute so they keep me sane. I haunt the used book stores too. Love books. A day alone, no plans, a good book...Bliss.

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