||[Aug. 29th, 2019|03:24 am]
The few degree decline in temperature today, along with the fact that I was going stir crazy, induced me to go out this evening and visit the Goodwill store and Trader Joe's. The visit to Goodwill was fortuitous, as I found five books I liked. There is a hardbound collection of all of Flannery O'Connor's short stories, a hardbound volume containing five Agatha Christie novels (if I can't watch English people murdering one another on television, at least I can read about them doing so,) a paperback with all five of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide novels, and a paperback of one more of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series. |
The last book is a locally published (though printed in China) book of Chico's history, with lots of historic and recent photos. It's a nice, oversized, but not very thick, hardbound volume, signed by the (local) author. I don't know if it was published with a dust jacket or not, but it doesn't have one now, which is unfortunate. I'm a fan of dust jackets on hardbound books. The Christie collection doesn't have one, either, but the O'Connor collection does. Still, I can't complain. It was senior discount day, so I got the ten novels, thirty or so short stories, and the local history all for less than twelve bucks ($1.30 off!)
Anyway, aside from four of the Adams novels, which I had in single volumes, and a few of O'Connor's stories that I had in various anthologies, none of these are books I had before the fire, so despite a growing collection, I'm not making much progress on replacing the library I lost. But at least I'll have plenty to read for now, and since the Goodwill store is so easy to get to I'm bound to get even more. Probably more than I can read, in fact. On Labor Day the store is having a 50%-off sale, but sine I get up rather late in the day I suspect the books will have been picked over and the best ones sold by the time I get there, so I probably shouldn't worry about getting too extravagant then.
The night is still a bit on the warm side, and I don't have the windows open yet, but it is noticeably cooler than recent nights, and we are getting some intermittent breezes, which make for a pleasant change. I'm feeling considerably less grumpy that I have lately. But the only cricket I'm hearing is some distance off. I don't know what has become of the one who lives just down the trail. I saw some blue jays hanging out in the neighborhood earlier today. I hope they didn't eat him.
Tomorrow isn't expected to be any hotter than today was, so maybe I'll be able to get out in the coolish of the evening again. I'll be needing a bit of stuff from Grocery Outlet, which is a different direction from the Goodwill store and a bit farther away than Trader Joe's, and it would be somewhat sunnier that way and more strenuous, but we shall see. Donuts might be worth the effort. Donuts are pretty good.
Dumbass! I finished writing this entry just before one o'clock in the morning, but when I went to post it I found that I had no Internet. I let my cellphone, which I use as a hotspot, run down again. I'm recharging the battery now, but that takes about two hours, so I won't be able to post until about three o'clock in the morning. I don't know if I'll be awake then. This is the fourth time lately that I've let the phone's battery run down to zero. It seems to be draining faster than it used to. I wonder if the battery is wearing out, since using the phone as a hotspot means I have to recharge it every day? That's close to 250 times it has been recharged since I got it. Maybe I should buy a backup battery to keep on hand. And find out how to stick it into the phone, since I don't know that either. Modern life is puzzling for technodolts like me.
Ah, here it is. And I got a rather long Poirot story with a murdered Englishman init read.