It's like my grandfather always told me: Mike, when life hands you Lemons, ask for a paternity test.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Feeding the Monster...

I knew it, from the minute that I walked through the door, that I wasn't going to regret this for a moment. My favorite used bookstore is relocating, which is a bummer for a couple of reasons. One, the downtown location is (I refuse to use the past tense til the doors close permanently) just a few blocks from my house. Second, I buy nearly all my books there; it's comforting to know I can get my books for half the price of other bookstores. Third, the store has been a staple of downtown Provo for a couple of decades, the store itself a claustrophobic nightmare, with narrow lanes of bookshelves filled with countless texts. But the best part of the store was its smell.
I must confess. I love the smell of books: new, old, slightly used, water damaged. I find in the aroma as story as compelling and thought provoking as the text itself. And it seems each book has a different flavor, as if the authors chose the specific glue used in the binding. If you don't believe me, try it. Go to your desk, bookshelf, local library, wherever the case maybe. Crack open a book. Take a whiff. Then again, you might not find the same pleasure I do. I just humbly ask that you do not judge me and the countless others who take a moment, upon entering an archive of books, to take a deep breath.
For the record, I bought three books: a Harvard Classics edition of Don Quixote, an anthology of poetry entitled Tennyson to Whitman, and an anthology circa 1961 of William Faulkner. Closing price: $ 3.18.

Friday, April 16, 2010

End of the Semester means Soccer Season

It's the end of my second year at BYU, and this marks my first year of intramural soccer. I'm actually surprised how many people signed up to play on this team. I like playing soccer, but have never played on a team. This should be interesting, given the stringent rules placed on the players. I can see a couple of red cards in my future. Wish the as-of-yet unnamed team luck, and I'll keep you all posted on our progress.