When do you consider a book you're reading as being finished? So many books have extras at the end - study guides, interviews with the author, endnotes/references, etc. I usually read the author bio and acknowledgements, and if there are endnotes/references with anything more than a source attribution or citation. I won't do much more than skim other things. So have I really finished reading a book if I haven't read all of this extra stuff?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
While waiting for the South Shore train this morning on my way to work, there was a piece of wrapping paper tumbling around the parking lot. What really made it stand out was the fact that it was Christmas paper - a snowman motif on a blue background. Trash around that station isn't unusual, but I had to wonder where this scrap came from - someone cleaning out their car or home? My car is usually messy, but even I don't have used Christmas wrap rattling around in it. Was it from a recent gift, given to a kid who really likes snowmen? I'll never know, but I did pick it up and stuff it into my backpack.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Today, I finally went shopping for a denim jacket. Walmart.com had one that I liked for a decent price, and the site said that most retail locations had it. So, I drove the few miles to the evil Walmart Supercenter and looked for denim jackets there. Well, it's getting to be late March, so of course they had already sold jackets out on clearance. There were plenty of shorts and tank tops to choose from. I love how you have to buy a winter coat in July, otherwise they're sold out, and bikinis and beach-wear in December.