In the land of television, I find myself without one. We just moved into a new development and television is either not available yet or too expensive.
So here I am in a Books-A-Million, one of my favorite blogging spots. With a television I would be home right now getting ready to watch Texas vs. Alabama. While the game is for the national championship, I am not all that interested. I could go to the local sports pub, but I am saving my shekels for the Ravens-Patriots playoff game this weekend.
Books-A-Million here in Blacksburg, Va. is a nice place if you don’t have TV. The booksellers (didn’t they used to be called clerks?) have been really nice to me. That’s why I like to come here. The atmosphere is good.
I love the look and feel of binding, covers and paper on reading material, also. I can’t get into electronic reading with a Kindle, at least not yet. My one complaint is that even though Christmas is over and Books-A-Million is advertising big savings, none of the books that appeal to me are on sale. And the ones that are at least moderately attractive to me aren’ t low enough in price to cause me to shell out a few bucks for them.
I picked up one book by one of my favorite authors and almost bought it. It’s only four dollars. But then I realized I haven’t finished one of his other books yet. I also have a pile of other books at home that I either got from the library, paid one dollar for here at Books-A-Million, or were given to me as gifts. So I put it back. There were three of them there, so I figured I will wait a while since I don’t think they’ll sell out. The author is a relatively obscure one, although he is well-known in his genre.
While I am waiting for the TV powers to get their act together and either come down in cost or wire my neighborhood, reading is a good alternative. I am sitting in book heaven, with the Internet and its infinite material available to me on my laptop, and the daily newspaper nearby. The tube can wait.