Book Club

November 09, 2008

It doesn't do any good to go to the library. My Library anyway. I mean, it is fun and all, (without a toddler) but they won't have what you are looking for. Unless you are looking for the latest installment in Teen Vampire Fiction, the selection isn't that great, they only carry one copy of each book, and Murphy's Law dictates that the book you are looking for - no matter how obscure - will have been checked out by someone just before you arrive at the library to pick it up. So with 10 or so of us in a bookclub, you have a greater chance of being mugged by a monkey than by being the lucky gal who gets to check out that month's book selection from the library.

This month it is A Tale of Two Cities. Richard claims to own a copy, but it is in a box somewhere, so I looked for it online. I probably could have found it in one of the local used books stores (That's right. We have those. I mean where do you think this is? Payson?) but that would require getting in my car and driving down town and that is not really my style. I found it on Amazon for 75 cents plus shipping. So we held a family counsel and decided that it was a wise investment and I bought it.

A week later, it came. I was surprised at how small the envelope was -- just your run-of-the-mill padded envelope -- since I always understood that "A Tale of Two Cities" was a rather long book. So I open the envelope and what do I see?

Gah!! Classics Illustrated!! What am I supposed to do with this? Look at the pictures? Like some kind of ANIMAL!?! Blast these careless sellers who list their stuff wrong. How they inconvenience and annoy me! Can't they pay a little attention so that I do not have to deal with their incompetence?

Well I tell you what, I marched right upstairs and sat down at my computer to send a message to that mistake maker and tell them what’s what. And when I opened my Amazon account to look at the transaction, I saw that that silly graphic novel was the book I had ordered. There was a picture and everything. Darn.

So, turns out the mistake maker was me. I always think about how, in many interactions everyday, one or both parties will come out of it thinking that the other person is an idiot. And I have decided that is is very good for me to be reminded that, AT LEAST half of the time, the idiot is me.

So, what did I do in this instance? I said "Forget It!" and I'm reading Great Expectations instead.

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  1. Dude, I do this ALL THE TIME with ebay!!!

  2. I find out that I'm the idiot AT LEAST once a day at work. I'm hoping it means something in the eternal perspective... like I'll be translated before the other people who find out they are idiots a lot less frequently.

  3. But, I like A Tale of Two Cities so much better than Great Expectations. So sad. Just go raid a high school or something. I guarantee they have plenty of copies.

  4. Speaking of books... have you read any good books along the lines of Farenheit 451, Folk of the Fringe (Orson Scott Card) or Brave New World(Aldeus Huxley)? I love those Utopian type books... books about 'what if life were like this instead of how it really is..."... I have traded in my scrapbook time for awhile for reading time.

  5. Have you read "1984"? I always group that one with "A Brave New World", though I think "1984" is better.

  6. You could read it online for free. Or download it and read it on your computer.
    is one of the many places you can find it.

  7. Your choice of books reminds me of this Monty Python sketch.