As soon as I stepped inside the store I realized that the entire bookstore was in the process of a major re-do. All the main aisles had long tables extending lengthwise down the middle of them. All the smaller side aisles had push carts piled with books. The place was a mess.
And I couldn’t have been any more pleased.
So, slightly giddy with the sense of adventure that comes from exploring the unknown, I started on a Treasure Hunt– looking at the 80% off books on the long tables. It was like browsing at a library used book sale where you never know what you might find. Naturally I found a few books I needed.
Then I decided to search with purpose for the books that I’d come into the store to buy. That’s when the real fun started as I began my own little game of I Spy.
On the walls were the old signs that told me what used to be in each section of the store– with the new, different books underneath each sign. Which meant that…
- I found Humor under Cookbooks. Well, yes… I have made a number of miserable meals that elicited laughs.
- I found Sports under Photography. Which, considering how much bending and leaning I do to take a good photo, seemed somewhat accurate to me.
- I found Home Decor under New Age/Philosophy. Which sort of made sense to me… in a very existential, post-modern, Unhappy Hipsters sort of way.
I don’t know why this shopping trip entertained me so, but it did. Adventure. Absurdity. New [discounted] books. And a story to tell.
What’s not to like?
… It’s a quiet life I live, but a happy one.