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The life of a porn addicted housewife.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Smell Of Old Paperbacks 

I have found one of the greatest used book stores on the planet!
It’s called “Half-Price Books” and is part of a small chain. There are 3 within driving distance here, so I am now a happy camper. There is an extreme lack of used book stores in Ohio. That is really odd to me because in Florida they are all over the place.

I am a used book store fan to the extreme. Most of you know that the books I prefer were all written and published between 1940 through 1970. Of course you can’t go to Barnes & Noble to pick up books like that. Sometimes you will see reprints, but that is not what I am looking for. I want the originals in all of their pulpy glory. I want the lurid covers and I want the smell that only old paperbacks have. That smell is like an aphrodisiac to me. New books have either a bland nothing smell, or worse yet, a chemical smell. Old books, especially paperbacks, smell like time. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but heck, I know what I mean.

I spent quite a bit of time in the store. I found two large bags of books and only spent $68! The whole deal of the store is that no book costs more than half of the cover price, including new releases. A book can be one week old, but if someone came in yesterday to trade it in then you only pay half price. I bought Andrew Vaachs newest book in hardcover for only $14. How can you not love that? I was also able to find a bunch of paperbacks from my preferred years and none were over $3, in fact most only cost $1. I was in heaven! I will be making many more trips to this store!

I have more good news. I have lost a total of 16 pounds! While of course it took getting sick to get me started, I am very proud of the fact that I have kept the weight loss up. I have quit drinking soda all day. I try to drink no more than one a day. That’s a big deal considering I was drinking 4-5 a day before. I drink mainly water now. I have also stopped eating fast food all of the time. I was eating at McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc several times a week, but now I try to keep it to no more than one fast food meal a week. I am also not cleaning my plate at dinner just because there is food on it. When I am not hungry anymore I stop eating! I am quite happy because now I can put my knees on my chest without squashing all the air out of me. LOL!

The big 3 inches of snow we were supposed to get over the weekend ended up being pretty much of a dud. The ground was too warm so it melted as soon as it hit the ground.

Yesterday we went to the mall, a couple furniture stores, WalMart, and Taco Bell. Our main reason for going to the mall was to trade in our cable box for an HD model. There was a guy working there that had the funniest hair I have seen in quite awhile. This poor deluded man had a bald mullet! The top of his head was completely bald and he had the old man ring of hair trimmed neatly around his ears. Unfortunately he also had long hair in the back! I’m sure he thought it made him look younger and cooler, but actually it just made him look silly. We went to the furniture stores because we are looking for the perfect coffee table. I refuse to settle on second best and will only fork over the cash when I find the one I am looking for. It needs to be triangular in shape with a black glass top. The body of the table need to be made of cherry wood and metal with a brushed nickel finish. I want this because that is what the whole entertainment center and audio rack are made of. Here is a question, because entertainment centers are such an integral of the design of a living room, why don’t the builders make matching coffee and end tables? When we bought the two large pieces I would not have hesitated to buy the matching components if they had been available.

I have been horrible about updating this lately haven’t I?
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