06/17/24 – What Kind Of Errand

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Picknar, Rodrigo and Jo got back in the car and after a bit of driving Picknar asked, "what's the errand?" Rodrigo said, "just something quick. And... here we are." They could see through the windshield that it was a library, and Picknar asked, "ah. A library. What kind of collection is it?" From the backseat, Jo said, "what do you mean, 'what kind of a collection is it'? Val, you are off your rocker! It's a fucking library." Rodrigo calmly said, "books, my friend books." They got out of the car and Picknar asked, "don't you have every book on the planet on your communication device?" Further exasperated, Jo said, "they're 'smart phones,' Val. You know this!" Rodrigo said, "I could, but I don't have any books on my phone because I find pleasure in the tactile experience." Put off by his comment, Jo said, "is that some kind of creepy come-on? 'Pleasure in the tactile experience.' do girls ever fall for that line?" Rodrigo replied, "actually sweet Jo, I'm gay." Curious, Jo asked, "really? So, do men ever fall for that line?" Slyly grinning, Rodrigo said, "well, Ii mean... yeah. you have met men, right?"

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Ah, Rigo. Sweeter than honey. 😉

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Picknar, Rodrigo and Jo got back in the car and after a bit of driving Picknar asked, “what’s the errand?” Rodrigo said, “just something quick. And… here we are.” They could see through the windshield that it was a library, and Picknar asked, “ah. A library. What kind of collection is it?” From the backseat, Jo said, “what do you mean, ‘what kind of a collection is it’? Val, you are off your rocker! It’s a fucking library.” Rodrigo calmly said, “books, my friend books.” They got out of the car and Picknar asked, “don’t you have every book on the planet on your communication device?” Further exasperated, Jo said, “they’re ‘smart phones,’ Val. You know this!” Rodrigo said, “I could, but I don’t have any books on my phone because I find pleasure in the tactile experience.” Put off by his comment, Jo said, “is that some kind of creepy come-on? ‘Pleasure in the tactile experience.’ do girls ever fall for that line?” Rodrigo replied, “actually sweet Jo, I’m gay.” Curious, Jo asked, “really? So, do men ever fall for that line?” Slyly grinning, Rodrigo said, “well, Ii mean… yeah. you have met men, right?”
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16 Comments

  1. I’m with Rigo. The variety of sensations one can get from a printed book is remarkable. I understand the desire to take up less room in one’s house, but putting all your books on your phone denies me the pleasure of casually scanning your library, thus learning more about you. And you about me.

    1. tlhonmey

      Well, not really… But you’re forced to pay for it whether you want it or not, and they make the bookwork required for you to figure out how much you’re paying for it so complicated that hardly anybody bothers…

      And most people confuse “I don’t know what it costs me” with “free”.

      1. Zeebob Thoomquist III, Esquire

        Library costs, in the total scope of public funding, are “free” for any sane person’s viewpoint. And that’s even before looking at the benefits from having libraries.

      2. There have been several studies on the return on investment of funding libraries, and they typically find that the libraries generate about five times the dollar value of their funding in the value of their services that your average taxpayer receives. Libraries also increase the amount of people going to businesses in the area.

        So, for every tax dollar your community spends on libraries, the average tax payer saves five through their services. Libraries cost less than free, no matter how you look at it.

        (Click my name if you’d like to read a study)

  2. Meran

    To be fair, most men I know DON’T read. Sadly.

    My own personal library consists of 50% now out of print books. (At last count, over 7000.)

    Ppl are either astonished or terrified when they see it.

      1. Meran

        I began with ebooks about 10 yrs ago I think. Some were free, some cost a few $$.

        I even read a few.. imagine my face the day I opened my ipad to find they’d ALL been removed.

        I decided that I wouldn’t be caught like that again. After all, no one comes into my house when I’m gone, to take my books.

  3. FontLady

    I used to work at the local public library, in children’s reference. One day I got a call from an older lady asking if we had any books. I asked what subject she wanted to know about and she replied, “Any books. I heard they were getting rid of books.” I assured her that we still had plenty of books. I’m guessing she thought they were all going to be digital.

    1. Pete Rogan

      We’re not getting rid of books but we ARE disposing of sanity and common sense just as fast as we can shovel. When a third of Americans don’t know the Earth orbits the sun, you can see the “progress” made to turn every person on the planet into the intellectual equivalent of an equal mass of blue-green algae. When people forget how to read, what use are books going to be, eh?

    2. Meran

      Every library I’ve been in since the 90’s rarely have the books I’m looking for.
      You see, I don’t usually read best sellers.

      I’m still looking for some books I read as a preteen… can NOT find those. I got my love for wild animals from them. And much of my knowledge of the animals from them too.

    1. Meran

      Iirc, the books were titled with the animal’s latin name, which taught the 11 yr old me some Latin and got me taking it for 3 yrs in high school!

      So the book on the red fox (might have been titled exactly that!) or Vulpes Vulpes.

      It was a married couple who wrote these and there were a LOT. They weren’t Disney-fied (written far before Disney World). I remember a wolverine was one, and there was a chickadee, I believe, too.

      It has been 60 yrs! I keep remembering Kirkegaard as the authors’ last name. (The only author of that nane I’ve ever read, so it must be true.) The animals were all US based. (Again, iirc.)

      I’d love it if you can find them! In any form. (I ended up working in that very library for 3 yrs as a after school program.) The books were all hardcover. I don’t think they were ever paper back. Also, there was killing in order to eat in it, so NOT in the children’s part of the library.

      The authors were committed to Reality, not for the sake of titillation.

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