How do people who don't read cheer themselves up? Wow, I never thought about that before. When I'm blue a book purchase can be a real pick-me-up. It's not a huge financial commitment (unless you are buying rare first editions) and books don't take up a lot of room (unless you are buying an encyclopedia set) and they do not contain calories.
I was in South Carolina for work in March and was pretty tired after a full day of meetings when I hit the airport for my flight home. So I thought "hey, I'll go look at the book store". Even in really small airports there are books at the candy/news store. I was pretty blah when I went in to stare at the covers and then saw the latest Jack Reacher. Score.
So it took me a while to finish this one because I had to work on reading, and listening to, "Sister Carrie". Lee Child has fun with this one. First, I think he pokes fun at Tom Cruise being cast as Reacher because in one scene he says that Reacher can touch the ceiling (in a hotel room? I forget the exact location). There is humor in this book which is a change. And....spoiler alert...no sex! Even though there are two female interests in the book. I wondered how Child would get Reacher together with the one that I thought would be the romantic partner and cheered when it happened, but no awkward Jack Reacher sex scene which was ok by me. Strike up a conversation in an airport, buy a book to cheer yourself up and get reading!!
I'm off to San Francisco for vacation and can't wait. I still remember walking down a hill and passing a bar and seeing everyone at the bar reading. And I went a few more steps, turned around, went back up the hill and joined them.
Great things about San Francisco:
Best PBS mini-series based on a great book series - "Tales of the City"
Best season of MTV's The Real World - after Puck all are poseurs
Best concert movie ever made - The Last Waltz
City Lights Bookstore
One of my favorite bands - Beulah - 4 albums and every one a gem and then they broke up
Sourdough bread! - I used to hate it and then my taste buds changed and now I love it
Local dive bar that welcomes tourists - Buddha Bar
Looking forward to adding to my list with this trip!