April 12, 2003 in Books

A Bookstore Of My Own

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It’s official. I’m sick. I’ve got a sore throat and runny nose so I’m drinking tea spiked with Brandy to try and feel better. But I have no energy or appetite. Not good since I’m suppose to have dinner with a friend and her Mom tonight. Hopefully, I’ll feel better later. Despite being sick, I’m in a good mood. My nephew finally called. He couldn’t really talk about his training because it’s classified — but he did confirm that he’s currently in Texas and it doesn’t look like he’ll be deployed to the Middle East which makes me happy. He on the hand would have like to have been there. When I asked him if he wasn’t afraid to die, he said “no, you have to die sometime.” Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but I suppose its appropriate coming from a military man.
I’m also on a high because I spent some time at my favorite bookstore last night. After work last night, I decided to forgo going to movies, and just go home to rest. I stopped off at liquor store to get bottle of Brandy for spiking my tea. Since my favorite bookstore (Bookman’s Corner) is across street, decided to stop in. There I spent about 2 hours talking to the Proprietor, John Chandler. Our conversation totally cheered me up. Plus it was good to see some of the other regulars or point potential customers to a particular section of the bookstore. Books are stacked to the ceiling, some lay on the floor and they are not organized alphabetically. They are just stocked in the appropriate section (fiction, law, pets, etc.). So it’s somewhat unorganized, but that’s part of the charm of the place. I never really know what I’m going to find but it’s never wasted time. Plus I always leave feeling like I got a really good deal. You know, most people have a favorite bar “where everybody knows there name,” I have a bookstore. Oh what fun it would be to own a bookstore of my own. So maybe I’ll get John to teach me more about the book business. I tried last year when I was unemployed. But I don’t think he took me seriously. But considering I always have a great time whenever I’m in a bookstore, maybe this is something I should pursue. I’d really love to own someplace like a bookstore, that helps people: “take a break from all their worries.”
For lyrics to the Song, “Where Everyone Knows Your Name”, read below.

TakesARTIST: Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo
[From Television Theme Song]
Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away
All those night when you’ve got no lights
The check is in the mail
And your little angel
Hung the cat up by it’s tail
And your third fiance didn’t show
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to be where you can see
Our troubles are all the same
You want to be where everybody knows your name
Roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee’s dead
The morning’s looking bright
And your shrink ran off to Europe
And didn’t even write
And your husband wants to be a girl
Be glad there’s one place in the world
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to go where people know
People are all the same
You want to go where everybody knows your name
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came

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