Earlier this month I had to trek down to Specialist City to see my sleep doc.
I call it Specialist City because every one of the family’s medical specialists are located there. Not one is located in nearby Small Town. No. We have to drive a hour or so Specialist City if we have anything more than the flu. Our regular doc in Tiny Town can deal with that at least.
Despite the drive I enjoy going to Specialist City, assuming I don’t have the problem child with me. If I have him along I am annoyed because he misses 2 additional hours of schooling due to the drive time. But by myself, with an early-ish appointment, Specialist City can be a fun place to visit.
It’s a medium sized city. It has vastly more stores & restaurants than Small Town does. It has mom & pop shops, small stores, chain stores, big box stores, strip malls & indoor malls. Due to the layout of the town I have to drive through the main commercial area to get to the medical center, so it is not in the least bit inconvenient for me to stop at JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s or Ulta, or have my eyebrows threaded or my oil changed or pick up Organic Fair Trade coffee beans or stop in Marcy’s Yarn Shoppe.
Though I do try to restrict my ‘Shoppe’ shopping to Small & Tiny Town. Stores located in buildings that survived the Civil War can call themselves ‘Shoppe’s in my opinion, stores in strip malls built in the 1990s cannot.
There is a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Specialist City & one upon a time I made a point of stopping in there every time I was in the area. Sometimes I would drive down there just to go to B&N.
I stopped in there after seeing the sleep doc. I had 3 gift cards with partial balances on them and B&N online’s shipping sucks compared to Amazon’s so I didn’t want to use the cards online.
Once I was in the store I picked up some books, bought a cup of decaf & a muffin and sat to look through them. While doing so I noticed a few things had moved around since my last visit. Then I wondered just when that last visit was.
I had no idea.
Maybe it was when I picked up the Hallmark ornaments in November but probably not because that would have taken all my free spending money & I can’t go in a bookstore with no money. It wasn’t after my sleep doc appointment in October because I met Mel after that one & we went to the walking mall. So maybe the visit before that? May?
Holy crap! Had it really been 10 months since I was in a book store?
That’s just not possible!
Or at least I would have sworn up one side & down the other that it was not possible.
I could not imagine there would ever be a time when I could not recall precisely when I was last in a bookstore.
I love bookstores. Up until that moment I could never have imagined 10 months going by without my entering one.
But I suppose lack of money & a Kindle will do that.
I get about 80% of my reading material from the library. Free is good. I buy about 15% of it for my Kindle and the remaining 5% is split between comics & graphic novels bought from Amazon (with it’s low prices & free shipping) or half.com (for even lower priced used books) and books I am given free in exchange for reviewing them. Kids books come from Target or Amazon
There really is no need for me to go into a bookstore. Or at least no need for me to drive an hour to get to one. I’d like to think if there was something other than a Christian bookstore in Small Town I’d go to it. I did end up buying the Girl Genius Omnibus vol 1 at B&N after all and when we had a used bookstore I was in there monthly, but it closed 3 or so years ago.
Do you still go to bookstores? As much as you did 3-5 years ago?