It's Election Day!
So why are you reading a blog? Go Vote! (This exempts Starman, who's not yet eligible for citizenship and thus can't vote; Hub 1.0, who is eligible but won't take citizenship thus won't vote; Debbie, simply because I doubt it's election day in Canada, and anyone who's reading this after already voting.)
Okay, while they're all off voting, here's a story for Sharyn, my #1 fan. (Really -- my shopping list? I don't even read it half the time! I am truly humbled.)
When we moved here I culled through my collection of paperback romance novels and collected duplicates and no-longer-wanted volumes for Starman to hawk on Amazon Marketplace, where you sell the book for a penny but make a couple bucks in excess postage and handling. But, as that's not the sort of job you leap into while you're also juggling moving, immigration, learning bridge, and just getting acclimated to American sports and culture, the collection of extra books remained in his office.
When the Quest Center -- hippie new age place where Starman goes for yoga -- had a jumble sale, he donated some of the books. That was fine by me; anywhere other than in my office was fine by me! When he came back from yoga that week, he said that one woman there had bought all the books we'd donated. She teaches kung fu at the Center, he explained.
That was a couple months ago. Last Saturday we were at Mamacita's, the local Mexican restaurant, and we ran into this woman and her husband. She said she'd really enjoyed the books. "I read them [romances] all the time," she gushed.
"Oh, how nice. Who are your favorite authors?" I asked.
She gave me a stunned look. Favorite authors? What would such creatures look like?
Finally she gave a rueful laugh. "They're really all the same to me..." and went on to explain that she's more of a sci-fi/fantasy fan. "You know, Tolkien, etc." So the romances she just reads and passes along. She seemed amazed I have books I don't get rid of.
Now, Sharyn -- you and I know better. I read across genres, but I have favorite authors in every genre and if I didn't, I wouldn't read that genre. And who doesn't keep some favorites on the shelves for that dark, dark day when you just have to re-re-read some particular favorite? And how can you read contemporaries, historicals, Regencies, good authors, crappy authors, and just so-so authors and say, "They're all the same"?
I think she's a pod person.