[ModLib] skunked

Scot Kamins kamins at modernlib.com
Wed Aug 11 00:07:04 EDT 2010

I weep -- WEEP -- for your loss.

On Aug 10, 2010, at 7:10 PM, Brian LeMasters wrote:

> It happens sometimes.  I walk into the used bookstore focused, heart  
> thumping, and I grab the basket using my peripheral vision.  I begin  
> my usual counter-clockwise search pattern through the shelves.  We  
> all have our attack strategies.  I went for the Nostalgia first  
> hoping for a quick score.  An hour later in the clearance bin it hit  
> me-I was about to be skunked.  No shelves left and my basket was  
> empty.  No need to retrace my steps tonight.  I could hear no  
> distant call of a good book that I had overlooked.  With head hung  
> low, I replaced the basket and began the walk of shame, empty- 
> handed, out the door.  The Texas sun was just setting at 8 pm and it  
> was hot.  I noticed an elderly couple walking toward me with their  
> heads held high and a certain determined smile on their faces.  I  
> recognized the emotion at once - the eternal optimism of the book  
> collector.
> Always a new day, always a new store.
> Brian
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Scot Kamins
Our lives are about decreasing our suffering and increasing our  
happiness. — nothing more.

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