Today was a Good Day . . .

Today was a good day for a Tuesday–not that days of the week have much meaning for me. 

In Crawfordville, FL., Tuesday is the day after the weekend, which in library-time is Sunday and Monday.  The library is open until 8 p.m. so I can get a couple of extra hours of free Internet.

The website of the Florida Writers Association lists the monthly meeting of the Crawfordville chapter for today, the second Tuesday, at 6:30.  I dropped a note to the contact person listed as, Proudmommaof (fill in a kid’s name here), who wrote back she’d moved away long ago and had no idea if the club continued to meet.  I asked at the library, and no one on the staff had ever heard of the group.  No matter.

I stopped in this library a week ago–the day after I finished Persepolis2 and got Persepolis.  These are graphic books, graphic as in cartoon-style, not as in harlequin.  I liked them and picked up from the ‘net the info they’d been made into a graphic movie, animated cartoon-style.  I asked if the library had it, and they told me they did, but it had been checked.  No matter.

So, when I was back this week, I asked for the DVD, and they told me it was checked out.  Hmmm.  I asked when it was due back. 

Tapity-tap on her keyboard and a moment later the library lady said,  “August 10, 2011”.  Then she looked at me and deadpanned, “Probably not coming back.”

So I fussed with email and responded to some comments about yesterday’s blog, “The Villages, the Dark Side,” which was drawing a remarkable number of comments.

A lady near my perch in the library was sorting and straightening magazines.  She was the library’s version of a candy-striper, a volunteer taking up some of the budget-cut slack.  I asked if they had The Sun.  She brightened.  “Yes, it is a wonderful magazine that I never heard of until someone in town donated her copy after she’d read it.  I have two issues over here in the pile of excess magazines that the public is welcome to take.”

I don’t think The Sun is sold at newsstands; I never see it.  Since I left the Bay Area, I haven’t met anyone who’s ever heard of it.  Two issues I could take and savor like French postcards—that’ll do until a writers’ club meeting comes along. 

Behind The Sun were some Smithsonian Magazines.  I took eight of them.  And something called Bookmarks, and a copy of Sierra.  I started to walk away listing to port and noticed the feature story in Foreign Affairs was authored by Hilary Clinton, so I picked up that issue–and six others. 

Now I am down by my Plimsoll Line, but no matter.

The natural state of my 200 square-foot living space is clutter.  My Inner Neatnik abandoned me long ago.  For years I’ve sought a cure for my addiction to paper.  And, now, in a near catatonic state, I stare at the foot-high stack of magazines that is smothering a pile of mail, opened paperbacks, and maps.  I knew they followed me home like stray puppies, but no one believes me.  No matter.

I have an epiphany.  Not to worry, I do not have an addiction to paper.  I have an addiction to ink.

I know, I know.  Today’s post differs from the ordinary output from the Jolly Swag.  It’s what happens when you read “Sy Safransky’s Notebook” on the last page of The Sun, then sit down to write something.  No matter.  It was fun for me.

10 Responses to Today was a Good Day . . .

  1. MaryAnne says:

    actually, Al, it was fun reading for us too. Half way thru I was wondering how many glasses of vino you had consumed before hitting the keys but in the end realized you just had one of those days of frustration balanced by good finds. Good 4 U!

    • allevenson says:

      Mary Anne,

      It is 1:15 a.m. and I am the lone person in Crawfordville’s 24-hour McDonald’s. I had to wait for my copyeditor to reply to two questions about to explain her edits of this piece.

      While waiting, I read every word of my four favorite sections of *The Sun*: “Correspondence”–the letters to the editor:; “Readers Write”–eight pages of short pieces by reader in response to a new prompt each issue–for these issues, the prompts were Promises and Warning Signs; and “Sunbeams”–a page of short paragraphs around a theme, one seamed to be Money, the other Anxiety; and “Sy Safrasky’s Notebook”, the publisher’s page of chef’s specials.

      Say, “good nite, AL.”

      Good nite, AL.


  2. Alan stowell says:

    “Now I am down by my Plimsoll Line,” how many of your readers understand that phrase MI capitan?

  3. michael says:

    You’re not addicted, just curious. A healthy trait.

  4. Colleen Rae says:

    What is a ‘Plimsoll Line’ for those of us who are not in the know?
    You are definitely curious – one of your best traits, I think.
    Two years ago I was priveledged to be published in ‘Readers Write’ in The Sun. Have been rejected by Sy twice for the short stories I sent him. I challenged his opinion in one. That didn’t make me very popular. I still love his magazine.
    Looks like you’ll be reading a lot in the next few weeks.

  5. David LaRoche says:

    There was a time for The Sun and I – we went steady for several years, but like Oxford American and some others that began with a focus on fiction, it is trying to be more to more people. Poetry I don’t mind, takes little room, but cooking, interviews, random opinions, music, socialized politics, and on and on … BTW, I like the “no matter” and aspire to adopting myself. Most things do not.

    Hey Al, I am leaving for AR in an hour or two and will say hello. If I had your kind of chutzpu, I’d stop in to see Molly but will convey your best to the Bella Vista gang

  6. MaryAnne says:

    OK….that settles it, I’m googeling Plimsoll Line. I get antsy when I don’t know what something means and therefore can’t appraciate the context of conversation

  7. MaryAnne says:

    alrighty then……so yer sayin yer travellin’ kinda heavy, correct? Now that our informative OTR (on the road) blogger has switched touring/habitat means should you have said GVW vs. Plimsoll Line?
    We land lubbers who live in tin boxes with wheels woulda got that in a heartbeat. Or better yet use both lingos and we can all learn something……like now I know a Nautical term.
    Thanx, Al.

  8. MaryAnne says:

    Aye, Captain…….loved the explanation

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