When I got back from my (retail) therapy sesh, I was in a much better state of mind. A little purchase can do wonders! Check out my new Hello Kitty laptop bag. It got its first unsolicited compliment from the Apple employee who was trying to help me figure out my MacAir. I’m scheduled to go back tomorrow and have a technician re-install iLife, which somehow isn’t there. All I know is that the store was packed full of women who, shall we say, all fall into the category of needing reading glasses and who were passionately attempting to learn how to work macs or iphones. It was pretty funny and revealing. From a marketing standpoint, does Apple even know who their primary demographic is, at least in the La Costa/San Diego area? It’s not young urban professionals, it’s women like me! Ha ha ha, or maybe the joke’s on me? Whatev.
I decided to expand the theme of reading material, and walk around the house and list all the books and mags that belong to my Merchant Marine tugboat captain husband. He has a lot of time to read while he’s out to sea with no TV, mostly no internet, and he’s limited to the DVDs of movies and television shows that he brings with him. And yeah, there seems to be a recurring theme here.
Raising the Hunley Bryan Hicks and Schuyler Kropf
In Danger at Sea Samuel Cottle
Titanics Last Secrets John Chatterton
The Secret Knowledge of Water Craig Childs
George Washington’s Secret Navy James L. Nelson
A Stranger Came to Port and I Cover the Waterfront Max Miller
Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey
A lot of Joseph Conrad, who was a Merchant Marine.
Heart of Darkness, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, Under Western Eyes
The Rediscovery of North America Barry Lopez
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
Inside Mavericks, a photo book of the surf spot by Doug Acton
Afoot and Afield in San Diego Jerry Schad (one of the greatest hiking guides ever written)
Of Wolves and Men Barry Lopez
Love in the time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lots of cookbooks, including Joy of Cooking of course.
Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special
Martha Stewart Cookbooks
Light in August William Faulkner
How To Raise a Jewish Dog Ellis Wiener and Barbara Davilman
…and all the other chick lit books that are in print.
What’s on your shelves?