This has been the week of monsoon rain in NJ. We got rain and then more rain and then even more rain. Louisiana got snow, but oh no, we got rain. You can tell that I'm not particularly pleased about this...
Today, in particular, brings us another one of the entries in the ongoing series, "How to injure yourself". My great feat today was managing to swing my right elbow into the broken towel bar in our bathroom, which is waiting to be replaced with an intact towel bar. Elbow into towel bar=great pain. It's clearing up now, but I thought it particularly apt to warn any of you who might have rogue towel bars out there waiting to attack you.
I've also been debating with myself this week whether I need a Blackberry or not. I've grown sick of my tiny little phone, which is some model or other from Motorola. I'm stuck with Verizon for a number of reasons, service being the primary one. This lets me choose from the Storm (and how it has been panned), the 8830 (which I have heard is quite clunky), and the Curve. I'm leaning towards the Curve at the moment, but I'm still gulping at the thought of paying $150/month for unlimited minutes, etc. That's A LOT for phone and e-mail.
My father keeps trying to dissuade me from purchasing the Blackberry, since he insists that it's a "Crackberry", and I should never go near one. So, LIT SOUP readers, what is your take on it? Do you love your Blackberries? Hate them? Never want to go near one, and thus have never bought one? How useful do you find them? My primary rationale is that whenever I travel into the city for a business lunch, or even go do errands during the day, I lose massive amounts of time where I could be answering e-mail.
Finally, a lot of other authors and agents and editors have been making a similar plea on their blogs, but I haven't really done a full round of one yet... so, without further ado...
As the holiday season approaches, please consider buying a book as a gift for a friend or family member. They are cheaper than movies, and can be shared among multiple family members. They offer hours of entertainment, even for the fastest readers. They support your favorite authors and allow them to keep writing. They can be lent out; they can be traded; they can be sold at used book stores afterwards.
In my opinion, books are ready-made friends. They are waiting to whisk you off to a world of adventure or escapism or knowledge, whatever your cup of tea is. You can vicariously go to Morroco through a cookbook specialzing in tangines; you can go to the moon in a science fiction novel; you can help solve a mystery; or you can learn why Lincoln was a great president. They give you knowledge and entertainment and escapsim. Most importantly, they help you expand your horizons, by the simple act of turning pages, whether paper or electronic ones.
Please consider buying a book, especially this holiday season.