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February 17th, 2004

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05:31 pm - Missed it by that much...
The release date on Well of Lost Plots is February 2004. Doesn't that mean the book should have come out in January? *grumbles* But B&N doesn't have it yet. It seems silly to spend 22$ ordering the paperback from Britain when for not too much longer, I can get the hardcover for 17$ (which seems like a great deal by comparison). The B&N near hoppie was willing to order it for me (by which they mean reserve a copy when they finally come in, and best of all, call me when it's in.) but the one in Nashua (beautiful tax-free NH) isn't. So the debate. Do I wait? Of course. Do I order or wait? Not sure. *sigh* It is only 85 cents. (I think. Does someone want to check my Mass math?) and with the B&N card, It will actually be less than 16.57$ including tax.
I think I've finally tipped into utter nutliness.
Edit: Hoppie says I call Nashua every day until they decide that they'd rather have me order it and call me when it comes in than have to deal with me on the phone any longer. If it comes in before that happens, then I'm open to buy it either place! Woo hoo!
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Date:February 17th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)

Dunno why I'm salivating. I still haven't read Lost in a Good Book and I've had it for what, a year?

I'm waiting until we schedule the book club so I don't have to read Eyre Affair twice in a month or something evil like that. That's my story and I'm sticking to it :)
Date:February 18th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
$16.07 actually, with the B&N card, assuming $17 as the starting point. But $0.85 is correct tax for $17. I'm impressed and shocked.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
I applied the 10% discount first and then the tax. I realized later, but decided it wasn't worth fixing. Oh, and I was at the gym. 8-)
Date:February 18th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)


You mean you applied the tax first and then the discount? You're supposed to discount first then tax :)

Working out is good. Reading is better.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
yeah, that. Actually I applied the discount, and then applied tax to the prediscount amount. Which is pretty impressive when you think about it.
This is much too hard for me! I can't do the sum!
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Date:January 24th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)

Utter randomness

Sorry to seem weird. I googled that line you just used. "This is much too hard for me, I can't do the sum." That's from Babes in Toyland, right? I've been trying to find the lyrics.

Mmm... books. What is this series you're discussing? What genre? Might it be something I'd be interested in?
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Date:January 24th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Utter randomness

Ask me tomorrow. I'll fire up the DVD player and write it down for you.
It is from Babes in Toyland (Disney - staring Annette Funicello). The series we were discussing is the Thursday Next series. You can read more about it at Jasper Fforde's web site. (Him being the author.)
If you like literary references sprinkled liberally in a lively fantasy romp through a word where time travel is possible, and literary forgery is as big a threat as art forgery, then yes, you'll love it.
If you like, I can send you book 2 which I accidentally purchased when I was trying to buy book 4 (don't ask.)
I thought about returning it, but it cost as much to return as it did to buy, so there you are. I would have given it away long ere now, but you can't give someone book 2 without giving them book 1, and my book 1, besides the fact that I don't really want to give it to anyone, is currently on loan. 8-)
But if someone were to get involved in the series, and be looking for book 2 at no extra cost to them, why this would be a good opportunity then, wouldn't it?
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Date:January 26th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Utter randomness

Gah, sorry for delay. Randomness in life has given me now this time to say hi.

I will buy the first book. If I like it, I will possibly contact you for the second, but judging from your post you live near New Hampshire and I live nowhere close so don't worry, I'd feel bad.

There's a DVD of Babes in Toyland? I actually might buy that... I just love that one line in that song. Do you remember how it starts? "Da da DA DA da da daaa, why am I so dumb? This is much too hard for me, I can't do the sum." And then she spins around and there's all different colors of her... ah, introducing children to LSD fits...
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Date:January 26th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)

Busting out the olde Babe

Bills. Bills. Bills.
The price of milk and eggs and bread is rising every day,
Now with our bankbook in the red, these bills are hard to pay.
If we stopped buying chocolate cake, and lived on green string beans,
Exactly how much would it take, to live within our means?

Ohhhh, put down beans and cross-out cake,
Let me see, oh dear me.
What a job to undertake,
Milk plus bread! Oh, my head!
Add, subtract, and multiply, till you’re overcome.
This is much too hard for us! We can’t do the sum!

The stove and rugs and furniture will soon be repossessed,
This makes me feel quite insecure, and mentally depressed.
Would we be better off somehow by living in a tent?
How can I pay the mortgage now and save the 6%?

Ohhhh, picture us inside a tent,
Beastly poor! Insecure!
We must save the 6%
6 times X, how complex!
Numbers always stick our brain,
Why are we so dumb?
This is much too hard for us,
We can’t do the sum!
[stick is the one word I'm not sure of. It might be pick or trick although neither of those sound right. Of course it would be on your favorite line too.)
I’m not a great financial wiz, of that there is no doubt.
The outcome of our income is our income’s all gone out.
If we walk on our hands with care, instead of on our feet,
Would what we save on shoe repair suffice to make ends meet?

Ohhhhh, walking on our hands with care,
Off our feet! Make ends meet!
Saving on our shoe repair,
Leaving holes in our soles,
What should be be adding to, or subtracting from.
This is much too hard for me.
I can’t do the sum!

Looks like there’s no hope for me,
I can’t get out of debt,
If I marry Barnaby, that’s the end. Why pretend?
Am I doing right or wrong, my heart feels so numb,
No use trying anymore. I can’t do the sum.

As far as book 2 goes, I'm happy to send it to a good home. It's just sitting around here doing not much of anything. I've been meaning to post it up at that book swap group, but never got around to it.
Meaning to is a very strong term, really, what I mean is that I've thought briefly about doing it during the course of writing this. 8-)
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Date:February 18th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
The waiting is made easier by the fact that I didn't realize it was out until last week when someone read it for 50bookchallenge. 8-) But yeah, when I checked W.H. Smith for it, my UK vendor of choice since Watterson's became an Amazon shop (and I hate Amazon because they always manage to screw up my orders when it's important that they don't.), they had it in paperback. However, being the good and loyal American I am, I choose to believe we had it first, and you guys have all been taken in with bogus copies. 8-)

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