"Where'd everyone go?" Norm looked at me with sullen questioning. "Do I smell bad or something?"
What could I tell him that he had never figured out in the past? It was always the same. Whether I tried sympathetic apologetics or flat-out telling it like it is, he would always put it off on someone else. It was always the other guy--nothing that he ever did.
I would have gone too, but Norm and I had been friends since I could remember. He could drag me down even in my happiest times, but someone had to stand by him I reasoned. I tried to think of someone else to keep him company while I recharged myself with a happier crowd. I could think of no one who would be willing to accept this task.
"Everyone's looking out for themselves," Norm continued. "It upsets them when I put the truth out on the table for them."
Yeah and serve it with a side dish of scorn, I thought to myself. You lay out a feast and then puke on it. Then you expect them to eat it.
I was annoyed, but decided to give it another go at trying to salvage the evening.
"Let's go over to the Bull Pen and have a beer and shoot some pool."
Norm pondered the suggestion and then scowled, "I hate that place."
So, on the topic of lemons and lemonade, I'm saddened to see the Borders bookstore across the street from where I live going out of business. It was walking distance and the only bookstore in the town where I live. There are bookstores in the adjacent towns that are not all that far from me, but it was just kind of cool to have a big bookstore that I could walk to.
On the plus side, since the store closes it's doors for good this weekend, everything is marked down to 80 to 90%. Here is my haul on Friday:
Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood
E.L. Doctorow's World's Fair
Jody Hedlund's The Preacher's Bride
John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River
Lee Sandlin's Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
All for a grand total of $17.79 plus our outrageous 10.75% city sales tax of $1.91. Not too bad considering the nature of the books purchased.
Good-bye to another pretty good bookstore. Hello another empty storefront in a bad economy. At least I'll have some more books to read when I can't afford to leave the house anymore. Negativity is a nuisance, but you can always find some good in anything if you look at it the right way.
On Monday my topic will be Optimism.