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December 7, 2019

Seven Things: Buying less books & other things

'the beast's library'
01| I have decided to read ebooks only and maybe a few paper books now and then. I find I like my space to be a little more spare these days. So I got a Kindle Paperwhite. I brought it without the special offers which I thought is a total joke. Shouldn't a buyer be able to purchase something without advertisement without having to pay an extra 45 dollars? But I did brought it on sale so I sort of didn't have to pay for the advertisement but it's still stupid. If it wasn't on sale, I would still pay extra to have the advertisement remove because I know it would drive me mad to see it every time I turn it on. So far my new Kindle turns on so that's good but it seems so much smaller than I thought.

Apparently Kindle Paperwhite does not come in white which is weird. They come in black and a twilight blue which is kind of nice but I couldn't get that one as it wasn't available in the model without advertisement. I could have gotten a refurbished Kindle Paperwhite but you can't get one without the special offers. And it seems refurbished Kindles are one of those hit or miss thing. You either get a really good one or you will spend a lot of time trying to get a replacement. You really do not save much money and also, it's stupid that people are forced to buy something with advertisement. I cannot repeat this stupid issue enough.

02 | The other day, I went to the Manhattan New York Public Library and tried to renew my library card but I didn't succeed. You are supposed to renew your card every 3 years. They want you to renew your card so that they can make fun of how old you're getting. I'm just kidding. They should just make it every 10 years because I don't find myself going to the library often.

So I ask at the information desk where to go and she gave me a direction and a room number. That place is so huge and confusing that I don't even know where the actual books are located. And the security is almost a joke. When you enter, they don't search your bags but when you exit, they search you but when I was there, they just waved a hand, like they don't even want to bother. What they should have done is search bags when people enter because you don't know what people will bring into the library – I'm more worry about that than people stealing and it's a library and it's full of boring stuff, expensive, boring stuff I should say. But I guess they probably thought no one will bring harmful things into the library because everyone's calm and nice when they go to the library. Yeah, everyone becomes angels when they enter libraries.

Anyway, I went through hallways, stairways, more hallways, more stairways, more hallways and then to this certain room with the certain number. So I went up to the desk and make a request to renew my card. He the librarian sitting behind the desk said something about card and ID. I took out my library card and my ID card and this man holds up my library card looking like a emotionless robot and then in a drone voice (well, it sounded like it to me), "This is a Brooklyn card." And I said, "So I can't renew it?" He just stared at me like I should know better. He wasn't rude exactly but he certainly gave me the feeling that I was stupid (Yeah, I pay my taxes for this kind of treatment) and that I didn't know the obvious reason why that is a Brooklyn library card. Like everyone knows you have to renew your library card at the borough branch that you got your card in the first place. I had always renewed in a Brooklyn library so I didn't know. The NYPL website certainly said nothing about it and neither did the Brooklyn website. I really thought all the NYC libraries are on a connected system but nope. They're not that advance. All those expensive remodeling and rebuilding and they didn't make that possible. It's sad because I really don't wan to deal with people like him just to get a library card. I only went there because I was nearby as I had other things to do. I could have apply for a new card but I didn't want to deal with the robot librarian. And I was tired, hot (as they heated the place like a furnace) and I just didn't care anymore. So I left. Lesson learned but I was disappointed and maybe a little angry. I'll probably won't try to renew my card until later on or maybe until I can't afford to buy books anymore.

03 | I almost stepped on dog stuff several times walking the other day (you know what I mean, I refuse to dirty my blog using the p word or the s word). I don't know why the government bother with fines for people who does not pick up after their dogs because no one pay attention to it and I doubt there was anyone that had to pay a fine. Cleaning/picking up after your pet is not about kindness or about common curtesy or even saving shoes, it's about cleanliness. I mean, even if you don't live in that neighborhood, don't you know it will effect you some day? Like perhaps the water that touches that stuff gets into your pipes? Or that someone might step on that stuff and move it around from neighborhood to neighborhood? I now imagine that all dog owners who does not clean after their pets should have people walk into their house with dogs and have them do their business there. And I'm only complaining because this is a constant problem in my neighborhood. I'm not asking people to follow rules but can we be a little cleaner?

04 | I am going to finish writing April Gale but I don't think I'll be able to finish this year as I thought. But even when I'm finish with it, it still needs editing. I have posted the parts on this blog without much editing. For some odd reason, when it comes to editing anything I write, I become restless and unable to do more than a few paragraphs at a time. I don't know what it is but I suppose it is one of the challenges of writing that I have to get through.

05| I'll be closing up my society6 shop probably at the end of December. Technically, I would just unpublish/delete posts and that's that. (I won't delete my account yet.) I really see no reason to keep it up. I think when you have a shop, even a virtual one, you should have some new product now and then and since I have not been creating new art, I haven't been able to update. And I haven't been doing promoting or even promoting those sales event which seems a bit of joke because they have sales every other week. Honestly, I just can't deal with the promotion part.

06 | On a happier note, I don't owe anyone money, okay, maybe the credit card company but I'll probably keep owing them because I do have expenses. I don't use cash much these days. I think there was some study that says you spend more using credit cards than when you use cash and I totally agreed because you don't count how much money have you have left on a credit card verses when you have cash that you can physically count so you keep spending and you assume can afford to spend more. But as not every place takes credit cards so I still keep cash around.

07 | I don't want to be a minimalist but I really hate clutter. I now find myself choosing not to purchase unnecessary things. Some of the things I no longer purchase are: CDs (I purchase digital versions if I really like them); DVDs (I can rent most movies or subscribe to services for tv shows); clothes (only when I need a replacement); accessories like scarves, hats, shoes, handbags; jewelry (I was never into wearing them anyway so it's not a problem giving them up altogether); box tissue (I use handkerchieves and occasionally toilet paper if I'm desperate), blank notebooks, pens, pencils; gadgets like mp3 players, cameras (I don't trade them in for new ones anyway); those movies/tv shows/books tie-in products/merchandises; paper books (well, not as much as before, this is why I brought the Kindle); wigs (just kidding but if I didn't need hair to keep my head warm, I would probably shave my hair off and stop buying shampoo); seriously, I'm just trying to buy less of everything.

How is your December going?

10 comments:

  1. I am making some small steps to eliminating clutter. Tiny steps where strides are needed.
    I prefer the feel and scent of real books so I am resisting a Kindle. I suppose the time will come.
    It is not legal to let your dog foul the pavement here - which doesn't stop a lot of owners from ignoring it.
    There was a woman in our street who just let her dog out to do his business. She is a bit better after neighbours gathered up her dog's leavings on their lawn and deposited the plastic bags of evidence back at her place.

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    1. @Elephant's Child: Small steps are good. I'm also taking small steps to remove the clutter.

      I do also prefer paper books but I just have no room for them anymore. Plus, if I can renew my library card, I can borrow ebooks from the library.

      The neighbors had a good idea but I don't think people want to clean up other people's mess just to do that. I don't know. I wish such problems don't exist but they do.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. I've never seen an advertisement on my kindle which I bought just over eight years ago. I bought it because I travel on buses and it's much easier to carry a kindle with hundreds of books on it, than to carry two heavier real books because I'm almost finished one of them and need to have another to read during lunch break at work or on the way home. Also it was very handy and lightweight to read on the plane when I flew across the country to visit my brother six years ago. I currently have just over 200 books on it, but they are constantly changing as I delete the ones I've finished and put on a few new ones. I still read real books too, these days usually one kindle book, then a real one, then another kindle book and so on like that.
    I am also decluttering unnecessary things, but not giving away my books or dvds.

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    1. @River: You must have brought the version without advisement.

      200 books? I don't know if I'll ever reach that but you never know. It really is pretty convient to have lots of books on your kindle.

      I have no room for my books or dvds so I am forced to get rid of them but I think if you have the space, why not keep them?

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. My daughter is getting me a Kindle paper white for Xmas so I will see what it is all about.

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    1. @Christine: Sounds nice. Do you know you can borrow books from your library? I haven't actually try it yet as I have yet to get a working library card.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. I love, love, love paper books, the feel, the smell, and yes even the weight of them,. I do not own an electronic reading device, and I suspect that I never will.
    Plastic money is another thing I'm beginning to use less of than before. I was initially all for it, easy, safe always there. But then I realized just how much information the companies gan get from our transactions. Now I almos always use real money instead. I always buy only what's in the shopping list - no differnce whatever means of payment I use. This habit, learned in a youth and early adulthood with only just enough money to make ends meet, is a habit, I'm trying hard not to shake.
    Decluttering: I always think I'm going to do it. But it's just not my way of ticking. An ideal, but a too far away one ;)

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    1. Uglemor: I also still love paper backs and I do plan on keeping some of them but it's just not practical to me to keep books I'll never read again.

      If only I have had the habit of buying what's only on the shopping list but I have no such habit. I used to use cash all the time before I got a credit card and it really does help to curb my spending.

      I'm always thinking of decluttering too but somehow I only ever got to do half of what I thought to do. That's how it is. Sometimes your heart is just not into doing the actual task.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  5. Your library story was funny, but not really? I mean, it does sound stupid that libraries in the same city aren't connected somehow. Plus, I hate it when people look at you like you were an alien for not knowing something, and just assume you should. And it's part of their job to tell you things.

    Dogs' owners are the worst. I mean, certain dogs' owners - but there seems to be so many of them, judging from the dogs' waste we have to dodge while walking (yes, it happens in my tiny Italian town as well). I always wonder if those owners don't hate it when they almost step in dogs' stuff from others pets, and why it doesn't prevent them from dirtying the streets (or even the darned house/shop entrances!).

    I need to catch up on April Gale! I'm waiting for you to finish it LOL.

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    1. @Roberta: I just hate it when people patronize me. Perhaps they don't mean to do it but I just don't like to think about it.

      I think cleaning after a pet is a problem everywhere. Everyone has pets. It seems to be a fact.

      I'm thinking when I'm done with April Gale, I'll try to put all the parts together into a pdf so people can download and read on their phone or something if I can finish and I'll probably do a little editing as I know it needs a lot of editing.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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