June 9th, 2005


Uh-Oh .. I've been TAGGED!

Well, I'm usually so anti-social and cranky that I miss getting tagged on these things, but littlejohnnyp passed this Book Meme thing on to me, and I feel somehow obligated ...

1. How many books do you own?
Wow ... I'd have to "guesstimate" ... in my office I have 11 full bookcases, and various others around the house, plus boxes of books both sitting out and in storage ... I'm coming up with a figure that's at least 2,000 but could easily be well over 3,000!

2. What is the latest book you bought?
Hmmm ... as I've noted here previously, I went through a long dry spell when I read nothing but manuscripts for the publishing biz, and have a huge backlog of unread stuff (I kept buying books, even though I wasn't getting around to reading them!) going back about 10 years at this point. I know I bought something fairly recently ... what was that? Ah ... that's right ... I got Bible Code II: The Countdown at the dollar store a month or two back!

3. What is the last book you read?
That would be John Bierhorst's The Mythology of South America, which is the second book in his "Gods and Heroes in the New World" triology, the last of which, The Mythology of Mexico and Central America I'm still in the middle of.

4. Which 5 books mean a lot to you?
This is going to be hard to pick ... how do you single out five books out of thousands? The list is also likely to change day-to-day, given my mood. Hmmm ... maybe making it "five books without which I wouldn't be who I am today" would be an easier task!
          4-a:   Wizard of the Four Winds by Douglas Sharon
          This is a book about my "root" Shamanic teacher, the late Don Eduardo Caledron.
          4-b:   EXIT by Robert DeGrimston
          I started my "training" with The Process, and this was one of their seminal books.
          4-c:   A New Model of the Universe by P.D. Ouspensky
          Of the "Fourth Way" material I've found Ouspensky more absorbable than Gurdjieff, but I picked this title more for the genre as a whole.
          4-d:   Magick In Theory And Practice by Aleister Crowley
          Again, perhaps other of A.C.'s books might have had more impact, but this was my intro to his path.
          4-e:   The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadeth by H.P. Lovecraft
          But one story in a collection of his, this haunted me through my early teens, no doubt deeply twisting my world!

5. Can you tag 5 more victims--er, interested bloggers?
Ah, this might be as hard as finding five books ... but for different reasons! (I will try to avoid folks that I think may have already been tagged)

Well, there you have it .. I wonder if any of the tagees here will take up the baton (or even read this posting).

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Yikes ...

Gee, I guess that I didn't need to have worried about getting too many of these card auctions ... I was just winning on 4 of 6 that were closing this evening, with only six minutes left to go. The two that I was not winning on were showing up just over my high bids, and I figured, fine, let 'em go, I got these others.

So, I go off and do something in another window, then pull up by eBay screen again. HUH? I did end up winning one of the six cards, but there was a flurry of bidding in the last minute or so. It looks like there were a good half-dozen people hanging on these auctions, as the same group came in and ran these up fast, with some of the cards going for EIGHT TIMES my max bid! As it ended up, three of the six cards went for WAY more that I would have bid, two went for bids that had I been "live" I might have tried to counter, and one that I won for a penny under my "placeholder" bid (as opposed to a penny which is what four of the cards were "going for" six minutes to close!).

I am amused, though, that there we so many folks "hovering" on the same auctions. While not every one of them bid on each card, there was a mix of about a half-dozen bidders who all swooped in within that last minute or so. I can imagine their confusion as the other bids stacked up (as many as 7 bids) and not only did they not win the cards for minimal bids, but the cards ended up going for a substantial chunk of "retail"!

As much as I, too, prefer to hold off on bidding until the last moment most of the time, I was so frustrated by ending up AFK when these closed (see a bitchy post a week or so back) that I've taken to putting in "placeholder" bids just in case I can't be there ... that way if I'm the only bidder, hey, I get it for a penny, and I still have room to counter versus what I'd have put in for a starting bid "live".

Yes, I know, as always ... "like you care!"

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By the way ...

If you've been seeing egregious typos in my posts of late, it's because of the move to the new computer ... not only is the new keyboard "stiffer" than the old one (and "misses letters") but the current monitor is smaller for a similar resolution, and Semagic's editing screen (which I'm also not used to) has itsy tiny type.

Add to this my needing new glasses, and you have a lot of words that are probably not how they ought to be! It will help to swap monitors, but I just haven't been up to the "heavy lifting" the past few days. Just wanted to let folks know that my editing didn't suddenly go to hell!

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