Monday, July 12, 2010

a rant and a rave

Remember that game that we used to play growing up when adults were trying to kill time with us and didn't know what else to do? They called it telephone, where we all sat around in a circle and one person picked what to say and then started whispering it to the next person in the circle. The only rule was that you couldn't repeat the message more than once even if the person listening didn't understand. I have come to conclude that that game is teaching an important societal lesson to our youth: No matter what, when you are on the phone with someone with which you are trying to get something accomplished, what you intend to say and what they hear are never the same.


As matters may be, I have spent a lot of time today on the telephone for different reasons. I will spare you the details, for which you should thank me (I literally typed them all out to make myself feel better and decided no one would care). In every scenario, all three to be exact, my intended goal or message is not what ended up happening or being received by the always-so-kind person on the other end of the phone, and I generally hung up frustrated. In a fit of rage earlier this afternoon, I concluded that children should continue to play the game of telephone as they are growing up to learn a lesson that can only be taught with time; telephones are the worst. I am so glad that e-mail exists.

 Sorry for the rant.

In other matters, my boyfriend and I went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon, after I researched the nook versus the kindle this afternoon for much too long of a time. I concluded that if I was going to buy an eReader, it would probably be the nook. After looking at it and playing with it for a bit, I came to the unfortunate decision that I just didn't like it. I could still see the pixelation of the letters (possibly because I'm blind and have she-man strength contacts), and I also didn't like not being able to fan the pages of the book I was holding (obviously, who doesn't like to do that?). I was disappointed, because I really, really wanted to like it. Anywho, I did buy

two mini moleskin notebooks 

and the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stiegg Larson two days ago. I bought the mass market paperback, which was about 640 pages, and I read it in about 4 days. Getting past the first 150 pages was a bit difficult, but once it got going, it really got going. I would totally recommend it, and I will be looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

I'm starting some heavy traveling this Wednesday. Any other recommendations for books to take along on the plane and car rides? (I have The Help and Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society as well.)

2 comments:

Calley said...

I just got Girl With the Dragon Tattoo from the library last night. I loved both The Help and Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. So that doesn't really help you with your need for recommendations - sorry!

Blaes said...

Meghan, you have to read Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It's amazing, and it will be especially good for your travels. Let me know what you think. Oh, and I also have a blog: www.blaesgoinggreen.blogspot.com