One Good Thing From the Closing of My Borders

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Spent this morning taking Mom to her eye specialist (no, they can't do anything to alleviate her failing sight) then stayed to have lunch with her (because who can resist retirement center chicken Cobb salad).

On my way home I stopped by what remains of my Borders Book Store. It has been so nice having a large bookstore so close. But no more. It's very sad to me because despite loving my iPhone and my DVR, I'm not comfortable with switching to an e-reader. I'm sure I'll cave sometime in the future but I'm going to go kicking and screaming. I have always loved books. So I will miss browsing in my bookstore.

The store's last day is Saturday. Considering inventory that's left I think that might be overly optomistic. Especially since folks that have purchased fixtures are already there weilding their rechargable drills like lightsabers dismantling all the shelving. Heaven help you if you happen to get in their way while you're perusing the remaining merchandise.

I didn't really expect to find anything. It was more of a 'good-bye' visit knowing I'd regret it later if I didn't stop in one more time. But I found a copy of 'Joel Harper's Firming after 50' DVD. Discounted 75% plus an additional 15% off my "entire purchase" it came to $3.18.

Okay, I'm going to be the first to admit this isn't made for the hard core fitness buff. I was able to do most of the "advanced" and I'm a wimp. But considering I havent done much other than walking for quite awhile, it felt good. And how adorable is it that his mother is his assistant that shows how to do the "beginning" level. Although, she's much nicer than me. About the third time my son told me to remember to keep my elbows up, I'm pretty sure I'd tell him where he was about to find my elbow. But maybe that's just me.

Mr Harper works with Drs. Oz and Roizen and did the workout DVD for "You on a Diet". If his workouts are good enough for Dr Oz, they're sure good enough for me.
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    One of our local Borders had a huge section of Hawaiian books & music, & brought Hawaiian performers into the store for a free performance whenever they were touring here. Exactly what a bookstore should be doing & in consequence, it was the only chain bookstore I would shop at. I'll miss it terribly.
    3335 days ago
  • LARK2144
    I am sorry that Borders is going under. I love bookstores.
    But I also love my Kindle e-reader, which is ironic because I hate reading on other computers. I love it because I never lose my page, I don't even have to hold the book- much less hold it open, and I can share any book I buy with any friend who has a kindle, for free. I lend it, the friend accepts it and then they have access for a few weeks. I always get my book back!

    I am glad you found a prize. So how was that Chicken Cobb Salad? emoticon
    3337 days ago
    Ours are long gone. I love books but only afford libraries (and their discount sale books). Sorry to hear about your mom. Hope she maintains her independence a long time.
    3338 days ago
    Love your blogs!

    It's sad seeing bookstores close. We have a small, privately owned bookstore in our town and I buy books for my boys there regularly. But I don't buy my books there anymore because last year I got a Kindle for my birthday and I love it. I could never go back to reading paper again!

    I also used to share my books, in fact in my lodge/store downstairs you will find tons of my old books that our guests can read. The best thing about an e-reader is not having all those books laying around taking up space. The worst thing about them is being unable to share with someone else. With the Kindle you can share within your family group though. That helps a little since my spouse and I like lots of the same things.
    3338 days ago
  • NINNY165
    I can relate to you dealing with your mom's failing vision as my mom is legally blind. some days her vision is better than others. It is hard to see her independence change,but she still does a lot of things for herself, except drive. This is the most difficult. My borders closed this summer in Northern Indiana. It was bitter sweet. We still have a Barnes & Nobles at our mall. Have a healthy, joyful day!! emoticon
    3338 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Definitely agree...nothing like a book in my hands! I just do not want an e-book! How do I share a good book w/ a friend?
    Amazon is a friendly site to purchase from. And a number of others. Sorry that your book source is "gone". -- Do you know if they will maintain an online presence?

    I also started looking for fitness books for "after 50" to see what benchmarks I should be maintaining! -- Glad you were able to do most of what you found in that book!
    3338 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2011 2:35:42 AM
    It is really sad that all our bookstores are closing. Myself, I'm a huge used book store fan, I am really into recycling... so reading someone else's book makes my day complete! I wonder about other people who have read this book & how they liked it and how they were reading it at the same spot that I am reading it at.

    I know, probably weird. I love to collect series of books & look at garage sales & used book stores & thrift stores with my list at all times! I know to keep the industry going we should buy new books, but sometimes I just don't have the money to do that all the time.

    I've resisted the "electronic" book also, but may end up buckling under.

    Sorry that nothing can be done for your Mom. I've been dealing with aging parents, so I know what you are going through, just different problems. Yummy on the cobb salad emoticon Nice to spend some time with your Mom.

    I may end up losing weight because of having to bring my parents their meals every evening! LOL

    thanks for sharing!
    3338 days ago
    Great Blog! I too love real books.
    3338 days ago
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    As always, your writings are most enjoyable! Love ya, Sherry!
    3338 days ago
    I'm with you; there's nothing like getting "lost" in a bookstore! I will surely miss Borders when I go to the mall. Any idea if the Borders in the airports are closing too? I usually stop in when I'm travelling, just to browse.
    3338 days ago
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