You know that old saw that goes, “If you don’t like the weather in [X], just wait a few minutes”?

Yeah, it’s like that here in spring. Yesterday the temperature crashed and it rained off and on all day, so my fingers tingled even through work gloves and except for necessary chicken chores I barely left the cabin dawn to dusk. Happy I got the firewood put away; that stuff represents many hours’ labor cutting up nearly irreplaceable pallets. It shouldn’t be left on the ground, or in the rain. So I could stand at the window and congratulate myself on overcoming the normal urgings of my procrastination gene, if nothing else. But I was still stuck indoors.

seussHated that when I was a kid, and more easily bored. Now I’m not quite so easily bored, but that’ll do it.

A friend asked me one time, in some discussion involving my rather circumscribed life in my stomping ground of roughly four square miles, usually not seeing another person for a week at a time and frequently not for periods substantially longer than that, if I ever got bored.

I think I said no, but of course that would have been a lie. Everybody gets bored with what they’re doing sometimes, but I don’t usually sit and brood on it. I just get up and go do something else. There’s always something that can be done, and I can go out and do it whenever I feel like it.

Except on rainy days. Then there’s nothing rational to do except sit inside. And we do not like it. Not one little bit.

So I turn to my little shelf of solace…

And as you can see it’s rather small and contains quite a few (necessary! since I don’t really know how to do anything) reference books, so books I haven’t read a hundred times before are a blessing beyond price. I’d be Kindle’s biggest fan, if I have the bandwidth.

That’s why I was so happy Big Brother sent me those three Michener books and I really did make it through one of them, a couple of weeks ago. But Hawaii finally defeated me. There are things more boring than sitting at a window on a rainy day, and it turns out early Michener is high on the list of those things.

I went for some Correia, which is always great rainy day reading, but then my eye was caught by a dusty slim volume I hadn’t taken down in quite a while. My one-and-only ‘graphic novel,’ other than the copy of Probability Broach I bought just to be supportive when Big Head Press was kicking off…

V For Vendetta!
The art is arguable; I can’t always tell the characters apart. But the story grabs me even after all these years. It’s ‘way better than the movie. And it took me all the way through the wet afternoon, with a break for cold soggy chicken chores.

Today promises to be brighter, drier and even a bit warmer, so I hope to spend it in more profitable ways. But still; it’s good to have my little shelf of solace with me for a rainy day. :)

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5 Responses to You know that old saw that goes, “If you don’t like the weather in [X], just wait a few minutes”?

  1. MJR says:

    I thought I was going to be stuck indoors today too. When I got up I looked at my weather app and it said it was raining. Meanwhile I looked outside and it was a sun/cloud mix and dry as a bone. Ah weathertainers… too wrong to be believed and too right to ignore.

    You just reminded me, I have to get the stuff onto a micro sd card and in the mail to you. My bad. I promise it will be in the post tomorrow.

  2. On the subject of E readers…I prefer my Nook Simple Touch to a Kindle…and I have both. The size and shape of the Nook is nearly perfect, and I doesn’t pretend to be anything but a reader…no web browsing, no light, just a slim little screen. It fits perfectly in the thigh pocket of cargo pants or shorts. The battery lasts for a VERY long time, charges quickly, and you can swap mSD flash chips in and out with ease. The batteries themselves are cheap and dirt simple to swap out when they eventually die. My wife has the glow version, with the lit screen, but I agree with Mr. Marx (the funny commie, not the pile the dead high one) that “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend, and inside of one, it is to dark to read.”

  3. You can also load it with pdfs and read those if you can’t find epubs. With project Gutenberg and a standard USB to micro USB cord, the world is your oyster. The epub and pdf files tend to be fairly small as well. The compressed epub of 1632 by Eric Flint from the Baen free library is 836 KB for example.

  4. You might like “The Source”, or “Centennial”. They are pretty good books.

  5. Robert Evans says:

    Give Nathan Lowell’s “Trader’s Tales From the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper” a try. They detail the life of Ishmael Wang, a young orphan who must make his way alone in the galaxy after an accident kills his mother. The first one is Quarter Share.

To the stake with the heretic!