No Better Time
Early January. Huge chunks of the country getting hammered with the white stuff, or otherwise shoveling out from under it. Even down here, in sunny Florida, we’ve had a chilly couple of nights, and I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but we’re not out of it yet. On top of that, the first of the year is barely in the rear-view, meaning it’s not too late to jump on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon.
So, what better time than now to do a little reading? You know, curling up with a good book in a cozy chair, the reading lamp over your shoulder, escaping into a preferably-warmer world of possibilities?
Personally, I don’t need a reading lamp any more, but I love to read, and spent nearly four months two years ago searching for the perfect recliner in which to do it. When time allows, I’ll relax for hours, escaping into a favorite author’s fantasy world, where anything is possible and the twists and turns make the time well spent.
Me? If I could still see, I’d be doing my best to keep the fire burning for paper books. But I’m old school. I’m sure plenty of you got Kindles or Nooks for Christmas. Maybe some of you prefer using your tablet, or like me, slip into a comfortable pair of headphones and go with an audiobook.
I used to leave my books sitting around, either on the couch where I’d been reading, or the chair, wherever. Now, I have an end table that’s my command center for escapism, with drawers specifically for cassettes, CDs and the digital cartridges my audiobook player uses. There’s even a compartment for me to store my headphones. And, my favorite recreational spot has plenty of space for a reading lamp, and of course, to put down my snacks and beverages.
What about you? If you’re like many of my friends up in New York, what’re you doing to pass the time while 20 inches of snow lays piled up outside? Who out there’s grabbing a blanket, saying to heck with the TV and the depressing weather reports, and putting your feet up with a good mystery or thriller? Anyone digging through some of your old paperbacks to find something to kill a couple of hours? An old Stephen King you picked up at a garage sale, perhaps? A paperback a friend gave you which you haven’t given back in three years?
This is it, gang. There’s no better time than now to invest in a little book action, and to make the commitment (since we all break our resolutions sooner or later), to put a couple hours aside to read a little bit. Last I heard, there’s no shortage of good books out there, and just about every town still has a used book store with all sorts of hidden gems just waiting for you. The classics. No, not Shakespeare or Melville, I’m talking Mickey Spillane. Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. Or maybe something that you’ve heard about for years, but never had time for. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Or The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré. Ian Fleming was still going strong, adding books like The Man With the Golden Gun to the James Bond series. Trust me, once you get inside one of these places, you’re gonna find something. Possibly a good handful of somethings. No harm in throwing them a buck or two, is there? Lot cheaper than a movie ticket, right?