Good Morning, Wesleyan University! We’re all set up with our book fair at the Usdan Student Center, and I hope you’ll stop over for a browse. We just culled our fiction, so I have a more refined selection today, and we have an exceptional box of art and architecture that I hand-picked last night.
Another early start today with a lot of ground to cover. I’d be starting in Hampton and making my way over to Richmond. Even though it was sunny and deliciously warm (53 at seven AM. Can’t argue with that.) Beatrix gave out a distinctly whiny groan when I pressed her power button. It may be that she’s already almost due for another oil change, but I prefer to think she’s becoming sentient and will soon learn to talk instead of just creaking at me.
The morning started off with lots of sun but the rain wouldn’t listen to my protests forever. “But they’re books.” I told the threatening grey forces building up over the water, “They get ruined if they get wet!” Maybe those clouds had a memo I had missed because when the books started looking like this:
at all the scouting places I had scheduled, I decided today was less about book buying and dodging raindrops and more about exploring the more rural side of VA. (B was overdue for a bath anyway.)
I love visiting urban areas and admiring how tall we can build things these days, but open spaces with green growing things will always be where I feel most at home. However, even though I’m pretty familiar with fields and farms, there were some sights which puzzled me.
Oceans are pretty self explanatory:
But what lies within these puffy sacks that comes in quantities of 56 and 14?:
Who is the giant field sushi for?:
And what is missing from every landscape?:
When I realized the answer to that last question I used my extremely sophisticated photoshop skills to fix it. As you can see:
Tomorrow I’m making my way closer to the DC area. Before I left I asked someone who travels a lot what the best time of day is to drive through there. I had already packed and gone by the time they finished laughing.
TTFN friends! Megan Oakes
The most frequently asked question at Roundabout Books has to be, “Hey guys, what’s the used book market like in Virginia and Pennsylvania?”
Well! Soon we will finally be able to answer with more than an exaggerated shrug and noncommittal grumble. Beatrix the Book-Prius and I have ventured into the great unknown so that you don’t have to! We’re on an extended scouting trip all this week, ending with a book sale at UPenn this Friday the 21st. I’ll be updating a blog for anyone interested in keeping up with our latest venture. (Unfortunately for the duration I will keep referring to my car as if she’s a person. When you’ve been driving for anything over two hours by yourself, a car either becomes your companion, or your worst enemy.)
The quest began this morning, bright and early, in a little town called Northfield in a distant land called Massachusetts. Frosty, bleak, and all around grey, it wasn’t hard to toss the suitcase in what space was left in my trunk and hit the road. Sundays are great for travel. Beside two crows comfortably sharing a skunksicle in the breakdown lane there was hardly anyone else out. A quiet start was just what I hoped for.
For me this trip isn’t just exciting because I may find new sources for books. The truth is I haven’t really traveled very far from the valley I was born in for any length of time. I accelerated down the highway and watched the familiar mountains shrink in my mirrors. At the last minute I wondered if I couldn’t just pluck them up and take them with me for company. But beside the obvious geological (or just regular logical) damage that would cause I want to travel inconspicuously, so I left them where they were.
Hours started breezing by like street signs. Massachusetts turned into Connecticut, Connecticut into New Jersey. I drove through New York, brushed the skirts of Baltimore and caught just a glimpse of DC. In total the trip took twelve hours and I loved every minute of it. What must be humdrum to so many people had me in perpetual awe. The giant airplane that looks like it’s going to land on the highway is actually headed to the massive airport, which is sitting just next to some very tall, very nervous looking, high tension wires, which have a metal tower with flames shooting out the top at their center (How cool is that?).
How people know to navigate the entrances and exits to highways, twisting around each other like concrete shoelaces over my head is… Well… Over my head. Sprawling malls and bridges and ships, splendid rest-stops and abandoned brick factories, all familiar to many but so alien to me. This must be how travelers feel back home when they pass a field with different breeds of cattle grazing. Or see a llama guarding some horses. Or notice the wicked number of Dunkin’ Donuts.
As entertaining as the trip was, it felt good to park Beatrix and be welcomed into a house where the things outside the window are mostly stationary. Raymond’s people have kindly put me up for the first leg of my trip. I was so grateful to have friendly faces at the end of the day. Tomorrow will be my first scouting day and I have high hopes. I’ll be sure to share any interesting finds on here but at the moment this bed looks almost as good as the inside of my eyelids. TTFN friends! Megan Oakes
Thanksgiving is so close you can almost taste it. Stop by to browse our huge cookbook section to get yourself inspired for the celebration!
We’re visiting Hampshire College today! Come visit at the dining hall!
We’re already only a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving. Grab a kid or your favorite seasonal pumpkin themed drink and stop in for a browse! (Our cookbooks are a great place to start planning your big meal)
Loading and unloading for a college book fair isn’t so hard if you have the right help.
Pretty sure I just saw Piglet breeze past my window. Made me think catching up on his other adventures may be a great way to spend this blustery day!
Not too late to come enjoy our Halloween sale! We’re open until 8!
OoooOOooo! We just put out a spooky cool display of our Halloween children’s books. All sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and children’s books are 25% off now through Halloween night!
We’ll be at the shop until 8 tonight, and open late for Halloween trick-or-treating, tomorrow, too.