Start of the Semester

Classes have begun and school is off to a busy start. I’m still trying to get a couple books from half.com and other avenues to avoid the insane markups at the “Barnes & Nobel at BU” bookstore. They list used prices but I’ve never seen a used book in there. Some of the books are as much as $30 more than on amazon.com etc.
I moved into a really small room yesterday too. This rearranging makes life a little bit interesting, but it also takes away time that I don’t have. Another annoyance.

2 thoughts on “Start of the Semester”

  1. Nobel Peace Prize committee opens bookstore on BU?
    -“Barnes & Nobel at BU bookstore”
    I love the fact that the educated youth of today are still illiterate! I remember growing up having to keep a dictionary on my desk because everytime I asked my father (a Rhodes Scholar) how to spell something he would tell me “Look it up, how are you going to learn anything if you don’t look it up?”. I’ll shorten the search for your proofreading skills (because MSWord can’t catch the grammatically correct versions of words) from Dictionary.com;
    1 entry found for nobel.
    No•bel P Pronunciation Key (n -b l ), Alfred Bernhard. 1833-1896.
    Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite (1866) and bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=nobel&r=67
    Since you asked, the used books advertised online normally at Barnes & Noble are from all of the Barnes & Noble Community of sellers. Used books sitting in a local bookstore, or from a person such as yourself who advertises that they have a book they no longer need become part of “the collective” community. Amazon.com is one such associate and buying used items is like getting an auction item from Yahoo or E-bay, ironically Half.com is part of E-Bay associates. Given the different relationships of these book sellers, I find it much easier to hunt down a used book these days then my college days of the early 90’s, when all I had was either the on/off campus bookstore or a local pawn shop!
    As far as small rooms, in all my active duty time the smallest personal space was my bed (except for when we had to “hot bunk”-a system in
    which groups of three men share two bunks and sleep in shifts) and a footlocker, by comparison the 650 sq. foot apartment I now rent for reduced rent of $666 a month is a mansion,(My bed has grown to a Calif. King platform from a twin bunk)either but it has no storage space for the little things like groceries!
    Ironically enough, the day you wrote this blog, I was in a “Hot bunk” scenario because we were still standing up 24 air coverage for the anniversary of Sept 11 coming up in a few days. Only difference is it was 2 airman to a bunk split into 2-12 hour shifts so the bed had a little time to cool off between shifts.
    “Classes have begun and school is off to a busy start. I’m still trying to get a couple books from half.com and other avenues to avoid the insane markups at the “Barnes & Nobel at BU” bookstore. They list used prices but I’ve never seen a used book in there. Some of the books are as much as $30 more than on amazon.com etc.
    I moved into a really small room yesterday too. This rearranging makes life a little bit interesting, but it also takes away time that I don’t have. Another annoyance.”

  2. Whoa there – I hardly think that incorrectly spelling the name of a retail store makes me illiterate.
    Sorry to hear about your unpleasant “hot bunk” situation.
    I agree that online booksellers enable us to find better deals on used books. I was referring to the used price listed at the actual Barnes & Noble store. I don’t understand why it’s ironic that eBay owns half.com though.

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