What I Learned This Week: #138

 

This Week in the Bottom Shelf: One of my favorite ways to discover books is just to walk the aisles of the library. I get lost in book-ish reverie picking up books, judging them (probably too) harshly and putting them right back until I’ve chosen a small pile to take home and spend some time with. And every time, I always feel bad for the books on the bottom shelf . In other places like bars and groceries, the bottom shelf product equals crap. Not so with books. They just got a bad break via the alphabet/dewy decimal system. I’m always rooting for them to move up!

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Those poor books on the bottom shelf!

 

The Week in Grief, Grits, and Gettin’ Down: Last weekend the part-owner and founder of Boomtown Biscuits passed away unexpectedly. It was a real gut punch for the restaurant which closed down for a day and expressed their grief through social media. The restaurant sits one block from my apartment and I go there often. This week felt like I had to be there to make sure they were okay. They are okay.

I stuck with a small dinner of cheesy grits and greens with a couple biscuits. This is the kind of meal I call vegetarian-esque, because those little pieces of pork in the greens aren’t statistically significant.

Which brings me to the “gettin’ down” portion of my trip to Boomtown… I told the young bartender I was planning on seeing Van Morrison in concert in a couple weeks. Predictably, she didn’t know who Van Morrison was and there’s no shame in that given her age. But I knew she would know the song Brown Eyed Girl and I confidently sang a bit of it. I’m proud to say she recognized the song (or maybe she just said she did so I would stop). Either way, a great inter-generational music moment.

The Week in Brain Power: On Monday me and a friend arrived at Brew Dog just as their weekly trivia concert was starting. So we joined in. I’d never played bar trivia before, but my friend had, and, despite a lack of sports knowledge, we won 1st place and a $50 Brew Dog gift card. A few answers we missed / opportunities for improvement: David Cook, Richard Sherman, Los Angeles Dodgers, Bangladesh, sushi, 60 ft. and B&O. 

One of the questions was a four parter where four spaces on a monopoly board were whited out and we had to name what was in the square. Pretty cool question we got 2 of four.

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Trivia with a twist, ready to start round 1.

The Week in Skewing the Calendar: Around the corner from the TJ Maxx Valentine’s display is an entire aisle of Easter/Spring items. Before people start buying this stuff (because not everyone can project into the future), the selection is at its fullest and weirdest. So much weirdness!

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Happy Easter from the usual rag tag gang of knick knacks at TJ Maxx.

The Week in How to Get Along: At Kroger  waiting for my Mom to finish paying I took a seat on a bench next to an older gentleman. He turned 95 in December. I asked him what he was going to have for dinner tonight. He said he didn’t know because his wife did all the cooking. I asked if she was a good cook. Without hesitation he said, “eh, fair” and he started to chuckle. I told him his secret was safe with me! The two of us had quite a laugh. That’s a man who knows how to maintain a relationship!

 

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