Wednesday, April 6, 2011

kris' bookstore confessions

Tracy is letting me make a flying visit to DIK to try and crack on to as many of the menz as possible within a short period of time wiggle my toes in the sand a bit so I thought I'd take the opportunity to make you aware about my latest discovery about bookstores.

You're welcome.


While it is true I am in the Top 10 Bookstore Nazis of all time, they are, as much as it might seem hard to believe, one of my favouritest places in the world.

They also appear to be a temporary cure for my wee obsession with cleanliness.

I kid you not.

The proof:

BTW, this is not me, but he's hella cute.

I can't tell you how many times I've ended up sitting on the floor of a bookstore to go through shelves or to start flipping through a book/s.

Do I care about when the last time the floor might have been cleaned or vacuumed?  Do I care I might end up scratching for the next two days because I'm allergic to the cheap-as-shit carpet?  Do I care about the fact I could be sitting in the exact same place where someone tracked in dog poo? Do I even care that the dog itself might have come in and sat down thus sharing it's fleas with the world?

No!

It's a miracle!  OCD cured!

Or it could just be my OCD is so focused on fixing up the categorising and shelving of the books  that it doesn't notice anything as disgusting as dirt, germs and dust mites.

Gross.

So, are you a bookstore-floor-sitter-downer?  Or are you way too fastidious for that?  Maybe you bring your own sterile cushion because you know you won't be able to resist the beckoning floor?

Now there's a thought...

14 comments:

Tracy said...

You're welcome.


OMG that bookstore name! LOLOL

I don't "normally" sit down on bookstore floors but I have in the past a time or two. Nope, I didn't care either that the floor was probably completely germ-ridden.

You'd go nutso in the Borders by my house. It's closing by the end of the month and NOTHING is categorized or in Alpha order. It drove me crazy and I don't suffer from OCD!

Thanks for stepping in. :)

Tam said...

I generally try to find a window ledge, chair, or ventilation thingy to sit on, but barring that, my ass is parked on the floor. It's just a little dirt, won't kill me. Probably. I hope. :-) I really wish we had a nice bookstore here with books I'd LIKE to look at. Not an m/m romance or usually even a gay lit book to be found. Sigh.

Eyre said...

I'm a confirmed bookstore floor-sitter. Of course, my OCD doesn't extend to extremely cleanliness. Mine is just plain nuttiness. :)

Kris said...

Tracy: I will have nightmares tonight about your Borders.

Thank you.

Again.


Tam: "It's just a little dirt, won't kill me. Probably. I hope. :-)"

Hope's a good thing. One hopes that it would just be dirt on the floor of an erotic bookstore.

Gross.

Again.


Eyre: "Of course, my OCD doesn't extend to extremely cleanliness. Mine is just plain nuttiness. :)"

LOL. I'm that too. I have an OCD gamut. ;)

Chris said...

Kris: Does it help to know that ALL the Borders in the US are probably like that right now? You're welcome.

I freely sit on the floor, even in the slightly scary Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's.

Juni said...

Knew this had to be you by the photo, before I'd even seen the byline.

I solve this problem by mostly going to bookstores with coffee shops. What do you think about cookie crumbs on your pages?

Kaetrin said...

I'll sit on the floor if I have to - but I much prefer the bookstores that have seats - it's not a cleanliness thing so much as that my legs don't do the pretzel thing anymore - maybe I need to take up yoga?

Kris said...

Chris: Bitch.


Juni: Familiarity breeds contempt, blah, blah. :P

Cookie crumbs? Exactly what kind of cookie crumbs? *waggles eyebrows*


Kaetrin: "... it's not a cleanliness thing so much as that my legs don't do the pretzel thing anymore..."

Well, I never actually said I could get back up so...

K. Z. Snow said...

Floor sitting? NO problem. I used to haunt used-book shops. Checked all my pride at the door. Harold's in St. Paul -- oh, man. Two floors' worth of dim, dusty, narrow aisles and shelves groaning under the weight of countless lovely old volumes. I would've hung from the light fixtures if I'd had to!

orannia said...

On my first trip to the US I was in shock over the size of the stores. I was allowed into a bookstore *swoon* and bought a fantasy series. Then I was dragged away from the bookstore and into this HUGE Target...so I sat or leaned wherever we were in the store and read. And there is a photo of me doing just that.

I haven't been in a bookstore in ages...and I was in the library today, but it was in and out. Because if I deviate at all. Well, let's just say I don't move very far as I browse and browse and browse over a very small area :)

orannia said...

Oh, but I am know for tidying the shelves at the library. I did work in one while at school, so perhaps that is why :) Who am I kidding!

Kris said...

KZ: Have you ever read Sir Terry? He has a recurring character called 'The Librarian', who was a wizard but is now an orangutan and is the librarian of the magical books at the Unseen University. Your comment about swinging from the light fixtures reminded me of the scenes where he swings around the library 'ooking'. :)


Orannia: "Well, let's just say I don't move very far as I browse and browse and browse over a very small area :)"

I've done this more times than I can count in both libraries and bookstores. I'm thinking of investing in one of those cane or walker thinks that have a seat. It would be so cool...

Jenre said...

I can safely say I have never sat on the floor of a shop. No, not even a book shop. They provide chairs to sit on so why sit on the floor? :P

Kris said...

Jen: Because you have to keep on getting up and down whenever a new book catches your eye so it's better to stay close to the source (ie the shelves)?? Geez, Jen. And you call yourself a bibliophile.

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