Sunday, October 11, 2009

Do You Remember?

Do you remember Bookcrossing?
It seems like years ago when I first heard.
Here was a place where you registered a book and
then sent it adrift, out into to the world looking for a new home.

Did you ever find one?

Guess what? I found one. It was sent to me by a friend in California -- another mystery lover. It started its voyage around the world first in Seoul, South Korea. I went to Book Crossing to see where this book had been and only the original releasor and I had made any comments about the book. I wonder where it's been? The book, you ask? The Thai Amulet: An Archaeological Mystery by Lyn Hamilton.

One other thing. Book Cross was added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004 as a noun with the definition: n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.


Is it something about getting older? Turning 60? You begin to fall apart? I'm very good about getting yearly exams. I saw the ophthalmologist to have my pressure check. Glaucoma runs in the family and my pressure runs high normal so I'm living on the edge. This visit -- I'm developing cataracts in both eyes, but (says the doc) no worries -- it will be years before they bother me (then why tell me?) !!!!! Oh, and I need to get new glasses. There's a reason I've been complaining to Mr. Dragon about not being able to see with glasses on! Off to the dermatologist. I'm very fair. This year he decides (after 10 years talking about it) that my rosacea should be treated. I guess it bothered the doc! We won't talk about what the little tube of goop cost. Then off to the internist who is very dismayed at my continuing battle with sciatica. He calls me a minimalist ... a person who doesn't like taking medication. So convincing me to try this new drug that may help with the nerve pain wasn't an easy chore for him. It is a drug that was first developed to help with the pain of shingles, found to help people with epilepsy and folks with diabetic neuropathy (how's that for a lot of medical jargon). I got the prescription filled. Got the drug home and started reading how to take it (you work up to full dose) and the possible side-effects. (I'm good at side effects!) Now, I have to talk myself into giving it a try! Perhaps the sciatica is the better choice? As you can tell, I'm still deciding! Meanwhile, I hope all of you are taking care of yourself -- having your annual exams. Don't forget your mammograms, ladies! (Mine is due in February ... my valentine present to myself!)


Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I'd leave you with a little wisdom from one of my favorite characters, Maxine. This was in an email sent to me. Enjoy!

Joy to You!
Hope your week gets off to a good start.


Sharon said...

Hey Snap! I love book crossings. I found a book years ago, read it , then sent it off into the wild and have been tracking it . I even get alerts when there a re books in my area. Fun to do. Sharon

Janet said...

I didn't know about Bookcrossing! What a fun idea.

As for medicine, I'm the world's worst! I don't take anything! Those commercials on tv listing all the side effects of the medicines, are just downright scary!

Barbara said...

My DH had surgery on both eyes for cattaracts in his 40's (sun damage, we think!) but seriously, he has maddeningly perfect vision now and had no problems at all from the surgery. So don't worry if you have to have it. They've perfected it!
Hugs, B

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

You know, I don't remember anything about book crossing. Never even heard of it but I love the concept. As for that pesky aging process, it will be what it will be. That reminds me of what my father in law used to say, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Good for you taking caring of business. I firmly believe our mental attitudes age us more than anything.

Anonymous said...

I love the book crossing idea - had never heard it called that, but have seen several people recently sending books out into the world in that way.

I struggle with medications too - hate taking anything (even vitamins). I worry about all the side effects, but more than that I sort of fear that drug companies are running the show these days - doctors never even discuss holistic ways to heal ourselves, they just prescribe.

Take care Snap!!

sherry ♥ lee said...

I first heard about Book Crossing from my best friend in Belfast..her son was participating. How wonderful that a book meant for you has finally "found" you!!! It renews my faith in the people of this world!!

I had to smile at your description of 60 and the "wheels falling off"!! :) Not one for medication? A true sister of mine...I will cope with anything before I just start swallowing pills..when they are truly needed I'm there..if I'm not suffering then I'm not sure I want to. Side effects might or might not happen...the best you can do is try this for the sciatica (I have that very mildly) and if it helps and there are no s/e's great...but as one who has worked in the field you have first hand knowledge about how to treat your body, right???

I loved the chuckle...that Maxine is a corker (a favourite word of my father's side of the family--their Yorkshire roots at work!).

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I've never heard of the book crossings but what a wonderful concept...would love to leave one and see where it goes. How does one track that info?
As far as aging, happens and that's about all I'll say. I'm not a medicine person nor do I do well with doctors. When it's broke, I try to fix it. So far, so good. Looking forward to 70 here & I think I might just be gaining on Maxine!

nonizamboni said...

I have only found two--one at the Metra train station in Chicago and another Margaret Atwood book at the local Caribou coffee. Lucky you!
And I loved reading about your, umm, minimalist tendancies. Are we twins separated at birth?!!
Happy Monday!

Barb said...

HI Snap,
I'm fascinated by this idea of Book Crossing! I've never even heard of the concept.
Also, I think maybe the older I get, the more minimalist I become when it comes to Meds. I get a yearly check-up and eye test, but try to stay off drugs. The side effects do sometimes seem worse than the problem you're trying to treat!

SandyCarlson said...

I will look into this. It sounds interesting.

Margo said...

Love the cartoon. I left a few books at airports a while back - I always wonder what happened!