LInk large, short sleeve.
I make no promises that bribes will work, in fact quite the opposite. But they are appreciated.
Jabberwocky books is hosting a special guest. Patrick is the leader of 40,000 or so Maasai living around a national park in Southern Kenya. Sue, the owner of Jabberwocky has visited him in Kenya through a charity she works with. She's agreed to host him for a presentation here.
This is from the email I got from Sue:
On Sunday, July 27th Patrick Papatiti, the vibrant young leader of the Maasai in Southern Kenya, will speak about the beauty of the traditional ways of the Maasai, and the struggle to preserve them in the face of the pressures of the modern world. This is a very special event and we hope you will be able to join us to hear Patrick's story.
Jabberwocky is located at 50 Water St Newburyport Ma 01950 in the Tannery.
A note to those coming from south of the area. The Parker River Bridge in Newbury is closed for construction. If you get directions that say you are to take rt 1a through Newbury you need to go around. You're better off taking Route 1 to the rotary going to the the right at where the courthouse is, going straight to the lights where it becomes a one way, turning right, and then turning left onto Federal street. The Tannery sits on the corner of the Federal and Water st.
I also ran into a neat pet treat store in Rowley that has everything from vegetarian and organic pet treats to some of the stuff you'll find in regular pet stores. I got Mother's dogs the charcoal biscuits. Ciao Bow Wow is at 317 Haverhill St Rowley Ma
Spoilers for Indiana Jones below the cut
Overall, Sunday was a good day and if any other writers groups in the area are interested in having me drop by for a couple hours my contact info is on my website.
Links greatly appreciated, but names will work.
Sometimes the human capacity for ignoring things amazes me. Usually it just disgusts me. Statistics have shown the number of men who never get married has steadily risen over the last half century. This means there are more and more men every year with no wife, mother, girlfriend or whoever to do their shopping for them. Studies have also shown the number of that more men are staying home and raising the family while the woman in the relationship works outside the house. And yet, the grocery stores haven’t really changed too much in the last two and half decades. Nor have the people making the cleaners and the laundry soap or the fixtures responded well. Most men want a cleaner to either not smell or smell like cleaner "Evergreen Forest Glade Heavenly Aroma" dish soap doesn’t appeal to most of the male gender too much. And given that on average men are a bit taller than women, having checkout counters where there are no impulse items at that higher level seems a bit foolish. The floor space is still costing the store the same amount, and wasting three or four feet of shelf space per checkout lane doesn't make dollars or sense.
Something else baffling is the fact that the book matrix hasn't really changed in these stores in nearly forever. There are bright kids books, the same mix of big name writers as every other supermarket and convenience store with a liberal mix of romance novels. But, despite the demographic shifts mentioned above, and the increased number of men who go shopping with their significant female other, the number of books aimed at men, has dropped. When a decade or two back I'd at least see the occasional western, or maybe a war or car themed non fiction book. Sometimes there would be the biography of a famous athlete or president and that's about it. I find it odd that there are less and less independent book stores, and more concentration of business niches that were formerly boutique focused into the larger stores, and yet the publishing industry has been slow to respond. Wal-Mart, whatever there other faults has proven it can sell music at a solid pace and is now the largest music retailer in the country. The book store section in the two or three Wal-Mart's I occasionally visit are no larger than they were when they opened, likewise for Target, Kmart, or any of the supermarket chains.
The question to me becomes, do writers, and editors really care who is selling the books that much? With one of the two largest chains in the country on shaky financial footing, and the steady drop in independent book stores, doesn’t it make sense to better penetrate the non traditional markets? Even if Target never amounts to more than five percent of Pyr or Roc's sales it would be one more market to put books in front of potential buyers. It would also be one more market to leverage Barnes and Noble and Borders into distribution deals that are more favorable to the publisher and writer. Maybe the younger generations of men and women who aren't reading as much could be tempted back into the light.
This unit is an Open Box Item, normal return policies do not apply. You can report any defects in the first 3 days of receiving the item, however we do not accept non-defective returns. Condition: This unit shit in the original retail box...
Usually its not for the humor.
Not entirely on topic, but a great real life example of why medieval armies (lions) and mercenaries (croc's) were careful of how far they pushed peasants (buffalo).
Enjoy, real content soon.
Tough Clothes http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/
Power Suits http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/
Hot air car? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/
Interstellar hotspot http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/
Whole lotta sweat http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/
That's just batty http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/
Don't be stupid http://madmikein08.com/stupid.html