Saturday, October 3, 2015

Post 3081 - Saturday


Slept in a lot today. And we spent much of the day watching episodes of season 3 of Ray Donovan. Just 2 to go.

On Friday afternoon we went to a thrift shop, a place where even well-to-do folks go to buy used clothes at good prices. It is also a good place to get used books and electronics. I have bought more than a few radios there over the years. I cannot overlook the number of used local history books I have bought there as well.

I did very well there on Friday, getting 5 more books for my burgeoning collection. I got Janice Landry's book about her dad and the lives he saved in the 1970's, and how those people are doing today. I got "volume one" of Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia, first published in 1977. I got yet another copy of Bluenose Ghosts, and remind me to read a damn copy of the book one of these years, eh? I found a book about the Halifax explosion that I had never heard of before. And I got a book about Halifax's downtown core by the (now) late Lou Collins.

Collins was an interesting cat: among other things he was credited for saving the historic properties area downtown, which led to the crap that is the Cogswell Exchange, the roads that go nowhere. Those roads, among other things, split the downtown from the North end, and caused streets like Gottingen and Agricola to go into a decades-long decline that is only reversing now. You win some. You lose some.

Collins wrote for the Southender magazine for years and years, until not long before his death. I always found his subjects interesting, but his writing style was so dense and stuffy and convoluted that it defied most of my attempts to read it. I am not sure why some editor didn't sit him down and tell him to use 30% fewer words, and to stop putting every other phrase in quotation marks, as if they were the wrong words to use, but he used them anyway hee hee hee.

I am glad I got all these books. If nothing else, Landry's book sold for 20 bucks when it came out in 2012, and I got it plus the other ones I listed for only about 16. I got a good deal.

I also got a book about the old pulp heroes of the 1930's and 1940's. Interesting stories about these old characters that almost make me want to read some of their stories. Almost.

I guess I will turn in. Busy day tomorrow. Busy doing... I'm not sure yet.

See you then, my friends.


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