October 19th, 2007

Reading

A closing book fair musing; solicitation to donate hardcover Harry Potter books to school libraries.

One thing I don't like: book fair items are sold at cover price unless otherwise marked down, so the value of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is $35 from the percentage of sales we are allowed to pull in product for the school. Our local elementary school has 500 students and one copy of that title in their library.

So, reader participation time: if you have a hardcover copy of any of the Harry Potter books sitting around that you wouldn't mind parting with, call a local school and ask if their library wants it. Odds are you'll get a very friendly reception. Our local school's library could use a few extra copies of Chamber of Secrets, Half-Blood Prince (we donated one a few years ago) and Deathly Hallows if you'd like to pass them along to a school I'm involved with. As usual, I do offer my skilled services in thanks for your donation.

(Next week is book fair at the school Laurel attends but I'm not as involved with their PTA, so I won't write much about it.)
Rosehip hunting in Alderfer

The Rockies are going to the World Series? What sign of the apocalypse is next?

My brother-in-law called earlier today to ask me if I'd mind hopping on the Rockies' website to buy World Series tickets for him on Monday morning. While he was waxing ecstatic about the team's success this year, I took the opportunity to mention that the Rockies' home PA announcer was a class behind me at D'Evelyn. He asked if I could get super ticket deals because of that. I bet Reed wouldn't remember me since the only classes we had together were CU Succeed classes my senior year.

So when did the Rockies stop sucking? I don't think the D'Evelyn eau de success rubs off that hard. (If so, stand closer. I can't get the smell off me.) Did they stop trading away all their new talent? Did they get an even number of Mexicans and Dominicans to shake things up?