|Thousands of people waiting to purchase paper-based bookware|
It's very possible, likely even, that a massive used book sale which could be bicycled to/from, with proper logistical execution, and which also sells bicycle-related books along with a few hundred thousand on other subjects, is not (or is, depending on your perspective ) the best place for a velobibliomaniac such as myself.
Next year, I'm thinking of doing an S24O to the VNSA book sale, since every year so far that I have contemplated riding my bike to it, I have balked at the thought of a) riding there in the middle of the night and b) transporting 30 or 40 books home on my bicycle. The S24O would solve (a) since I could ride there whenever I wanted to and just camp out with the other bibliomaniacs who already spend the night in order to get a good spot in line, and I feel that once (a) was out of the way, and buttressed by the care and support of the other bibliomaniacs camping on the cold, hard asphalt of the State Fairgrounds colossal parking lot, I could conquer (b).
|Inside view of bibliophiles in their element|
So I used up some of my 20 miles average of driving my car per month and took the motor vehicle. Another plus of the S24O bike-based transport plan: I wouldn't have to pay the $7 to park a motor vehicle in the colossal parking lot. Purchasing a cargo bike would, likely, erase that advantage, so I'll have to figure out how to do it with bags, racks, and backpack. Perhaps a trailer, a Burley Travoy for example...hey, that would be useful to haul books around inside the sale, too...hmmmm. But would also probably cost in excess of $7. Well, based on my calculated book savings today of $400+, compared to buying them new, I think I could justify at least the trailer for next year.
|The bike-related purchases|
|The non-bike purchases. Any sale that results in TWO Daniel Dennett books I haven't read is a success.|
My Beloved suggested that I forgo the sale and download "books" to the Nook instead. Just before she handed me her wish list on a piece of paper. It's logical that paper books are on the way out, but that's not logic that I am prepared to accept wholeheartedly.
|The signs seemed to have a positive effect (with odd, verse-like spacing)|
|Books! Books! Books! Veterans Coliseum in the background|
I picked up some collectible cookbooks for my mom, too. I figured I could bribe her into supporting the need for Operation Book Trailer S24O VNSA 2013 (OBTS24OVNSA13).Which sounds kinda crazy, but then that's the kinda crazy I am.
|Mom, the S24O bicycle camping trailer book sale scheme is a good idea, right?|