1. Crazy in Love. I’m totally flattered that the folks over at Narrative.ly accepted one of my essays for publication. This week’s theme is Best Subway Stories. My piece has everything you could ask for in a subway story: love, intrigue, drama. Oh, also a pocket knife and a missing ear lobe. And it’s completely true! When you’re done here, please click through to the piece and let me know if you would have done differently.
Just as the doors closed a guy and his girl wandered into the car. Let’s see…how to accurately describe them. Disheveled? No, not messy enough. Slothful? No, not lethargic enough. Insolent? Not rude enough. Well, suffice it to say it was clear that they were only up that early in the morning because they had been up that late.
This essay is part of my e-book collection The Subway Chronicles: More Scenes from Life in New York available on Kindle worldwide.
Do you have any crazy public transit stories?
2. Drum roll, please. In case you missed it, last week was the Third Annual Great Books to Give…and Get. If you have some difficult-to-buy -for folks on your holiday list this year or if you want to send Santa a big old hint, there’s nothing better than a good book as a gift.
For the first time this year, there was a giveaway, too! One lucky commenter will win a book of his/her choice from the list. (Hey, this is exciting!)
First I tried to get Reggie to choose the winning name from a hat, but then he ate the pieces of paper, so that didn’t work out. I decided to get a little more official, this being the first giveaway and all. I entered each commenter’s name in RandomPicker.com.
And the winner is…our favorite coffee drinking, LL Bean wearing, baton twirling
Darla, I’ll have my people get in touch with your people.
3. Your bookshelf. Since we’re talking about books, I have to say that, despite my efforts to pare down over the years, my shelves are wedged tighter than a toothpick between two molars. My e-reader helps immensely with this problem, but many times I still want the physical book. Then I am loathe to get rid of any books I already have. Which is silly. I mean, am I really going to read that copy of The Canterbury Tales again, the one I haven’t touched since high school? How about the book I picked up because the reviews were good, but I couldn’t even finish it? What does this say about me? Furthermore, what do my shelves say about me?
They do say something, don’t they? On Thanksgiving, I was invited to a friend’s house for the Big Meal. I hadn’t been inside their apartment before. Immediately I gravitated toward a series of bookshelves and checked the spines. An array of classic children’s books. Art books. A few popular non-fiction titles and a volume by Bill Bryson. No Between Shades of Grey. Whew. I think we’ll all get on just fine.
Thessaly LaForce has just published a book called My Ideal Bookshelf (illustrated by Jane Mount) about our bookshelves. She believes that the books we choose to keep say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. (Why else are you keeping that copy of War and Peace?) She spoke with dozens of authors like David Sedaris, Jonathan Lethem, Maira Kalman, Jennifer Egan and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) to get the dirt about what books they hold in high regard by keeping them around. What is also fun is that you can order these images as notecards or prints or you can even commission your own “ideal bookshelf” from LaForce’s website.
I thought it would be fun to take a pic of my actual bookshelf.
What would be on your ideal bookshelf?
4. The five-second rule. Admit it. You’ve done this. You’ve dropped a cookie / piece of cheesecake / burger on the carpet / tile / grass. You’ve looked over your shoulder, confirmed no one was watching. You’ve scooped it up, dusted it off, popped it back on your plate and ate it.
But then you wondered, didn’t you? Did you get it within five seconds? Maybe it was six. In terms of microbial grossness, the difference between five seconds and six seconds is, in our minds, the difference between yummy goodness and overrun with E.coli.
I’m afraid I have to burst your bubble. Apparently, the five-second rule isn’t really a thing. Researchers tested a variety of food items and those left on the floor for only five seconds still picked up 150 to 8,000 bacteria, depending upon the porous nature of the food and the type of floor surface. Typically it takes about 10,000 bacteria to make a person sick, but the insidious bacteria are more potent at lower levels.
Reading this report makes me want to adopt a no-second rule policy. Then again, Reggie recently ate a Hershey’s kiss he found on the sidewalk which was crawling with ants. He was no worse for the wear.
Do you follow the five-second rule?
5. Reggie’s least favorite activity. Reggie has taken over #5 this week to show you the indignity he had to suffer.
Here’s hoping no one made you smell like lavender and chamomile.
Have a great weekend, everyone!