July 24, 2009
Bathroom reading! Some people find it disgusting. For others it's a small pleasure of life, a refuge from the tumult of day to day existence.
Recently I decided to press the reset button on the material I had at hand in there... My bathroom library was as follows:
- Loadstar (old C=64 magazine-on-disk) catalog
- Holy Cow
- The Book of Sequels
- Cooking for Dummies
- Penny Arcade 2: Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings
- Edge Presents The 100 Best Video Games
- WWII From Here to Eternity (WW2 as drawn and painted by soldiers)
- The Photographer's Manual
- Tufts University ("College History Series")
- My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable
- Discussion and Interaction in the Academic Community (Aunt's)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Player's Guide
- Clerks: The Lost Scene (Comic)
- Clerks: Holiday Special (Comic)
- The Illustrated History of WWII
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 7: Maximum Performance
- My I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?
- 5 copies of Wired
- 8 copies of Game Informer
- Hardcore Gamer Magazine
- Fashion Rocks (think this was bundled with a Wired)
Any volunteers to describe their bathroom library in the comments? Or is it still all just old Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom Counties?
(As for the "ick" and "well I'm never borrowing a book from HIM" factors... I dunno. I suspect if you start going down the road of uptightness beyond washing your hands after using the bathroom, it's a slippery slope to starting to freak out how many insect bits per gallon are allowed in foods, or about the eyebrow mites we all carry, or the intestinal bacteria that help us all out, and 1,000 other ways where things we think of as relatively pristine are really quite icky.)
Random anecdote: my dad grew up rural enough to remember some places where the Sears Roebuck catalog served as a combination of toilet paper and reading material (maybe for an outhouse at the cousins' farm?) There was a specified order to which sections of the catalog got torn out first; I think it started with shoes.
Trees and grass are looking so green. Is that because all the rainwater "lets" them be, or they desperately reaching to use any sun they can?
After a spring and half a summer of sandals, socks and shoes (for a business meeting) feels like swaddling clothes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=231hnz3EDwg - The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon