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We went up to Champaign today with family.  Mild weather, nice day for an outing.  :D

World Harvest keeps improving their stock of tea and spices.  \o/  Regrettably the cumin and ginger bottles don't fit in our spice rack. >_<  But I found some other stuff I haven't seen in a while so I'm happy.  Also the food selection on the Strawberry Fields side is improving.  The beef pie is a tasty little thing.



My partner Doug and I tried the gansito split at El Oasis. Gansito is a Mexican junk food similar to a chocolate-covered twinkie. I imagine it would be awful by itself, but is quite good with ice cream, either mixed in or like this, split with several scoops of ice cream in between.  Chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry.  <3

Barnes & Noble continues to grow more annoying.  Twice I had someone stop and ask if I needed help finding anything.  Well no, you already broke the bookstore, so you can't fix that.  I need to browse by looking at a batch of similar things arranged by topic.  Now that you have dispersed the new books among the old books, this is impossible, unless you want to go hand-sort the new ones for me.  The cookbooks are splodged together, some by topic, others by author or title.  So instead of having all the special diet books together, organized by name of their theme, which would be easy to browse, they're all scattered over a couple of bookcases.  Someone actually asked me if I knew the titles I wanted.  Well if I knew the titles, I'd be able to find them myself! It was yet another damning example of how the store is catering not to bookworms, but to people who don't usually go into bookstores.  I guess they've been hyping electronics often enough that they're getting a lot of traffic that can't even find a help desk.  0_o  It's gotten to where just being asked is an irritant, another reminder that I'm no longer their target audience.  Jesus, lady, I was helping shelve library books when I was four.  >_<  I did find a couple of books to buy, but it's not fun like it used to be.  Bah.

At Wal-Mart I found a new pair of shorts.  Things that make me ridiculously happy: garments made of that silky, ventilated fabric that's almost never used on girl clothes, only guy clothes.  These shorts are lined and have contrasting trim around the edges.  I first got gray with pink trim to go with some tie-dye shirts I bought.  Then I got the turquoise with white and tonight the black with white.  I wanted the cobalt blue, but so far everyone's been out of that in my size.  I'd be happier if these had pockets, but I like the fabric enough to tolerate the lack.  They're really comfortable and really, really genderfucking awesome.  :D

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Date: 2017-08-18 04:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
YAY SHORTS! I don't *quite* know the stuff... but good-feeling shorts are awesome, regardless. (I do regret that you have to go to Mall*Wart, though; I wish you had better choices.)

And MOOOOO on Barnes and Cowes. When I win the lottery this weekend not only am I becoming a peta-fan (that's four orders of magnitude up from a k-fan ;) but I will hit up my buddy Christian what flies for NetJets and we will come fetch you out to Portland and take you to a REAL bookstore. (Seattle is slowly losing theirs, sadly, although I don't think the big three - Third Place, U-W, and Elliot Bay - are going anywhere anytime soon... but the little ones are succumbing to the local 800 Pound Gorilla. But *nothing* compares to the Legendary Powells(tm).) Get a map at the front desk. You'll need it.

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Date: 2017-08-18 05:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
I assure you if we fly NetJets you'll not be going anywhere near anyone with a badge.

OTOH, I have it on good authority that Empire Builder is a lot of fun.... :)

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Date: 2017-08-18 03:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
If I ever get out somewhere where they are, I wanna go to a TTP bookstore.

I regret that I didn't get to Tattered COver while in Denver area of CO; I've heard their awesome.

)Also Powell's, I've heard you talk up that place and I wanna go there, too if I ever get to the WA state area and close enough to go. Unfortunately I dunno if that'll be a thing because the family's in Redmond, and the other choice one is in the Milwood area. :(

-Fallon~

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Date: 2017-08-18 10:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capriuni
This is an aside, but your mentioning of the spice aisle reminded me.

I know you love food porn and recipe experiments, so I think you'll be interested in this YouTube channel I found: 18th Century Cooking with Jas Townsend and Son; they're historical reenactors from your region of the world, and recreate recipes interpreted from old cookbooks, in a reconstructed period kitchen, using period utensils.

Here's one recipe I'd love to try: Fried Beets (in a batter) from 1727.

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Date: 2017-08-18 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
We waaant tose shorts now! We've been looking for something that anyone can wear and not feel trapped in gender. *sighs*

And that fabric sounds amazing. :d

Also, boo B&N. That, other than Borders who went out of business, used to be our favorite place to go. Now...*sighs*

We're glad you had a good time, though. :)

-Fallon~

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Date: 2017-08-18 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
B&N really ticked me off when they eliminated their New sections. But they didn't eliminate it in their Video area, did they?! Then again, their sci fi section has become increasingly irrelevant to me for a long time: most recently I had to order the new Cory Doctorow.

For me, my authors list has become increasingly eclectic and there's only so many people that they can stock in the store, so my hit rate has dropped precipitously. I'll buy an occasional magazine and get a drink, that's about it. My wife still has a good hit rate there, but most of my reading material and up coming through either used sources as it's not uncommon for them to be out of print or the iBooks store.

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Date: 2017-08-18 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I remember pre-superstores. A major mall opened in the mid '70s about 4 miles from my parent's house and it had both a B. Dalton and a Waldenbooks. Mom & pop bookstores abounded. Later the B. Dalton closed and a B&N opened on the mall beltway. Then the Waldenbooks closed and a Borders appeared. Then Amazon appeared and most all the little mom & pop stores vanished (though they were suffering when B&N and Borders started spreading) and ultimately Borders died, but there were multiple reasons behind their death. B&N has hung on, but they've splintered off their student book store and seem intent on driving away the reliable customers from their physical stores, I'm not sure why.

In Phoenix, 24th Street & Camelback is a pretty major hub. High-end mall, large number of really good restaurants of a variety of price points including California Pizza Kitchen and Cheesecake Factory. The only bookstore is a Half-Price Books store. You'd have to drive seven miles or so to get to the next major used book store. You'd have to drive another 3 miles for B&N, and it's one of their smaller stores. No dedicated music/video section.

I read 48 books last year, 30 thus far this year. And it looks like about a dozen of them were physical copies, or ebooks where I also own a physical copy. I subscribe to two ebook sales newsletters where everything mentioned is $1-3, and if I see something that I already own a physical copy of, I'll buy it. If something looks interesting, I'll research it on other web sites and maybe download a sample and maybe buy it. My preferred vendor is Apple as I like their app best of the ones that I've tried. I also get books via Humble Bundle and Story Bundle, I DO NOT want to think about how much money I've spent through them! But on the good side, it's introduced me to any number of authors that I otherwise would never have heard about, and whom I've subsequently bought other books.


To me, a mall without a book store just is not a place that I want to be. We no longer have a used book store since the Hastings chain went bust and our local used store run by a literal cat lady closed. Las Cruces and El Paso are our closest cities for B&N, and we visit one or the other pretty much monthly.

If you want to read some really different sci fi, check out Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer, she won the Campbell at WorldCon for Best New Author. https://www.amazon.com/Too-Like-Lightning-Novel-Ignota/dp/0765378019/ It blew my mind. Not much in the way of guns, and not much tits until the end of the book. I'm really looking forward to the subsequent books in the series.

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Date: 2017-08-18 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] applewoman
I don't shop at B&N much anymore, but I stop by my local Half Price Books fairly often. They shelve their cookbooks according to all sorts of useful categories. There are obvious ones like French, Italian, or Vegetarian, of course, but also categories like Dairy, Breakfast, Special Diets (broken down into gluten-free, paleo, diabetic, etc.), Cooking with Specific Devices (broken down into slow cookers, cast iron skillets, food processors, etc), Frugal Cooking, Canning & Preserving, Chef Memoirs, and lots more I can't remember. I don't know if all Half Price Books locations do this, but it's why I keep coming back to this particular store.

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Date: 2017-08-19 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purple_crocus
That sounds like a very annoying bookstore with a bad display system :(

I usually buy most of my books on my kindle since I live in a country where English is not the main language and I couldn't find English books for the longest time. But now that seems to have changed and I have found loads of English books, just when my reading habits have changed.

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