September 29th, 2013

Book with cat 3

Book #40: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, Lost, Swimming

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition by Quark (with help from Ira Steven Behr).

If I had paid for this book, I would feel cheated. (Ironic, huh?) I thought this would be a fun, lighthearted read -- something I was looking forward to after the last couple books I slogged through. Turned out it was a 96 page book, 90 of them containing one sentence each.

Each of the rules had a page. The page contained the rule and nothing else. I had expected a write-up about each one, an example of when it might have been used, some character's opinion on it, something.

It takes some balls lobes to put out a full-priced book with so few words in it.

I've never tried to get my money back for a book*, but if I had paid for this one, it would have been the first.

* Once I ordered two copies of the same ebook by double-clicking by mistake. Amazon refunded me for one. I don't count that as really returning a book.

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By chance I'm watching Lost. Something I was watching ended, and the first ep of the first season came on, and it hooked me. They're only showing three eps today, but I really should rewatch/watch the series. (I stopped a few seasons before it ended and never went back to it.) I had forgotten how good the early seasons were. I've forgotten so much, too! It would be like new to me.

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Swimming: It's going to be a long, cold winter. I went to the Y to sign up to use their pool, only to find it's an outdoor pool. Eek. I swam today (high of 72), and I didn't make it the whole hour because I got cold. Part of the problem is I have to go underwater to get to a free lane, so my hair gets wet and that makes me colder. (Wonder if a hair cap thingie would keep me warmer? I bet it would help keep the heat in...)

They gave me a free three-day pass to try things out, and once that ends I'll buy membership. The charges aren't too bad, other than the extra fees they tack on. $45 fee to buy membership (which costs $55/month), that's a one-time fee... if you never let your membership run out. Want to buy visits day by day? Then there's a $55 charge per year for the right to do that.

The Y is a lot nicer than I thought it would be. My image of it is dated by decades: A flophouse for homeless men. It's so different they really should rename it. ("Flophouse" sounds insulting, doesn't it? I wonder if it's non-PC? Maybe it would be if it were a more common word? Anyway, I mean a very cheap place to stay that isn't a shelter.)