A couple months ago (I'm a little behind on posting) I found myself in a bookstore killing time before my son's school band marched in a local parade. This was the little local bookstore where I spent the majority of my childhood Saturdays, pouring over the shelves, picking out my book (or two) for the week. (Toys? Screw that, buy me books!) I don't get there much these days, due other stores located closer or buying books online, so it's always a nostalgic visit.
I was standing there, perusing the magazine's (one for writers, if you must know), when I found myself next two a pair of women. Mother and daughter, (at least they seemed to be) were looking over the long shelf of magazines, complaining about the price and quality of the available offerings. Apparently the realization that we're not pricing things in the 1970's hadn't hit dear old mom. And then I was hit by this snippet of conversation:
mom: I was going to get one of those Kindles, but they're so expensive.
daughter: They're not that bad, and they're so handy. Way easier to carry around than books.
mom: But you have to buy books to put on them!
daughter: Well yes, that's true.
mom: If I'm spending almost a hundred dollars on a Kindle, I damn well better get the books for free.
me: *mouth falls open*
daughter: Well, you can get a lot of books for .99 or some for free.
mom: I don't even know those people. The books I want all cost money. If they want to sell those things, they need to have all the books for free. I can buy a lot of books for a hundred dollars.
me: *wonders if she's seen the price of printed books lately*
mom: It's ridiculous. If I want to buy a book, I'll get the book. Why would I buy a Kindle and have to pay for the book too?
me: *walks away before causing a scene*
I wonder if she thinks her postage should all be free because she bought a mailbox? Because she bought a car, should the gas be free? Maybe that Xbox she bought for her grandkids should have all the games for free too?
I'm sure she wouldn't consider working for free, but the rest of us should. Yeah right.