I've been reading a lot lately, and tonight I realized all the books I've been reading have a theme.
Give me all the beach reads.
Last night I was reading the last few pages of Sweetwater Creek, and as I turned the page, Matt looked over and said, “Hmm. You actually read that part of the book?"
“The epilogue?” I said, “Of course I read it!”
“Oh,” he said, “I don’t read any of the optional extra parts."
Matt isn’t a huge reader, but he reads here and there and evidently, sticks to the meat of the book. No time for a prologue or epilogue.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who reads the extra parts.
When he said that, it reminded me of a few years ago when I was driving my coworker, Jen, and we were on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The turnpike has billboards with lights and a message that says "Urgent message when flashing - tune radio to 1640 a.m."
We passed a sign with the lights flashing, so I immediately tuned my radio to 1640 a.m., as directed.
And Jen looked over at me and said, "Wow, I've never been in the car with anyone who actually did that."
Well, I'm a rule follower on the roadway. And on the couch when I'm reading a book.
Speaking of work, the heat in my office has been broken for the last ten days or so. My desk is right beneath the vent, and it’s been continuously blowing a stream of freezing air. I haven’t taken my coat off in days and even had to work with my gloves on occasion. Yesterday a maintenance man popped his head in the office and said, “Hey, look out, we’re conducting a wind tunnel test!”
Because "wind tunnel test" sounded ridiculous to me, I assumed he was joking around. So I laughed and said, “Well, I sure feel like I’m in a wind tunnel!” and continued on with my work.
And three minutes later, black soot came falling like snow out of the aforementioned vent, located directly above my head. I had my gloves on, but I wished I had been wearing a hat.
But, what stopped coming out was cold air, so I guess the end justified the means.
If only his warning had come with flashing lights and a pre-recorded message alerting me to the impending conditions.