August 8th, 2004


Literature Abuser?

Are you a Literature Abuser?

Take this test and find out!

How many of these apply to you? [I've bolded mine :) ]

I have read fiction when I was depressed, or to cheer myself up.
I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day.
I read rapidly, often 'gulping' chapters.
I have sometimes read early in the morning or before work.

I have hidden books in different places to sneak a chapter without being seen.
Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels.
Sometimes I re-write film or television dialog as the characters speak.

I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby.
At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.
Reading has made me seek haunts and companions which I would otherwise avoid.
I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I have finished a novel.
I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.
I have attempted to check out more library books than permitted.
Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers.
I have sometimes passed out from a night of heavy reading.

I have suffered 'blackouts' or memory loss from a bout of reading.
I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.
I have sometimes wished I did not read so much.
Sometimes I think my reading is out of control.

If you answered 'yes' to four or more of these questions, you may be a literature abuser. Affirmative responses to seven or more indicates a serious problem.

unexpectedly good moving

I help friends move because I like to be helpful to my friends, not because I like moving.

This morning, wolfkitn and her sweetie moved out of their 2nd and 3rd floor apartment (in a building with three? flights of steps leading to the front door) into their very own house (yay!), so I got up bright and early and headed out to lend a hand. I wasn't really very excited about it, in part because of getting myself moving so early and in part because, hey, moving.

Amazingly, when all is said and done, that was actually kinda fun! Not that I can't think of other things I'd rather do with all those folks than move boxes and furniture and such, but...

I got there a bit after 10, and already people were showing up (official start time was 11, but people were encouraged to come early, especially after yet another UHaul screw-up put a deadline of 4pm on the truck rental). By 10:30, big items were being loaded into the truck. By 12:15, I think we were done. The steps were dealt with through the simple expedient of a very efficient bucket brigade, which was then reinstituted at the new house, and everything was unloaded and moved into the house by shortly after 1pm.

And the most amazing thing? I'm not even particularly tired! No one person took on the bulk of the work, and there were enough people that one or two people could rest a bit at any given time, if need be, although mostly people didn't. Some people brought fresh produce from their gardens, everyone was cheerful and helpful, and I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently we got things done, and, dare I say it, actually had a pretty good time doing so!

What they did right:

* Packed lots of reasonably-sized, reasonably-weighted boxes, rather than fewer but more awkward or difficult boxes. All were in good repair and labeled clearly.
* Made clear instructions so that everyone knew what was happening.
* Provided treats for their helpers, including plenty of water and nummy muffins.
* Were cheerful and appreciative throughout.
* Put people clearly in charge, so that there was no dispute about what was happening at any given time.
* Bought us yummy Bertucci's pizza at the end.
* Were appreciative!

In comparison to the last move I helped with, it was a different world. I'll have to make notes for the next time I'm trying to gather help to move me, which, I hope, won't be for a while!

Anyway, the process today gave me a good idea of how a cooperative community could raise a barn in a day. Very cool.