Friday, November 4, 2016
Change of Plans
Well, I went to the Long Beach store first and went to check the cozy section. They had lots of my books in both series, but no copies of HOOKING FOR TROUBLE. So, I thought they might be in New in Mystery or on the bestseller tower, since that’s where I’ve found my new releases before when they weren’t with my other books.
Not this time.
So, I asked the clerks at customer service. First, I had to get them to understand that I’d written the book I was asking about. Then they checked their computer and said 5 copies were ordered, but not there yet.
The Torrance store had order 9 copies, but they weren’t there yet either. So no signing stock, no books on the shelf to take pictures of and no thrill of seeing the books on the shelves to blog about.
There’s always next week.
It wasn't part of the plan, but I ended up going to Buy Buy Baby to buy a stroller/car seat for my soon to be born grandchild. It’s been a long time since I looked at baby stuff, other than passing through the department at Target and admiring all the cute toys.
I could not believe the change in things since my son was small. The selection of strollers was crazy. The selection of everything was crazy. There is so much stuff that I guess people now think they have to have. I remember my son’s favorite stroller. It was an umbrella stroller and cost $20 (35 years ago). Now the strollers have drink holders and snack holders, plastic covers to keep out the weather, seats that become car seats and lots of other features. Oh, and they cost a whole lot more
I had something called a Snugali for my son. It was cloth, had straps that went around my shoulder and gave him a place to ride in the front. After that I used a sling to carry him around. It was just a strap and a piece that unfolded for him to sit in. I looked at what they have now. Yikes. They were so complicated and there were so many warnings on them. Who would have thought that my Snugali would be considered a death trap.
I didn’t get any further in the store. I took one look at the row of what I guess are what goes as infant seats now and I’d had enough.
Who would have thought that baby stuff was so complicated? And the big question how is it that we all managed to survive without it?
Hopefully next week I’ll have a photo to share of HOOKING FOR TROUBLE on the shelves somewhere.