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Subject: Here's the bottom line...
Date Posted: 2/25/2010 7:56 AM ET
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I've been reading everyone's reviews in these threads, and it has become clear to me that I must retire now, and just read.  There is no other way.  Between being here, working in a library, and needing a 12-step program for bookaholics...it must be done. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 8:17 AM ET
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My fantasy doesn't stop there.  I must win the lottery, so that "retiring" is feasible.

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 8:32 AM ET
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Sharla, I didn't even consider the feasibility part.  See how far gone I am?

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 8:37 AM ET
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I shoulda stopped a decade ago and married a rich man. ;(

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 10:08 AM ET
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A more feasible plan than winning the lottery.

 

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 12:11 PM ET
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Winning the lottery's a must. Then I can level the house and the stupid knoll it's built on and construct something large enough for me and the critters to live in, PLUS tailored to fit all of my books. No more boxes in the basement! No more pawing through stuff all the time! They're alllllllllllll gonna be in a huge room lined with book shelves from floor to ceiling. Maybe even collapsible shelves like a library to maximize room!

I have it all planned out, you see. The money's just gotta get here.

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 1:25 PM ET
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If I won the lottery and built a house, the great room would be converted into a library.  No joking at all.  Huge fire place and 10-foot floor to ceiling books.  And I'd probably add a walkway around the perimeter half way up, to avoid the ladder on wheels.  And lord knows what I'd spend on leatherbound books.  I could even see myself getting obssessed with early edition copies of the classics canon books.

I once found in a used and antique bookstore a law book -- complilation of the law on ejectments, 1840s (IIRC), updated from a first edition that was written by JOHN ADAMS!!!  Oh, I can't tell you how badly I wanted it.  But it was in marvelous condition (probably acquired from the estate of an ancient judge/attorney, handed down in the family, sort of thing.)  And way, way over my budget.  I almost cried when I had to walk away.  Seriously, I still have the address card of the woman who ran the antiques section of that store.  Every time I sort through crap and see it, I keep it, hoping that some day I'll be able to afford a huge splurge and go back for a similar book. 

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Date Posted: 2/25/2010 4:18 PM ET
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 PLUS tailored to fit all of my books. No more boxes in the basement! No more pawing through stuff all the time! They're alllllllllllll gonna be in a huge room lined with book shelves from floor to ceiling. Maybe even collapsible shelves like a library to maximize room!

 

That is my dream as well!!?

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 4:53 PM ET
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I agree but my fantasy involves a Scottish castle and kilts and muscles...... oh did I say that out loud!!

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 7:10 PM ET
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I do kind of like Jerelyn's idea myself. Jamie Fraser anyone?

I was almost (not quite but almost) happy to be so damn sick with a cold that I was stuck home in bed for four days. Almost.

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 7:21 PM ET
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Maybe we need an H/F lottery group. When we win, we'll divide the money and spend it all on fabulous libraries. Sounds good to me!

I think I'll build an extra little house for hubster and the kid, then I'll just live in the stacks. Ah...

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 7:48 PM ET
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What makes y'all think me retiring is a fantasy?? LOL...you guys crack me up.  Especially "Did I say that out loud" Jerelyn! 

Ahh..I'm gonna be snowed in until Monday at the least...so I'll get a little taste of 'retirement'...or at least lots of reading time. ;)

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 8:44 AM ET
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I have the same dream of a wondrous library filled with goodness - but I want a secret passageway too!  (I know I'm a cheese ball)  One where you tip on book and the whole shelf/wall moves! 

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 9:41 AM ET
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Vicky, if retiring NOW is more than a fantasy, wouldn't you have already done it?

I suppose I also think it's a fantasy because my own darn good plans for retirement at the appropriate age (or a little early, if things break better rather than worse) is fast becoming fantasy land.  If the idiots in Washington haven't already smashed it beyond repair, they probably will shortly.



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Date Posted: 2/26/2010 11:04 AM ET
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Vicky, if retiring NOW is more than a fantasy, wouldn't you have already done it?

 Hmmm, good point. ;)

Ah, well, good things will come for those who wait...

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 2:50 PM ET
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Oh, wow!  After reading the dreams of the foregoing bibliophiles, I now know I've been far too unimaginative, with respect to "ME and BOOKS".  My fantasy was someday to have my own personal copies of the Oxford English Dictionary!   What a paltry dream! ( lol) 

Seriously, I deeply sympathize with you all, but maybe especially with the gal who is obliged to work at a library, surrounded by that tantalizing array of books.  That seems kind of like being Tantalus, chin-deep in water with branches of fruit just overhead!   Whenever he tried to eat or drink, the water would recede or the fruit rise out of reach.  I just hope some of you don't start over-doing the NoDoz in an effort to stay awake  in order to read more . . .

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:23 PM ET
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Bonnie, I want a copy of the OED too!!! Ever since i read Simon Winchester's The Mad Man and The Professor I have had that on want list.

My DH designed a castle (wood frame/stone exterior) right down to the piping and electrical design. It is our dream to build it some day. It includes a library with a spiral staircase leading up to a sitting room off the master bedroom. He designed the castle with a great room with tapestries and even a dungeon (My DH was envisioning taking any dates our DD's may bring home, down there to scare them).  The secret passage way idea, where you move the book to open the door, is the opening to the dungeon/basement. Not sure that we will ever build it, but we have all the blue prints done. **sigh**

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 3:55 PM ET
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That would be amazing, polbia. 

Totally love the idea of the circular staircase going up to sitting room off the master bedroom. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 5:09 PM ET
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One of my friends got the entire OED for her 50th birthday. I'm so jealous.