Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What do you take for granted?

I take good books for granted. I appreciate them--but frankly, I assume there will always be books I want to read.

I mean plain old fashioned books--words on paper, with a cover. Everytime someone starts speculating about books being out of date, ebooks being the wave of the future, yadda yadda...I cringe.

I don't think I'm in that much danger, though.

How 'bout you?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Libraries. They are such wonderful resources, and they get the meager scrap leftovers from most places budgets.
Sad really.
And of course Librarians, secret mistresses of all arcane knowledge

.:J.r.A.:. said...

Family.

I take it for granted that there will always be someone to watch my back, give me a warm place to sleep if I need it, and toss me $5 for gas if I'm low on cash.

Oh, Kris's step dad's cancer is getting worse...He's in hospice care now...

~J

Anne C. Watkins said...

Oh, I love books! Real, honest-to-goodness books you can hold in your hands.

pssst...mac...parrot pix....go look...

Kira said...

I think I take technology for granted to some degrees--the ease with which we can now communicate. Every once in a while I realize if I want to get in touch with someone, I can call on the phone, the cell phone, send a fax over the phone or the internet, leave a message on a blackberry, send an email, or an instant message, or have a chat, plus there's still telegrams and...and that dinosaur the paper letter.

And it just strikes me as amazing. And yet I still wish I could just be there, instead of just being all wired up.

weasel said...

The relative ease with which we cover even fairly short distances these days. I went to the movies in the next town over on Sunday- a round trip of 16 miles- and it dawned on me that walking at a brisk pace the whole journey would have taken me 4 hours.

Its amazing to me that our prehistoric ancestors spread out like they did, especially with nothing to read on the journey.

Frank Baron said...

I take my own health for granted which is really pretty stupid. But I never claimed to be the sharpest pencil in the box.

September said...

I love books so much. The convenience of reading a story almost immediately online or in an ebook is nice, but there's something about cuddling up on a couch, next to a fireplace, or out on the terrace on a sunny day, that can never be replaced. And, To me, a day in the library is like heaven.

Dawno said...

I discovered on Friday that I took it for granted that folks would just look at me as plain ol' Dawno...nothing special, nobody to worry about if she got into a weird ruckus on the TIO about sparklies.

I know better now.

Sean D. Schaffer said...

I'd have to agree with your post, Mac. I think there's really no danger of books ever fully disappearing from the world in which we live....at least not in our lifetimes. I think there are just too many people who enjoy sitting down in their easy chair or lying down in their bed with a good hard-copy book in their hands, to make the demand for real books ever truly go away.

I do take it for granted, though, that there are good books to read. The things I fear the most where books are concerned are book-burnings, and the attempts by some people to get certain books removed from public view. People who are not tolerant of others' views, and who think that life would be better without books they personally disagree with, frighten me.