I must be stopped

One of my co-workers sauntered into lunchclub with a brand new Canon Digital Rebel. Upon looking at its sexy, shininess I started to drool. I had to make it mine. He didn’t help matters by the way he went on and on about what a great deal Best Buy had on the camera and the lens and the telephoto lens and the extra battery and so on and so on.

I ditched out of lunchclub and went straight to bestbuy.com to check his facts. He was right. All that camera sexiness for only $800. I must make it mine.

Then The Dougs walked by and I told him of my intention to march right over to Best Buy right down the road from here and go get me a new camera.

“You know,” he said. “It’s last year’s model.”

I jumped up and hugged him. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I needed someone to talk me down from the ledge.” Al, the cutest girl on earth™ would never talk anyone down from a camera-buying ledge. Ever. She’s a professional photog and thinks everyone should have as many cameras as she does.

“And,” he said. “Your little camera takes great pictures already.”

Maria, who is back for the first time today after giving birth to twin boys in January, just looked at me and shook her head. “Nothing changes.”

“I know,” I said. “I don’t need a new camera. I won’t even use a new camera. I never, ever used the Nikon SLR I had. I always used a little point and shoot. My family is filled with my cast off digital cameras and yet I was still going to go buy one.”
“What is wrong with you?” She asked, as if that question could be easily answered.
“I am weak,” I told her. “Books, music, gadgets. They are my weaknesses.”

I then went on to tell her how I have bought (or mooched) at least a dozen books. And I bought two more this weekend under the guise that I am using them for research to write my own book.

Yeah. LIAR. Here’s a list of the books that I have bought since May 1st:

  • When the Messenger is Hot by Elizabeth Crane
  • How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
  • Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler
  • Two Girls Fat and Thin by Mary Gaitskill
  • Women Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
  • Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  • I Sailed with Magellan by Stuart Dybek
  • All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
  • Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry
  • The Boy Who Cried Freebird by Mitch Meyers
  • The Poet’s Companion by Two Women Whose Names I cannot Remember
  • The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

I would like to point out that only THREE of those books are for research. I think I’m gonna have to ground myself. This is getting ridiculous.

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  1. Placemat 14.May.07 at 2:31 pm

    Nothing wrong with buying books. One, six, a dozen or more, it’s all good. One can never have enuff. Well, until you have to move them…

  2. david 14.May.07 at 9:53 pm

    We picked up a Digital Rebel late last year, but it’s become my wife’s camera.

    Books are more my weakness, too, but it’s a healthy obsession. I do have an extra copy of Matthew Sharpe’s novel, Jamestown, and Ben Greenman’s short story collectioon, A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, if you are interested in adding two more books to the “to read” list.

  3. Jodi 15.May.07 at 8:03 pm

    Hell yes, I am always interested in reading more and more and more. Eventually I won’t be able to leave my house.

  4. Liz L. 08.Jun.07 at 4:08 pm

    That Elizabeth Crane novel is fantastic, eh?


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