To those who wondered what I did when I encountered a well known San Diego disc jockey and 80s singer at my public library branch: I didn't ignore my germs and unkempt appearance and approach them.
As I mentioned earlier, I had a really bad cold, which turned out to be a bronchial flu, and planned to just pop my due library book with its freshly Lysoled plastic cover in the Book Return bin and be gone. Then along came two people, one whom I had met and the other who I heard on the radio over the years, especially this song, and I couldn't help myself.
So I pretended to look at some magazines and watched them through the stacks, just like in the movies. Only I couldn't really see them and I felt really, really stupid. So I left without saying anything, thinking they must be here at this time to avoid any encounters like the one I was contemplating.
And from now on, I'll at least wash my face before I visit my local library.
While I am at least mentally in the stacks, I wanted to mention a new magazine available to iPad users called Deliberate Life. I read magazines on a Kindle Fire, so I cannot speak to the accessibility of the app itself since it's exclusively offered at the iPad Newsstand, but the editor, Fay, was kind enough to send me a PDF of the first issue to read. It is very difficult to launch a magazine; I know because I once did it. And people have no idea how many magazines launch each year yet never make it beyond the first six to 12 issues. It's definitely more a labor of love than commerce.
Fay writes of the publication: "We believe deliberate living is about recognizing the ripple effect that our lives have, and choosing to make thoughtful choices because of this reality. What we do each day matters. At the core of this magazine is the certainty that the choices we make matter in our own lives and the lives of many others, most of whom we may never see."
I rather like that view of life, don't you?