Remember those factory tour segments on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood? I loved those. I was hypnotized by the creation of trumpets, records and taffy. Did you know that the factory tour capital of the world is just a short drive from D.C.? That's right. In little, old York County, Pennsylvania, you can witness the magic of Harley-Davidson bikes, Utz potato chips and Crayola crayons being made right before your eyes. And for a few days in June, you can experience more than 20 free factory tours during Manufacturers Days
I do Judge a Book by Its Cover
Yes. It's true. While I do have a master's degree in literature, I occasionaly judge books by their covers. If I am looking for simple entertainment and have nothing in my personal library that I want to read, I will wander through Kramerbooks or Borders or Olsson's and pick something up based on little more than the book's cover. I am especially attracted to covers with a matte finish.
I love feeling the texture and hearing the barely audible sound that my fingertips make as they slide across these covers. I like covers with cartoon images or abstract art. The more that they look like advertisements for teen make-up, the better. When I find a cover that I like, I will make the effort to read the back of the book.
If I'm still interested, I read the acknowledgements to make my final decision. If the writer makes some witty comment in that section or thanks a really random person, I will head straight to the cash register. Now this is certainly not the best way to go about choosing great writing. If I want writing that will inspire or challenge me I will seek our recommendations from trusted sources. But if I just want to read a simple story, I will trust my cover judging strategy.
Nope. I can't keep my promises. Oh well. Check out my new "To Do" feature to the right. I will at least make an effort to keep that list updated.
I will post a more substantive entry this weekend. Promise. Until then, take a look at these fun shopping sites.