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I was going to pull some books together to sell this morning but as I started going through them and choosing ones I figure I will never read again I started thinking wait! what if I need this for teaching (if I ever teach again)? and wait! I really should read this one again. and wait! I know it's been sitting here since I bought it but I am going to get to this one soon. I really am! and wait!

and I think you see where this is going.

I am torn over whether to sell my South Park and Monty Python dvds. South Park lost me a long time ago with its gee whiz conservatism and after I bought the Monty Python boxed set and watched a few I didn't find them nearly as funny as I did thirty years ago. imagine taste changing like that.

so I can see letting go of Monty Python but I don't think I'm ready to give Heidegger up to someone who can stand him.

something is wrong with me.

but the dvds are in mint condition whereas the books would need a fair amount of erasing even though I think they are more valuable with my witty annotations. but used book dealers don't see it that way. people who buy used books prefer theirs unmarked, from what I hear. and I don't know if an hour per book with an eraser is actually worth the money I'd get from the effort. I've lived in the US too long; I'm thinking time is money when actually it's raw material from which to create things besides just capital but whatever I still think I can do something more and better with the time I'd spend erasing my remarks detailing why Heidegger is Wrong. (don't ask me why Heidegger is wrong. I've quite forgotten. in order to remember I'd have to read him again and that isn't happening while I have all these books on poetry and other pleasant things lying all over my room.)

maybe I should look again but you know I could rip the dvds; I don't really have a means to quickly reproduce any of these books.

the problem you see is that Berkeley hasn't paid me for the work I did two weeks ago (usually they take 10 days but holidays muck all that up) and I need to pay Strohecker's to send me my testosterone. I might have to go a-borrowing again. I have a couple of days left but I don't think disbursements is open until tuesday and wednesday and then closed on thursday and open on friday and well I need my shot wednesday.

otherwise I have money enough to feed myself for a few more days yet.

bother. I wonder if the clinic keeps any hormones stashed away for emergencies. I have an appointment with my doc on Tues night. maybe I should email her and ask.

my body can't decide if it wants to be up days or nights. lately my rhythm is sleep five hours stay up six hours sleep six hours stay up four hours etc. I think I'm also experiencing the antiplacebo effect of knowing my t vial is empty. maybe I should make some inquiries..


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Dec. 27th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
there are a few python sketches that never fail to amuse me, but i wouldn't be able to sit still for entire shows any more, probably. there is a freshness date on humor, i think. (gotta admit i saw lucy's Vitameatavegemin sketch recently and did still laugh.)
Dec. 27th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
some of monty python is timeless, just like some of lucy and almost all of gilda radner, but sitting and watching whole episodes of monty python now just isn't the same as seeing them on pbs when I was 14 and I'd never ever encountered any program with a fractured narrative before.

now it's like. eh. yeah. it's the penguin. next?
Dec. 27th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, books! I have a method; I put those I think I don't need any more in a box, then wait a month or two, and donate all those that didn't get out of the box during that period.

Yes, it is still hard though, but the method eases the pain somewhat. I also put my name on every book I buy so when I give them out their reading history (past ownership) can be traced.

At my uni, what I do is just leave the books out of my office for students to take; it is surprising how fast they disappear! Some books I try to sell if they are really mint and have collectible value.

Good luck on the T.

Add me back? (*bats eyes*)
Dec. 27th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I might take the South Park and...
I also find it very hard to get rid of books, marked or not. I always think "I might need that", or "I WILL READ THAT!" someday.

I actually still love South Park, more than just about any cartoon comedy show (there aren't many, but still). I take this as a sign that my politics have changed. I always liked it though. Amy even recommended I watch it, and when I told her it was considered a "sign of conservatism" she was shocked. But, I guess so. So, here is the point, how much are those South Park episodes? I am also broke (mostly) now, but maybe something can be arranged in time if they are priced reasonably. And, what seasons --

Also, the Monty Python -- I am curious about the price and all.

Best of luck with all this. As I've said, I've been struggling a bit lately, and need to get more work. It is very stressful. I hope things look up for you soon Erik, I really do.
Dec. 27th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
hey erik

if you change your mind about heidegger or decide you want to get rid of some other books, i'll buy em off you like i said earlier. the annotations would probably make it a sweeter deal for me anyway.

take care man.
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