Lisa and I went down to Half-Price Books this afternoon so we could get her a new calendar. The one she had didn’t have enough space to write down everything that she had scheduled for each day. Fortunately, we found a new one that not only had a lot of writing space but which was also full of pictures of cranky-looking cats.
Considering everything that’s going on, the store was fairly busy. Also, despite all of the panic that I’ve heard from some of my family about Gov. Abbott lifting the mask mandate, everyone in the store was wearing a mask. Most people that I’ve seen this week have been wearing a mask. Judging from some of the reaction that people had to the mask mandate being lifted, it seems like some of you are under the impression that masks have been outlawed in Texas. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I did give in to the temptation to check to see if they were selling any of the banned Dr. Seuss books. I didn’t find any but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they were removed. It’s a used bookstore so it’s totally possible that there weren’t any there to begin with. When I got home later, I checked with the HPB web site and discovered that you can still order And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street online. Of course, it costs $300 now.
I’m glad that Half Price Books is still there and open. With everything that has happened over the past year, I was worried the store wouldn’t survive. (Our Half Price Books sits right next to an empty and darkened Alamo Drafthouse, which hasn’t been open since last March.) I know that almost everything is being done online nowadays but for me, I still enjoy getting to browse and search for books. That’s something that I think future generations will never really get to experience, which really is too bad.