March 13th, 2008

krazy koati

Living in a dusty town

My personal challenge in cleaning up for the appraiser was to do something with the pile of books I'd had on the hope chest in my room. There are two bookshelves in there, although they've been occupied with my mother's books and various stuffed animals placed with I believe some deliberation, and a light-up starship Enterprise NCC-1701 kit I built my last months in grad school. So, I decided to see if I could at least make the piles smaller, and consolidated my mother's books, took various piles of papers and put them back in standing vertically, moving the stuffed toys up to the top shelf where they'd be visible and not occupy useful book-shelving space.

With that done I moved on to shelving my books. At first I thought I might organize them by subject, or at least by hardcover and softcover, but concluded an organizational system was not needed right now. I settled for getting books of roughly the same size together, and I'll accept some slightly amusing leaps in subject like having Robert Benchley's After 1903 -- What? adjacent to Andrew Chaikin's A Man on The Moon and Mad For Decades. I did put mass-market paperbacks in some old Coke bottle plastic trays my father got from who knows where, which are useful for organizing things of the right size or, empty, to stare down into as your own Borg Interior model in Coca-Cola Red.

Remarkably, with the exception of the mass-market paperbacks, I was able to fit all the books I had outside of boxes on the shelves. I had to double-stack, yes, although only my own shelves and not to fit things in front of my mother's books. The double-stacking makes the shelves look fuller. The cats were amazed by the empty space, since this really opened up the window space, and soon they were squabbling over who would sit in which part of the windowsill. The younger cat ended up on the left, the kitten on the right, and the older cat lay on the kitchen windowsill as if that's what she really wanted all the time.

The home appraiser did appear, and his work came to measuring the outside and counting the number of rooms inside. With a salute to Corporal Klinger, who was dressed as the Statue of Liberty, he was off.

Trivia: Friedrich Wiliam Herschel spotted Uranus between 10 and 11 pm, 13 March 1781. Source: In Search of Planet Vulcan, Richard Baum, William Sheehan.

Currently Reading: Brave Men, Ernie Pyle.