pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

Me to a "T"

proclivity \pro-KLIV-uh-tee\, noun:
A natural inclination; predisposition.

New York City is full of people like Mr. O'Neal -- life-long bibliophiles with a proclivity for accumulation, holed up in compact spaces in the intimate company of thousands upon thousands upon thousands of books.
    -- "For Some, Acquiring Books Has Become a Compulsion", New York Times, July 6, 1997

I began to turn the closet in the "spare" bedroom cum sewing room into a library eleven years ago, when I first moved into this mobile home and drug some of the smaller bookcases up the hill, and did not like them in the living room with the fancy oak glass fronted stuff. Soon those were full. Another bout of built in shelves housed my Arabian Horse World magazine collection, going back to the 1960's. Some not too smart lending of selected issues over the years have resulted in some holes that weren't there originally, but it is still a valuable collection.

Soon, other, lesser books filled all the empty spaces, plied up on top, overflowed the headboard on the bed, stacked within a foot of the ceiling. The overflow went into the computer room, quickly overran that available space, and flowed onto the spare bedroom BED, laid on edge, from one side to the other, in rows, a horizontal "shelf" anchored in place by a 2' pile of hardbacks on the near side... stopping just short of "cascade point' on the far side. This has burgeoned into five rows and "individual author" piles a the foot...

Now, I have until Thursday night to UNDO that problem! I'm afraid that may fall in the "fat chance" department... :-(

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