Saturday, October 25, 2008
Project Real Mail: Light Bulb Moment
This past Wednesday there was a sudden shower at quitting time. I didn't have an umbrella so I decided to wait out the rain in SM. I ended up in Booksale; it's been a while since I adopted an orphaned book. Thirty minutes later I walked out with three: The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, Small Vices by Robert B. Parker, and Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The total damage? Sixty-five pesos. I practically skipped my way out of there. When I opened the Parker book at home I found a sticker with the previous owner's name. There was also a Benicia, California address. It gave me an idea for a small project: write the previous owner. I intend to ask how the book ended up halfway around the world. Who knows, maybe the previous owner still lives at the same address. At best, I'll get a reply. At worst, I'll have material for a blog post or two.