Friday, February 4, 2011
Stranded without a book
What do you do if you are stranded without a book? My power went out during the blizzard and I was struck by that dread of "What do I do now?" Then I remembered I'd downloaded a library ebook onto my smartphone. Technology to the rescue! Of course I only had an hour of battery life left, but it helped. (The library's downloadable media catalog is here).
It reminded me of when I got stuck in an elevator. After more than a half hour the fire department came and had to pry the doors open and hoist me out. It felt like hours. I kept thinking if only I had a book, time would have flown by. I almost always have a book with me. I think about it every time I step on an elevator. And when everyone was saying, get ready for the blizzard, fill your gas tank and have blankets in your car, I made sure I carried a book in my bag, (actually two). I feel like I can get through anything if I have a book to keep me occupied and distracted.
Now I might be a bit more paranoid than most. But I am curious what do people do when stuck without a book. What steps do you make to not be caught without one? Or am I the only one?
(Thanks to Brian Malow, the science comedian and photographer Tara Fredette for use of the image above)