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An Ode To The Forgotten Book

For the first time in like 8 trillion days, I left my book at home one morning a few weeks ago.

This cruel realization struck me when I got in my car during my lunch break and noticed an empty passenger seat—the seat that usually provides warmth and comfort to my book of choice while I’m at work.

I felt broken, beaten, shattered and ashamed. Other than eat, what should I do for the next hour? How would I survive a lunch break without a book?

Yes, this is a “first world problem” at its finest. That said, I needed a gameplan…and fast!

So what did I do? I wrote the outline for this post—which means I didn’t actually do any of these things. But had I not wrote a post about doing these things, I would have certainly done one of these things. For sure. No doubt.

Five Things To Do At Lunch When You Forget Your Book

1)      Talk to a person. Yes, an actual person with a mouth that also speaks and communicates. I’m not sure about this, but I get the feeling that a lot of avid readers are introverts. Why else would we stare at words for hours on end while there are millions of people out there just dying to have conversations about global warming, the exorbant price of gas, and this bird that likes to snow sled?

2)      Read a newspaper. Remember them? So quaint. And guess what? They’re still around! Really! People actually still use printers to print words on paper. This is stunning. And other people, presumably old retired guys who watch Andy Griffith, read them. Are they being ironic, like the hipster who sports the 1980s moustache? Doubtful.

3)      Visit a bookstore. I know what you’re thinking…this post might have been useful if we lived in, oh I don’t know, 1996. Yeah, newspapers and bookstores in 2012. That’s funny. Great advice. Next, I’ll probably suggest that the only downside of cigarettes is bad breath. But if you have one of these book place shop things in your area, you might want to see what’s inside. Snag the book you’ve been reading, find a quiet corner, and pick right up where you left off!

4)      Take a nap. Michael Hyatt says you’re more productive if you take a twenty minute nap every day. Count me in, Hyatt. But don’t try and nap at Chick-Fil-A at lunch—the food is awesome, but if four year olds were wildebeests and laughing hyenas, Chick-Fila-A at noon would be the Serengeti. The child to adult ratio there must be 5 to 1. Your best bet is the car or an empty conference room.

5)      Write a novel. This is it. This is your chance. Writing a novel is easy anyway, right? Look at Danielle Steele. She poops best-sellers. You could probably crank out some character sketches and maybe or chapter or two in an hour. All because you forgot your book at lunch. Well done.

Look, I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m a wreck without my book at lunch. I’m a shell of a man without a place to rest his soul for an entire hour. So when I forget my book at lunch, I simply eat a Chick Fil-A sandwich that has been moistened by my tears. So don’t listen to me. In fact, just ignore this entire post.

But, if you dare forget your book or Kindle, how do you spend your lunch break?

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  1. It’s #3 for me. Gotta have a book to read. Though I won’t buy the same book; I’ll get a different one.

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    April 20, 2012
  2. I would spend it reading other people’s blogs, like this one, which I just read. While eating my peanut butter sandwich.

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    April 20, 2012
  3. Intention is a good place to start when there is nothing else. You can wish in one hand.

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    April 20, 2012
  4. Great post! I hate that sinking feeling when you realise you’re bereft of book!

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    April 20, 2012
  5. Danielle Steele poops best sellers???? 🙂 It is always good to start my day with a belly laugh. Thank You! As to what to do at lunch when there is no book at hand, shoe shopping comes to mind.

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    April 20, 2012
  6. Unfortunately, I don’t get a lunch break. I’m lucky if I get to eat my pb&j in peace without being told to do something, the phone ringing, or someone coming to rant at me about some other what not. On days that I have dry spells at work and don’t have my book (this has happened too many times to count), I write something. So, #5 is my default of failure in the bring your book to work department.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Thank you.

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    April 20, 2012
  7. I generally go for a walk or read my emergency book (in the door of the car). Currently it is Riddle of the Sands and I have it there for just that purpose. I have been reading it for 3 years and am about half way through. If I go for a walk it is because I decide to, rather than be forced into it bookless. Much more enjoyable that way. I have felt your pain and am determined not to return to it. Just in case though – I might return here in a week or so and print off everything and put that in the car door pocket too. Thank you in advance.

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    April 20, 2012
  8. This post cracked me up. Hope it was a bit of light relief for you too. Blogging can be way too serious a business sometimes. Thanks

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    April 20, 2012
  9. This post cracked me up. Hope you found it a bit of light relief- blogging can be serious business sometimes. Thank you.

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    April 20, 2012
  10. Looved it! Great ideas! I personally choose to pray under a beautiful sky. Thanks friend ~Deborah

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    April 20, 2012
  11. I’m right with you–no book big panic time. BUT…I love to write…random phrases that cause me to laugh like a ridiculous hyena or really out there shit that anyone I said it too would call the pyschiatrist to sign the commitment papers. Sometimes observations oh my lord are best left to myself. I bought the small rectangular journals, thick with unligned paper, that hold together with a nice neat strap. I see them for props in movies etc. the pretentious characters always carry one around. I own black, brown, black paten leather, pink paten leather and red ones. I’m also now buying artistic ones, memo pads, my thoughts on good days from one end of the dialectic margin to the other. I never leave home without one of those either.

    “I saw her beautiful blonde hair shimmering as if it were yarn on LSD flowing out of her head, and when she turned around, sadly, I observed her face was a trainwreck.” not a thought to share. some might think it’s them or something.

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    April 20, 2012
  12. sylviemarieheroux #

    Oh my… I guess I should start taking lunch breaks again so I can read during one… I am a work-straight-through-the-day-and-eat-over-the-keyboard freak.

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    April 22, 2012
  13. I’d surf the internet looking for reviews to find more ideas about what to read next !

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    April 23, 2012
  14. I’d take number 3 and go to the bookstore – online if no real one available.

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    April 23, 2012
  15. Go outside, creep on Mother Nature, and call it photography. 🙂

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    April 23, 2012
  16. What’s a lunch break?

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    April 23, 2012
  17. When I forget my Kindle or book, I find that absence makes the heart grow fonder. It’s a delighful reunion when I finally get my hands on it again!

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    April 24, 2012
  18. Reblogged this on Inkings and Inklings.

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    April 28, 2012

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