<-- This is but one wall of my apartment.
I have several others. They are all lined with books, one way or another.
And not only this -- but the books that are there are SELECT.
As I once described the "saved" when I was a Christian -- these are "of the elect".
I have no qualms with donating books that I did not really enjoy. Over the past ten years, I would estimate that I have given away twice the amount of books that are seen against this one wall I have shown you.
These that remain are a part of the irreducible best aspects of who I am… who I have become, largely as a result of reading them.
I cannot imagine life without them.
There are times in the middle of the night when I awaken as though one was beckoning --- and sure enough, I get out of bed, click on the light, reach out -- and one of them tell me why sleeping was an inferior idea at that particular moment.
<-- This is my new car. A Mazda 3.
I know. It's sexy, am I right? I LOVE it.
I probably shouldn't say this, but I actually have HAD sex with the thing!
I paid over $22,000 for it one day, just over a month ago now. CASH. No payments. I own this car, flat out!
I've only put about 1,000 kilometres on it.
[I think I WALKED further than that at work today!]
Now -- here is the thing, my friends... my Bookloving friends.
If someone were to say to me right now -- "You've got three seconds to answer this question -- Your books or your car -- one of them's gotta go. Which is it?"
Two and a half……..
[There's me, at 3 a.m., thumbing through one of these beauties -- wondering how in the hell I'm going to get to work tomorrow…..]