Old time friend and customer Rick Kennedy wrote recently and while he was at it, ordered a copy of the great green hardbound, Mannheim 1914. On the enclosed card were the words PEACE, ironic because Mannheim in 1914 was anything but peaceful, as he noted.
I see it has been November since I last wrote on this Blog, but I’ve kept on writing, just in emails.
We have been “warned” that we may get a little snow this Friday or this weekend. So far I see nothing, which is OK with me although I love the Christmas Cards with snow on them.
I don’t want or need snow-shoveling!
2-3 weeks ago I discovered pain in my right hip and right leg. What a drag. At first I thought it might be the hip replacement thing, but, thank God it wasn’t. Something they call osteo-arthritis. Had never heard of it. But after an MRI it turns out to be the compression of a nerve on my right side (in my back). Tylenol alternated with Ibuprofen helps as well as occasional pain patches, BUT, Man oh man. I also have stairs to climb so I want to wish sympathy and prayers to anyone who may have something like this! And, Merry Christmas (of course I am sitting down right now). I believe surgery is being scheduled… so, I need to sell stuff.
For a couple week boxes of books were pouring onto my porch, right and left. We are almost caught up with everything the publishers have been cranking out, so, your orders are welcomed.
The Chess Festival February 16-18 is only a couple months away! I contacted Leigh at the Ramada Inn (563-355-7575) and she said only 1 had reregistered so far! I couldn’t believe it! This doesn’t count the rooms I have to cover for Simon and Andrew. Sure, February is a winter month but why take chances? I don’t know what to say. Help me on this!
I will be putting out a SPECIAL sales list today to all those on my mailing list. I am flooded with books, and I will be offering them at good prices. What is amazing to me, as I go through them, is how good they are! If you have any time at all to read this Season, you could stock up on some of the best delights I have ever offered. It’s even fun to REVIEW them!
However, after last weekend, a lot of things are missing (sold out) but some have been rectified! For example, I am getting more books from The Chess Player, and already some of them are in low quantities, and one is even sold out because of me! I think it might be the IM Imre Koenig book. So if you get a chance, check your email box today, where I will have more to say (too much to keep track of).
In case I don’t get back to the BLOG this month, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!