I set out on what I thought would be an easy quest today that
left me more than a little confused. Earlier I had a brain storm
that Dad might like a book with pictures of old John Deere
tractors, and since Iowa is an agriculture state, figured
finding such a book would be a breeze.
The quest started at a local branch of a national book store
chain that claims to have over 1 million books in stock. I
waltzed through the doors assuming this would be a 5 minute
stop. Reality set in around that time frame as I was told by an
employee of the store that they stocked no books on farm
tractors old or new.
Not to be deterred I tried another book store with much the
same results. I did however find a book. Since I received such
funny looks when I referenced 2-cylinder John Deere tractors at
the first stop, I mentioned books on farming here.
There were many books in this section, like How to Raise
Chickens, Planting Seasons, Phases of the Moon, and the like.
My helper this time pointed to one coffee table sized book on
Modern Tractors. So I told her that since I was in the right
section I’d browse on my own.
And I did find a suitable book after some searching. The same
clerk was manning the register when I finished and we both got
more confused when I stated that one would think living in a
state that relies on agriculture for it’s very survival you could
find a book on tractors.
She replied that it wasn’t a popular subject like actors or
video game hacks. The sad thing is, she’s probably right. More
and more people don’t care about history or how things work,
only that they do work. On the bright side I guess people are
still reading something.
Enjoy our Monday. Here on the east coast of Iowa we’re a week
away from the Hot Rod Power Tour coming through and stopping at
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