"To open a bookshop is one of the persistent romances, like living off the land or sailing around the world."

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-Anatole Broyard, 'Kafka Was the Rage'

True? What are some others? Hunting for treasure? Opening a record store?

jergins, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 09:29 (sixteen years ago) link

yes, true. for me, yes to

bookshop
living off the land
hunting for treasure

and add

just walking away

lxy, Thursday, 3 May 2007 03:19 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah.

and add

just walking. walking and walking.

living in a train car

nonstop travel with my life in one suitcase

jergins, Thursday, 3 May 2007 09:19 (sixteen years ago) link

yes. yes.

another:

invent something... grand or important.

lxy, Friday, 4 May 2007 03:26 (sixteen years ago) link

start a business.

invent something otm

jergins, Friday, 4 May 2007 11:37 (sixteen years ago) link

start a business: yes. those sweet little specialty stores we went to on tammy's shopping day right before i left bln (bag age, mara schmuck) revived this fantasy for me. i just feel like i could do that shit better than so many of the people who are doing it, ya know? (not referring to the two mentioned above... those are great.)

open a dance club.

lxy, Friday, 4 May 2007 15:08 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah open a dance club. or do a dance monthly or weekly. i was thinking about 'sunday afternoon social' earlier tonight and how fun that'd be

jergins, Friday, 4 May 2007 19:42 (sixteen years ago) link

yes to sunday afternoon social; sounds very fun. this slots in with my new innovation, sunday night cocktails, the perfect answer to "sunday: the slow burn. "

monthlies check. weeklies check.

lxy, Friday, 4 May 2007 20:01 (sixteen years ago) link

sort of silly and decadent but:

live in a hotel. be super swanky.

lxy, Friday, 4 May 2007 23:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Owning a movie house in a smallish town and showing wonderful classic films that everyone in town has never seen, but comes to and loves.

Jaq, Friday, 4 May 2007 23:59 (sixteen years ago) link

that's lovely, jaq. there's a theater like that in dayton, wa (right, jergins?). well, he should tell you about it since he's been there and i haven't.

anyway, yes to that!

lxy, Saturday, 5 May 2007 02:11 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.libertytheater.org/images/marquee/marquee2.jpg

jergins, Saturday, 5 May 2007 11:09 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah dayton. they do arty movies and some popular movies and community theater. the inside is lovely.

i think maybe jaq and i talked about it once but there's a rundown old theater in the center of pasco with a great marquee, all boarded up iirc. maybe she told me it was going going gone? it was one of those theaters that makes you dream, though, at least from the outside.

jergins, Saturday, 5 May 2007 11:11 (sixteen years ago) link

We would park outside that Pasco theater on Saturdays when we'd go to the farmers' market. There were flurries of restoration activity, and long pauses of silence. Nothing could be seen through the windows, even where the brown paper was torn by the ticket window. I hope it opens someday with a grand fiesta and shows the films of Robert Rodriguez and Almodovar with episodes of a serialized telenovela to start each.

There's not much I would go back to the tri-cities for, but I would go back for this.

Jaq, Saturday, 5 May 2007 17:06 (sixteen years ago) link

my first thought is always HAVE a patron, but wouldn't it also be great to BE the patron?

in the perfect world, first HAVE, then BE. PERfect world.

lxy, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 04:44 (sixteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I will someday open a restaurant based on the principles of SAME (so all may eat). Two kinds of delicious stew or casserole (veg and not veg), maybe a salad, a freshly baked bread of some kind, butter, water, milk, or tea to drink, a simple dessert. Everyone pays what they can, everyone eats. Lunch and dinner only, maybe just on weekends at first, or a few days a week. Checkered table cloths and a comfy relaxed atmosphere.

Jaq, Wednesday, 6 June 2007 23:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Jaq, I love your thinking. Your restaurant sounds much like my fantasy restaurant, which is called Kitchen. Super simple, cute. I never thought about what people would pay -- my fantasy is limited to the design and the fare -- but the principle of SAME sounds like a terrific one, so that is now officially part of my fantasy.

lxy, Thursday, 7 June 2007 04:32 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

live in an industrial part of town with no neighbors, other than daytime industry. be loud and carefree. have dance parties. make art. be self-sufficient.

lxy, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 03:37 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...

GRIND:
GET
OUT
OF
IT

lxy, Monday, 8 October 2007 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

otm

jergins, Monday, 8 October 2007 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

this 40 hours a week bullshit is horeshit

jergins, Monday, 8 October 2007 17:48 (sixteen years ago) link

fuck, 40+, 45-50 soon

jergins, Monday, 8 October 2007 17:48 (sixteen years ago) link

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2155/1553099623_5b6a2875e4.jpg?v=0

lxy, Friday, 12 October 2007 17:18 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

find an abandoned cabin in the woods
fix it up and provision it, but invisibly, subtly, so no one can tell
go there when the time comes to disappear
or when everything falls apart

lxy, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

fuck, 40+, 45-50 soon

― jergins, Monday, October 8, 2007

oh shit here we go again

jergins, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

marry an heiress

gr8090, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

an awesome cute and smart heiress

gr8090, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

is wanting to open a bookshop really that common of a thing? doesn't seem like it.

Lingbert, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

not for illiterates, no

jergins, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

what about literates?

Lingbert, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:57 (fifteen years ago) link

i have a pact with my girlfriend where if were both unhappy with our career/life situation in 5 years were going to move somewhere sort of rural, maybe upstate new york or southern new jersey or somewhere in rhode island, and open a tiny little restaurant/bar with my dad as the chef with no more than 5-6 tables and just one menu every day based on what we can scrounge up and well just close the restaurant when we run out of ingredients

max max max max, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

um thats a little more complicated than the actual pact which is just that well open a small business if we hate our lives in five years

max max max max, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

opening a bar is probably a bigger fantasy for me than opening a bookstore, but bookstore rates pretty high

max max max max, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

i have been thinking about this a lot because it turns out that living in the real world and having a job is not as much fun as fucking around in college

max max max max, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

i liked your boats/sorta freedom/port post. thanks.

jergins, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

thanks j, i always feel really embarrassed after i barf up those long nervous personal posts about the music that i like

max max max max, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 20:50 (fifteen years ago) link

boats/sorta freedom/port post

referring to what, pls

lxy, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 03:12 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...

paint the brick wall outside the hotel window

lxy, Monday, 2 February 2009 07:22 (fifteen years ago) link

w00ds admitted he is totally stuck and going crazy. it was 'a moment' as he might say

jergins, Monday, 2 February 2009 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link

maybe he will live off the land or just walk away

lxy, Monday, 2 February 2009 23:33 (fifteen years ago) link

?

lxy, Monday, 2 February 2009 23:55 (fifteen years ago) link

seems like one of those

jergins, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link

six years pass...

find an abandoned cabin in the woods
fix it up and provision it, but invisibly, subtly, so no one can tell
go there when the time comes to disappear
or when everything falls apart

― lxy, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 10:07 AM

jergins, Monday, 13 April 2015 03:43 (eight years ago) link

live in an industrial part of town with no neighbors, other than daytime industry. be loud and carefree. have dance parties. make art. be self-sufficient.

― lxy, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8:37 PM (7 years ago)

jergins, Monday, 13 April 2015 03:47 (eight years ago) link

lxy is cool

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 13 April 2015 23:18 (eight years ago) link

<3 harbl

we're nearly halfway there!

lxy, Saturday, 18 April 2015 14:57 (eight years ago) link

i have been thinking about this a lot because it turns out that living in the real world and having a job is not as much fun as fucking around in college

― max max max max

obv Max is unquestionable but ftr this is not my experience

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:06 (eight years ago) link

max is a little questionable ime:

might as well just vote in the nazis and have done with it

― 8====D ------ ㋡ (max), Saturday, January 24, 2009 9:27 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(he said that about ME!)

lxy, Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:32 (eight years ago) link

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esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:46 (eight years ago) link

six years pass...

https://bookriot.com/owl-pen-books-for-sale

mookieproof, Friday, 6 August 2021 10:43 (two years ago) link

the other day i said to lxy we should open an english language bookstore in montevideo but then explained it would lose money always and we’d have to actually work there and she said nahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

jergins, Friday, 20 August 2021 05:48 (two years ago) link

maybe in BA

i have worked in several bookstores; it is pretty decent

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 August 2021 02:34 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

does everyone on some level wish they were a librarian?

lxy, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 15:06 (one year ago) link

i have before but i don't think i'd like it

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 22:31 (one year ago) link

ok but what is your dream job

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 May 2022 02:58 (one year ago) link

hmm let me try that again

https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=40&threadid=23182

Tracer Hand, Friday, 20 May 2022 13:19 (one year ago) link

goddamn it

Tracer Hand, Friday, 20 May 2022 13:20 (one year ago) link

good thread

lxy, Friday, 20 May 2022 23:47 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

we are doing this. not off the grid by any means, just a different one. better, we hope. and no grand plans for opening any shops, etc., just making a new life in a new place. destination amsterdam, spring 2023. start making plans to see us there or meet up nearby!

lxy, Monday, 13 February 2023 03:52 (one year ago) link

are u 4 real

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 07:43 (one year ago) link

we just said goodbye to the jarbl, this is getting really real

lxy, Saturday, 25 February 2023 19:03 (one year ago) link

!

Hard to wrap my brain around you two not being in seattle.

toadstool might (tehresa), Sunday, 26 February 2023 01:32 (one year ago) link

this is so amazing and exciting! and weirdly sad too even though seattle is a million miles from here, but i know we will meet again which is joyful and i wish you both a wonderful new life <3

estela, Saturday, 4 March 2023 00:23 (eleven months ago) link

i still don't know what a jarbl is, except that i think i'm taller than it?

mookieproof, Saturday, 4 March 2023 00:45 (eleven months ago) link

i think it’s a harbl-designed or introduced jar for catching fruit flies so if that’s correct it’s probably quite short

estela, Saturday, 4 March 2023 02:40 (eleven months ago) link

tbf harbl is quite tall. but so am i

at the risk of needlessly referencing 'highlander' this seems like 'the quickening' in which we all converge on amsterdam, but to have beers instead of behead each other

mookieproof, Saturday, 4 March 2023 03:06 (eleven months ago) link

our house is for sale now, it’s a very strange feeling. maybe someone will buy it? i don’t know.

lxy, Monday, 13 March 2023 23:02 (eleven months ago) link

oh wowow
and our heights are marked in the basement in perpetuity

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 24 March 2023 01:22 (eleven months ago) link

they made it through our cleaning (of course), agent’s cleaning, staging, viewing, offer, second offer, counteroffer, mutual acceptance, and pending. next up, inspection, appraisal, and sale (knock on wood fingers crossed). so far so good!

sandboxlers forever!

lxy, Friday, 24 March 2023 16:02 (eleven months ago) link

i just regret mookieproof and deems didn’t come to have their heights recorded. there’s
still a little time?

lxy, Friday, 24 March 2023 17:12 (eleven months ago) link

i was sure mookie's was there?

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 25 March 2023 01:31 (eleven months ago) link

hmm

lxy, Sunday, 26 March 2023 15:40 (eleven months ago) link

I checked and no, which I'm actually glad about because otherwise it would mean I am having major memory failures.

lxy, Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:46 (eleven months ago) link

i had beers in seattle but no measurements

perhaps we might do both in amsterdam?

mookieproof, Monday, 27 March 2023 04:07 (eleven months ago) link

definitely! <3

lxy, Monday, 27 March 2023 19:22 (eleven months ago) link

well now I'M having major memory failures ;_;

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 29 March 2023 01:37 (eleven months ago) link

yeah but not about something you experienced + something you walk past multiple times a day!

lxy, Wednesday, 29 March 2023 03:12 (eleven months ago) link

true i guess it would be only a very minor memory failure

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 29 March 2023 22:15 (eleven months ago) link

lxy has sold our data but we still <3 her vv much

estela, Saturday, 8 April 2023 00:43 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

<3 the data has been preserved and will travel with is where ever we go.

we’ll leave this house forever on june 5 and leave this country not forever (but maybe we’ll never live here again) on june 13ish.

lxy, Friday, 12 May 2023 19:15 (nine months ago) link

v. jealous

mookieproof, Sunday, 14 May 2023 01:04 (nine months ago) link

just walking away

― lxy, Wednesday, May 2, 2007 11:19 PM (sixteen years ago)

spite n ease (harbl), Sunday, 14 May 2023 19:05 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

getting close. this has been hard but i know it’ll be worth it.

lxy, Friday, 9 June 2023 01:24 (eight months ago) link

<3

toadstool might (tehresa), Sunday, 11 June 2023 14:48 (eight months ago) link

bon voyages

mookieproof, Sunday, 11 June 2023 23:37 (eight months ago) link

best best wisjes and so much love <3

estela, Tuesday, 13 June 2023 07:36 (eight months ago) link

sandbox, we made it

lxy, Friday, 16 June 2023 08:50 (eight months ago) link

pix or it didn't happen <3 <3 <3

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 June 2023 05:12 (eight months ago) link

why is everything to do with getting or getting rid of a home so stressful?

lxy, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 08:25 (eight months ago) link

i took myself to the apple store to buy EU plugs for my devices. now i am a dutch?

lxy, Thursday, 22 June 2023 14:03 (eight months ago) link

you aren't truly dutch until you post on de subjectivisten

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 26 June 2023 11:03 (eight months ago) link

lxy is a dutch treat

estela, Tuesday, 27 June 2023 15:05 (eight months ago) link

love you all, miss you all

lxy, Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:25 (eight months ago) link

<3

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 30 June 2023 01:50 (eight months ago) link

let op!

drempels

mookieproof, Friday, 30 June 2023 02:25 (eight months ago) link

updates pls!

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 02:35 (seven months ago) link

we move in to our apartment tomorrow! one month and one day after we left our house for the final time. it has been a ~journey~ in all the ways.

lxy, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 17:59 (seven months ago) link

pretty sure our jergins has changed his mind about this one:

nonstop travel with my life in one suitcase

― jergins, Thursday, May 3, 2007 2:19 AM (sixteen years ago)

lxy, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 18:00 (seven months ago) link

and i have definitely changed my mind about this:

live in a hotel. be super swanky.

― lxy, Friday, May 4, 2007 4:41 PM (sixteen years ago)

friends, it is not swanky.

lxy, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 18:03 (seven months ago) link

we once did six weeks in a damp grimy room in a comfort inn in orlando so i second this

estela, Saturday, 8 July 2023 05:30 (seven months ago) link

magic kingdom my arse sez u

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Saturday, 8 July 2023 19:47 (seven months ago) link


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