Saturday, 10 March, 2012.
After a week of very erratic weather, ranging from summer-like heat to winter-like cold and including heavy storms, it was a great day here in Canberra.
I’d been here a week for an urgent work assignment. It had been demanding – mentally, and having to fit my insomniac and night-owl self into a 9-5 routine – but rewarding.
I had been very much looking forward to today as a sabbath, and originally I had planned to do nothing more than stay in my hotel room and relax in four-star luxury…
…but it was such a great day outside, and as the morning went by it seemed a waste not to do something more.
Finally, not long after noon, I decided to seize the rest of the day.
After all, the weather could turn crappy again tomorrow.
And Monday was also a public holiday, so there were two more opportunities to take it very easy.
Less than 15 minutes later, I did something I hadn’t done for hundreds of years since my University of Canberra days back in the late ’80s and early ’90s – got on an ACTION bus.
And less than 15 minutes after that, after a scenic express ride past some of the Australian Government’s corridors of power, I stepped off at the City Bus Station in Civic.
It was still a great day, and I smiled as I looked at nearby King O’Malley’s. I wasn’t hungry, but one of my favourite visiting places in Canberra was still bustling with a late lunch crowd and it looked very pleasant and welcoming.
There would certainly be time for King O’Malley’s later, though.
I walked into the part of Garema Place where three years earlier I’d had a very cathartic moment, and a few minutes later I stepped inside another establishment I always like to visit whenever I’m in Canberra – Clouston & Hall Booksellers.
About an hour and a half later, I re-emerged from Clouston & Hall.
I crossed back over Garema to King O’Malley’s, which was still quite lively, and went inside.
I grabbed a jug of diet cola, found a table in a cozy and secluded corner, poured myself the first of several glasses, and went to work.
First, I took out my notepad and opened it to the two-and-a-half pages of book titles I’d written while in Clouston & Hall.
Second, I took out my iPhone and went to Amazon.
Finally, I went down my notepad’s list, checked to see how many of those titles were available as ebooks, and added them to my Amazon Wish List.
And unlike the last time I’d done this exercise in King O’Malley’s, I was excited to find that most of the titles that I’d recorded were also available in ebook format.
It had been a very successful scouting mission indeed.
But that wasn’t all.
There were still 14 titles I’d written down that weren’t available in ebook format.
And my next payday is only a few days away.
I have another week left in Canberra, and the coach terminal from where I’ll be returning to Sydney is a short walk from Clouston & Hall.
And about halfway along that route is King O’Malley’s.
So, I have another day here in Canberra to very much look forward to, and even if the weather sucks that day it will still be great.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂