I didn’t win anything in Atlantic City, but that’s OK. I lost about $120, plus another $20 bill that I just can’t find even though I know I didn’t spend it. I have to wonder if someone got a really good tip late in the day.
Tonight, despite the holiday, I had to go to class. But I had another bit of business to take care of, first. I had a little trouble doing my homework because there was a problem with one of my textbooks.
I’m not proud. I don’t have a problem with buying used textbooks. They’re a little bit cheaper, and often you can get a pretty clean copy. I don’t worry about highlighting or notes in the margins although I do ignore them; I have no idea whether or not the person who had the book ahead of me was a complete moron and highlighted all the wrong stuff. So I expect a few imperfections.
I expect highlighting.
I expect notes scrawled all over the book (one book of mine had football picks from some week last season).
I expect a little wear on the cover and a little dogearing or smudging on the pages.
However, silly guy that I am, I also expect that the book have all of its pages. It turns out that some of the pages in the book have these "quiz yourself" type of tests, where you figure out whether you’re a Type-A, whether you have good self-monitoring skills, and so forth. And furthermore it turns out that the pages are perforated for easy removal. So, they were removed easily, and because they’re not all together it wasn’t easy to figure out that pages were missing until you got to that spot.
Before class started I went to the bookstore (which, fortunately, is in the same building) and explained the situation. The attitude of the girl behind the counter was pretty much, "Hey, you gotta expect stuff like this with a used book." Um…no, no I don’t. She called over her boss, who told me to go get another copy and we’d make an exchange.
Naturally, there were no other used copies, so I had to get a new book and pay the difference. While the transaction’s being rung, the boss said something about how they’d have to look a little more carefully at the buybacks. Gee, ya think? How long have they been doing this, anyway?
So because of all this grief, and having to fill out paperwork because of the exchange (because I haven’t had enough crap to deal with), I wound up late to class and not quite prepared to discuss the reading. Bah. At least the assignment I handed in last week had nice comments on it, although I completely missed the point of part of the project. The professor is letting me re-submit that part, though, since it has to go into my online portfolio as part of the Administrative Certification process.
And, of course, next semester I get the syllabus early and buy my books via Amazon or eBay.