Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why I Don't Read the Local News...

So two nights ago, S called me with some terrible news...

The Bookstop on Sheperd was officially closed.

Sidenote: I love bookstores. I love the way they smell. I could seriously sit in a bookstore for days and never leave. I even met S at a bookstore (random, I know)!


This book store was in an old movie theatre and it was just fantastic. I'll be honest...they didn't have the largest selection in town, but it was pretty close and they always had the books you wanted to read. If for some reason they didn't have something, they would find it for you. Plus, they had employee reviews of children's books. My favorite was a review of Where the Wild Things Are and the employee wrote "AHHHHHHHHH! MONSTERS!" So, yeah, this wasn't news I took lightly.

Back when the book store was a theatre. Cool, huh?

Anyhow, after this news I start scouring the interwebs for some sort of information. I mean, I was just at this book store a couple of weeks ago and I hadn't heard anything about it even MAYBE closing. (Seriously, I pass this place 8 times a week...shouldn't someone have posted a sign or something???) So I go to our local newspaper's website...NOTHING. Not even a note at the end of the webpage. NOTHING.

So today I go to look again and I found a paragraph-long article about this Houston gem closing. That's it.


But while I was there a headline on the sidebar caught my attention "Feral hogs can impair health" and so I clicked on it, intrigued. I stopped reading once I read the title: "Don't play with filth: As one Tomball resident can attest, the mishandling of feral hogs can severly impair one's health." Thanks, chron.com for that helpful reminder. Last I checked, Houston was the nation's fifth largest city or something...are feral hogs really that big of a problem? And why are people going around touching them?

28 comments:

Miss Emily Anne said...

I go to that PetSmart next door weekly... I had no idea the book store was closing! So sad :(

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

omg. that is not real. I'm sorry but you're not making a convincing case for texas. Although I do like that bookstore.

the future mrs Hinz said...

um thats the biggest pig ever...scary!

amy kelinda said...

HOLY MOLY THAT PIG IS HUGE. And ugly. Eww.

I used to work around the area and would drive past that bookstore all the time! What a bummer that it's closing and I've never even been inside. I'm thinking that with so many other bookstores popping up (Half Price Books and mega chains like B&N and Borders), that one probably just couldn't keep up. Sad! It reminds me of that movie You've Got Mail, where Meg Ryan's little bookstore gets run out of business because of Tom Hank's new bookstore.

Cee said...

feral hogs? wtf?

I've never seen a feral hog in my whole life. If I did see one however, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't touch it.

Dollface said...

yikes! what is that monstourous thing?! is that real? I am sad about your bookstore closing though.... xxxxooo

Gin said...

Okay, I'll admit that we live in a Houston suburb so it's not like we see herds of them crossing Westheimer or anything, but there are packs of wild pigs that roam around out where we are. And dude, if you've ever seen those ugly things en masse, I don't know why you'd want to mess with them, because they are GROSS.

Ashley said...

Ahhh I love the smell of bookstores, too : ) Thanks for making me feel a little less nerdy. So sad about that one closing - it looks like it was a gem! I love repurposed buildings!

Just Add Walter said...

what in the world is that thing!?!!?!? no way it is real! and did that boy kill it?? that is sad... poor ugly pig couldn't run very fast I am sure... however if I ever ran into a pig like that in the woods I am pretty sure I would have a heart attack... so maybe I am glad the pig is dead...

Samma said...

I adore bookstores- one of my happy places (such places also include big Whole Foods locations). So sad to hear of the demise of that one- it looks especially neat.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

I love bookstores, too! I hate to see them close. We have one built in an old movie theater, too, but it's just a Bookstar.

Also, that hog is unbelievable! I had no idea they could get that big, but I feel sorry that it appears to have suffered its demise. I cannot imagine running into one in the woods - it looks like it could eat a human!

Melli said...

My heart just stopped. I spent some dateless Saturday nights wandering around the Bookstop in my 20's. And how about Sunday mornings when they had all the papers stacked up by the doors in the back? So sad. Loved Bookstop.

Sassy Chica said...

Bummer, they closed the bookstore. I too love to hangout and skim though various titles!
That hog or what ever it may be is enormous...

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

Beth Dunn said...

I think a lot of businesses are having problems but it is always sad! that hog is beyond scary I actually never knew they were that big. xoxo

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

What an awesome bookstore...how sad that it closed, and that the newspaper didn't even give it the proper salute! And the hog thing totally cracks me up...really?!

landlocked bride said...

I love the smell of old bookstores, too!

And, really? Feral pigs? Bahahaha!

anotherfishinthesea said...

so so sorry, that stinks about the bookstore. we have a fabulous used bookstore in my town that i lurrrve.

also that swine is disgusting. is it really, really for real?

Jennifer said...

is that a real pig? are you kidding me? so sad the bookstore closed...we need more of them!

FashionAddict said...

Is that a pig or a buffalo??!! I like how the kid still has the gun in hand, LOL. Is it just me or are dead things not meant to be leaned on? I won't even touch dead bugs!
Anyways, that's sad about the bookstore closing. There's something special about non-corporate bookstores, and it looks like that one was even more unique since it used to be a movie store.

Kassie said...

i'm in love with bookstores as well, and to see such an amazing one gone would be awful!!

Miss Kriss said...

Okay, I'm just going to throw it out there. I'm from Alabama and I have never seen a freaking pig that big!! For real. I don't blame you -- I don't think I'd read the paper anymore either.

Jane said...

I love little book stores! They do smell so great! And that is a very large pig. Hmmm...

Jill said...

that last photo literally made me say "JESUS CHRIST!" out loud. woke up my dog.

Lindsay said...

where the wild things are is my favorite!!! have you seen the trailer for the movie?? amazing! I love books!

Summer @ B is for Brown said...

i am so sorry the bookstore is closing. i know that sucks bad bad.

no comment on the pig and why someone killed it.

Midtown Girl said...

Whoa - that is a crazy pic!?! I', still staring at it!! LOL

I once met a cute guy in a bookstore once, who later ended up ruining the vibe at this particular location. Next time Ill just pay attention on the books!

Sorry to hear about the closing ;-(

XOXO MG

Perfectly Pleasant said...

I love bookstores too! But that other thing you have a photo of might haunt my dreams...

happy_wife said...

I don't know how to say this. It has been going so well...until now. The Husband has also kilt pigs and deer and boar and bambi alike...and with the rutabaga connection I felt we had something special.

I also love.love.love books. I love to read, obsess about what I have read and roam around book stores so much that your friend and mine, Jenn once wondered around a bookstore on a Friday night. It.Was.Great.

However.....ever since your "theatre" comment?

"Theatre"? I thought better of you.