Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stacy's Last Days

I can't imagine they'll stay open much longer. I continue to be overcome with a sense of anxiety as I walk through the dessicated shelves. Few books remain. The few that do aren't exactly best-sellers. Yet Wednesday afternoon the place was packed with people buzzing around like starving vultures picking over the last inedible scraps of a wildebeest. True the place has nearly always been crowded since I first ventured in after hearing of their closing, but it was unusually so that day.

I discovered why when I went upstairs: Cara Black, a local mystery novelist was doing a lunch-time reading. Apparently it was the last one, according to the article in the paper the next day. The article also said that Stacey's pulled in $4.5 million in business last year, but it still wasn't enough to support such a large store in such a prime location.

Everything's 50% off now, if you can find something you'd like.

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In 1789, the governor of Australia granted land and some animals to James Ruse in an experiment to see how long it would take him to support himself. Within 15 months he had become self sufficient. The area is still known as Experiment Farm. This is my Experiment Farm to see how long it will take me to support myself by writing.