The Greatest Used Book in History Continued: February 1988

This is the second installment of a dairy within the used book I purchased.  For the beginning of this fantastic journey, please read The Greatest Used Book in History or browse around this blog.


I may do a Valentines’s Day post but, knowing me, it could easily end up being about how I met some lunatic who kept screaming about how the government drank all of his milk and stockpiles time-machines.  At any rate, don’t get too hung up on the day itself.  Spend some time looking back on past loves, consider where you are now and ponder letting someone know if you fancy them.  We could all use a little affection, especially those of us who haven’t received much in recent history.  That’s probably more people than you would think too.

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34 Responses to The Greatest Used Book in History Continued: February 1988

  1. I can’t stand cats. But you have changed my mind. Bumble Bee Deluxe Tuna, please.

    • Posky says:

      God, I love Tuna from a can.

      Cats are great because they are either supremely cool or just too awful to even consider loving. I have cats that own my heart and others that I wouldn’t have second thoughts about eating.

  2. I just can’t decide what my favourite part of the book is…Pouncer having dried blood and feathers all over his head, burning the roast to cover the smell of the cat’s pee, or the chocolate cake all in her hair.

    Hmm…maybe it’s “Cliptail is an inspiration to me”.

    Yeah, that’s gotta be it…

  3. ian says:

    this poor woman just keeps falling further into full-fledged cat-lady status. it’s fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. she’s up with the times (VCR sale) and tries, but stumbles. how neurotic do you have to be to risk burning down your apartment instead of saying you were catsitting and the little furry bastards stunk everything up with their territorial pissings?

    • Posky says:

      VCRs were, I’m guessing, a lot more money in 1988. I currently own six and I don’t think I paid a dime for any of them.

      My friend’s all act like it’s hilarious but I have a serious addiction to old electronics, furniture and clothing.

  4. Cindy says:

    It’s sweet. Wish you could find her and give it back to her.

  5. Is this the diary of a cat hoarder?

  6. libraryscene says:

    Too funny ~ I smell a cat… you sure this isn’t your sisters or something… the story delivery is almost as clever as yours. VDay ~perhaps a post about the cat that got away ;)

    • Posky says:

      Both of my sisters have families that would keep them from becoming this person. Also, I don’t think they like chocolate cake that much.

  7. zoesays says:

    I am dying laughing and I am forwarding this post to everyone I know. This is flat out hysterical. Part of me feels really badly for this woman but another part of me wonders how she can be so clueless. The best two things are the fact that she doesn’t make any effort to clean up the cat pee and her eating the chocolate cake. WOW. Where did you find this book? At someone’s garage sale?

    • Posky says:

      The book was purchased as part of a $5 per bag book sale that basically included books that were no longer relevant to the surrounding area’s libraries. I also got a few medical books from the late 1800s and some odd novels from the 1920s.

      Please forward more of my posts to everyone you know. If I get a large enough readership, maybe I can make some money and do this every day. I, uh, promise to give you some of the money…

  8. Savoree LeDesir says:

    Some days I feel just like Pouncer, too! ;) I’m almost too embarrassed to admit I’m old enough to remember getting excited about Kevin Bacon movies, too. That’s good advice for handling Valentine’s Day, Matt.

  9. Calling her landlord a lion’s den was a bit harsh, I think.

  10. nursemyra says:

    I like your vagabond heart

  11. I’m trying to be patient here, but I’m failing. Please, oh PLEASE post her entry for the next month!!

    I just need to find out more about Pouncer…and also, more about her dates with Paul.

    • Posky says:

      If I got paid to do this, I could post things all of the time. Be patient, I’ll eventually post up the entire journal. I swear it.

  12. the master says:

    I’d just like to add my praise for your posting this diary. Aside from allowing me to indulge in the victimless crime of schadenfreude, I’ve actually learned something from it – that the smell of a burnt roast effectively covers all other pungent odours. The practical applications of this knowledge are incredibly significant!

    • Posky says:

      I’m not going to say that is or isn’t true. However, I’m not about to suggest that you rush out, buy a roast and try test that theory.

  13. eof737 says:

    Hi Matt,
    This is terrific and lucky devil you to have found that dairy in a $5 bag of purchases. I love cats and have one too. I’ll gladly share your series and read it too. Delightful!
    Glad to visit as I love your cartoons and posts. Will share … and I hope you get paid to do it too. :-)
    Thanks again for stopping by my blog to say hello….

  14. sarafina1977 says:

    Ok – any reference to Kevin Bacon being on Guiding Light makes my day! This was before IMDB – you had to know the Six Degrees of KB from MEMORY!

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  16. This is just getting better and better. Pouncer & Cliptail…fast becoming my favorite cat-people!

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  18. subWOW says:

    I do enjoy your drawings very much. The heart with the little bundle reminded me of the story you shared about running away… :-)

  19. cfbookchick says:

    I wonder how she got Carl Weathers to go see Action Jackson with her?

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