April 6th, 2005

books

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Man, what a boring day. It was, as they say in Ventura County, California, and outlying environs, duller than a dull thing that's dull. For whatever reason, I was the only employee (the only non-management employee, that is) in the store this afternoon, meaning I was more or less confined to the front third of the store, so as to stay close to the registers. I managed to keep busy for the first five hours or so, shelving books in the stacks near the front of the store, replenishing the end caps, straightening the impulse items stocked next to the registers, and even ringing up the occasional customer. But the customers were very occasional—I didn't even break a thousand bucks in sales—so by 5:30 or so I had pretty well exhausted all the opportunities for busy work. Luckily, the evening shift came in a half hour later, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was still pretty damn dull.

What's ironic is that there was a ton of stuff that needed to be done today. We got a truck yesterday evening, and we're inventorying the store tomorrow morning, so everything that came in on the truck needed to be shelved today. If we'd had a normal complement of booksellers today, I certainly would have been out on the floor all day shelving, which would have been fun. But no, I had to work the register. Which normally I don't mind, but it's just not that engaging an activity when there are no customers in the store.

Of course, tomorrow there'll be no customers in the store at all, at least while I'm there. So I'll get to spend my time running around the store, trying to help the folks from RGIS find ISBN numbers (yeah, I know, shut up) and performing spot recounts on some of the high-dollar-value shelves. Fun. And even more fun, I have to be there at 6 AM! Which means it's almost time for bed.
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Ten random things: April 6

Ten translations or interpretations of the sixth verse of the 23rd Psalm:

  1. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. (New Living Translation)
  2. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (King James Version)
  3. Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever. (American Standard Version)
  4. And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days. (The Douay-Rheims Bible)
  5. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Revised Standard Version)
  6. Surely, goodness and loving-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Jehovah for the length of the days. (Darby Translation)
  7. Truly, blessing and mercy will be with me all the days of my life; and I will have a place in the house of the Lord all my days. (The Bible in Basic English)
  8. Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the LORD's house forever. (Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible)
  9. Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (New Century Version)
  10. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. (The Message)

Every other month or so, I serve as liturgist or lay reader at my church. I found out earlier this evening that the next time I do so (April 17), I'll be reading the 23rd Psalm, so after choir rehearsal tonight I spent some time in the church library looking at different translations. The last few times I did the liturgy, I read from the New Living Translation, which I think works particularly well for reading aloud, but for this I think I'll stick with the RSV. The newer translations just don't sound right.

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