I checked in at ebay.com, and found to my delight that both auctions I'm running have bids. My auction of my electric football field CD, proceeds to benefit the tsunami folks has garnered a bid of ten dollars. My auction of a Soltis chess book about the 1...g6 opening system, proceeds to benefit the modestneeds.org group pointed out by theodicy already has a bid of six dollars. I like this idea of auctioning for charity.
I realize that I have tons of chess books about systems I don't play. I plan to auction them all off, some for myself, and some for charity. Then I'll buy the many fewer books about systems I actually do play. This is not only an exercise in de-clutter,but also in focusing my chess on my strengths. I need the Colle/London/Stonewall book, and more good books on the Slav and Caro-Kann. I don't need incredibly intricate books on King's Indian systems I can't play. I wish I knew of a good book on the Geller Slow System. I am not well-booked on this.
My copy of the "Dead Texan" arrived, after I ordered it from a link graciously provided by Mr. Asphalt Eden. Tomorrow I will have drive time ambient mime sublime.
It sounds like my trip east will fall just after one snow and just before another. I hope I am that fortunate. I leave Texas just as warm weather sets in, and return after the cool returns, so karma or inauguration or auguring or something.
Tonight I formatted a poetry chapbook for entry in a poetry competition. I've never done competitions before, always doing simple individual submissions. If I don't win--and I doubt that I would win--maybe I'll just print it up myself.