Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Nice Find

Today I devoted most of the day for an all day excursion with my wife to Charlottesville, Virginia to do some critical holiday errands, and though I was not expecting the day to be anything but a pleasant outing without the kids in tow, I did not expect anything in the way of my hobby to incite the bells and whistles this day...but I was mistaken! Thanks to Charlottesville's proximity to the University of Virginia, the downtown boasts a goodly number of used bookstores of truly high quality. I was just going to kill a few minutes while my wife was over in a yarn shop visiting a friend by stepping in to the wonderful "Blue Whale Books" next door.

I was not expecting to buy anything,
just a quick to look see... 

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a clean new copy of Knotel's "Uniforms of the World", 

and for only eight tiny dollars.

Away to the checkout I flew like a flash,
Tore open my wallet and drew out the cash.

The owner was skinny not chubby, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And ran my debit card, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, this card should work!

He sprang to his chair, to himself gave a whistle,
And away I flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere I walked out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

 ...for me I'll be tucked with this new treasure in my bed, 
while visions of new uniforms dance in my head...

Happy Holiday Hunting Everyone!

( sincere apologies to Clement Clarke Moore and my readers as I am no poet, it's true!) 


Prinz Ulrich von Boffke said...

What an incredible find. Bravo and enjoy!

Best Regards,


Mark Dudley said...


Just got back from Camping in Norfolk and bagged the same book for 6 English Pounds.