I'm in Las Vegas for the SDE Differentiated Instruction National Conference, at which I'm presenting a talk on Discovering Seuss: Using the Good Doctor in Your Classroom.
I'm lame. I don't drink. I'm too poor to gamble. I don't really enjoy crowds. And while I've met some very nice people we haven't made plans to hang out outside of the conference. So I'm alone a lot.
How alone? I went to the gym today. Yep, go to Vegas, go to the gym.
But that isn't the nerdiest thing I did today.
I was wandering around the Venitian looking for something to eat and I saw a sign for a place called I <3 Burgers. Sounds like my kind of place so I made my way in that general direction. By the way, one of the best, if not the best burger I've ever had. I got the Oregon Trail. So yummy.
On the way, I had to pass through some shops. Expensive shops. We're having a sale and you can get a shirt for only $99 shops. And in the midst of all these places a vision...
A Rare Book Store.
So in the middle of one of the prettiest, most expensive hotels on The Strip, I wandered around a rare book store, took pictures, and made small and not-so-small happy noises. Keep in mind, these are first editions and signed copies. These are crazy expensive, like with a comma, sometimes a big one. They are kept behind glass.
|Two Vonnegut books Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5. Signed and drawn in my the man himself. Come home with me.|
|First Edition Twains.|
|Chronicles of Narnia. Winnie the Pooh.|
|The Raven!!! With woodcut illustrations. Gah!|
|To Kill a Mockingbird. War of the Worlds. Huck Finn. Holy crap.|
|Catcher in the Rye!|
|Signed Maurice Sendak drawing of Max holding a sign, "For Jessica". Be on my wall. Now!|
|Honestly made an out loud happy noise at these.|
|Two first edition Seuss books. I could touch and smell them. They smelled wonderful.|
|Leather-bound Macbeth script. Shakespeare Works. Moby Dick.|
|Catch-22! The Shining. More excited about Heller, but King is great too.|
|Leather bound and embossed Tom Sawyer.|