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I went to the thrift shoppe over the weekend and acquired some things. a whole bunch of vhs tapes, a cowboy movie dvd 12 pack, some books, some 8-track tapes, two 8-track players, and an analog stereo receiver/amplifier. it was one of their occasional half-price sales where everything in the store was half off their already cheap prices, so I went a bit nuts and filled a cart up. any crap i don't end up wanting to keep can just be dropped back off anyways lol
I got one book about a ranch in Wyoming I was excited about, but it turned out not to be so great afterall. she was a carpetbagger from new york who had enough money to hire help to do most of the actual hearth-and-home work while she just larped around being *super understanding* with animals in that insufferable way all women think of themselves as. a bunch of other crap about her playing the piano and composing which I found mildly interesting but in this particular book I wanted more in the way of prairie calamities and wild stallions kicking each other to death etc.
Another book I picked up was a chinese peasant lady's memoirs of hating the japanese invasions and scrubbing floors in early 1900s china so that one should deliver a bit more of the type of pathos I'm looking for. Also an autobiography of sorts assembled from Khrushchev's writings but I'll need to cross-reference it with a proper biography (read one once at my folks house, have to ask them for it), since he's anything but a reliable narrator when describing the motivations and meanings behind events. still gives me a wry little smile in the meantime to read him making excuses for why that Wasn't Real Leninism
At this point I have a fairly extensive collection of cheesy 80s VHS tapes, most from the thrift store for practically nothing, a few rare choice ones from Ebay. It's an affectation, I'll freely cop to that, but it's kind of fun and I consider it somewhat compensates for the otherwise austerity of my tedpilled personal apartment with no internet, no netflix, no judaism. Mates and I are doing The Big Lebowski this weekend. I want to do Mad Max next, might substitute Starship Troopers instead.