No Blank Notebooks

Self has a confession to make: she writes in blank notebooks.

She’s been doing this for decades. And she looks hard for just the right notebook.

It must be the right size: easy to slip into a handbag.

It can be any color. It can be spiral-bound or not.

But, it absolutely must have blank pages.

And, preferably, it ought to cost less than $10.

But, lately, she hasn’t been able to find blank notebooks. For some reason, the closest bookstore to her house, B & N, doesn’t carry them any longer. Every time self enters a store, she looks for the section carrying notebooks: but always, what she finds are the ones with the ruled pages. And she wonders: is this just further evidence of the shrinking inventories in California stores?

Today, she and hubby were in the city. We went to see Stella Kalaw’s Geography exhibit at the Rayko Gallery on 3rd (Closes Monday, hurry up and go see it!). From there we walked to the Bayanihan Community Center on Sixth and Mission, for the Growing Up Filipino reading. We had to pass the Museum of Modern Art and self asked hubby if we could stop to look around.

In the past, self has found great blank journals here. In fact, some of self’s favorite journals have been from the MOMA gift shop. Would you believe self, then, if she told you that today, in the entire Museum of Modern Art store, the only blank journals self found were thin ones of about 10 pages that cost $7.95 each? What a travesty!

Blank journals, have you gone the way of the Beard Papa next to the Redwood City Century 20 and Chocolate Mousse and Claire de Lune and Vic’s Family Restaurant in San Carlos? Alas, it would seem so.

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