We went to Barnes and Noble the other day with the purpose of buying a birthday present for a friend and allowing Dimples to burn some more gift card money.
Dimples, who is 9, decided to buy herself something she had been craving for a couple of months – a Hexbug.
For those of you who have not been introduced to this
pest toy, the Hexbug is a battery-operated creature that will run around your house, looking like a neon mutant survivor of a nuclear holocaust.
This purchase disturbed me for a few reasons.
First of all, as regular readers know, we already have tarantulas, snakes, and unidentified rodents prowling our abode. Not to mention our two dogs and a fish. I don’t really see why we need to introduce another living thing into the mix.
B.) I don’t understand the appeal of a moving creature that does not respond to its name or to a remote control. The fish also falls into this category, but at least he is pleasing to the eye.
3.) I am really, really tempted to step on this blasted blue bug or feed it to Wonderbutt. Which would upset Dimples. But it might make for some good video as it crawls through the dog’s digestive tract.
The real thing that makes me sad is that Dimples got this at Barnes and Noble.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about technology. But it’s a little depressing to walk through a Barnes and Noble these days, and find that less than half the store is actually dedicated to selling tangible books that you can thumb through and re-shelf in the wrong place.
I remember the first Barnes and Noble in town. It started as a place with books, music, and a café. Perfect. A literary/music/coffee lover paradise. The Cap’n and I went there on one of our first dates.
Then games started to creep in. Some time last year, the tiny game and toy section that used to consist of a couple of bookshelves and a table became a section as large as the cafe.
Then the Nook section began to
infest the place take over. It went from a small counter somewhere in the middle of the store to a huge counter at the front of the store to what is now 1/3 of the store with a pod for people to try out the product, false walls displaying Nooks on shelves, and an actual area for “Nook Classes” smack in the middle of the store.
I have been known to read a book or two on my iPad when I am traveling. I am not opposed to electronic books. But I find it more than slightly ironic that virtual books are about to take up more space in the bookstore than the physical ones.
As for Hexbugs, I don’t really know what to say about that. The good news is that Dimples only headed for that area after she bought the books she had been wanting. So, it appears that she has her priorities somewhat straight.
At least she did until she bought the “fart” putty in the “dollar” section at Target.