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A Very Busy Weekend, With Damaged Books

As I mentioned on Friday, a bit of Town Meeting/Library Trustee business threatened to fill up my time. But no matter what might happen in the world, Nomi and I always have Friday night and Saturday off, because, of course, of shabbat.

Nomi and I had a very nice shabbat. On Friday night, we ate dinner at the home of our friends the Cypesses, and we met a most fascinating visitor to Boston for the year, an air force chaplain who has been sent to study at Boston University. You don't meet too many Orthodox Jewish rabbis from the air force.

Shabbat lunch we were invited to the home of the Weinbergers, a family we're been meaning to have lunch with for a very long time. The food was delicious, and the conversation flowed.

Finally, back at Kadimah, I gave a talk on this week's Torah portion, Vayeira. My father died many years ago on the shabbat of this parsha, which includes the story of Abraham arguing with God about Sodom and Gommorah. I based my talk on the question, "Shall not the judge of all the Earth deal justly?" and used it to discuss both my father's love and pursuit of justice and my own belief that God created the world with scientific principles and laws that we can trust in.

When shabbat ended, I discovered two things that had developed over the day to press upon my time.

The first one had to do with town politics, more of the same from Friday.

The second one is best described on the Apex Digest blog, under the post The Battering of Burstein. The basic facts are that two of the boxes of autographed hardcovers of I Remember the Future that Nomi and I packed up very carefully, with the same padding in which they arrived at our home, ended up arriving at the publisher in damaged condition. One of the boxes was apparently completely sealed and intact, but with nothing in it. Needless to say, this has both of us distraught on many levels; Nomi and I went to great effort to take these 30 pound boxes to the Post Office, and I can't understand how one box could end up empty and sealed in transit unless someone stole the contents within.

If you see signed and personalized copies of the book being offered anywhere, I'd appreciate it if you'd alert me immediately. And if you're inclined to purchase a ticket in the Apex raffle for any of the items they're offering, Apex and I would both appreciate it.

Anyway, the rest of Sunday worked out nicely. Nomi and I went to the movies, saw many friends, and caught up on a little television. But for the rest of the week I have Town Meeting, so expect me to be scarce.

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What movies?
The same movie everyone else in the United States went to see this weekend: Quantum of Solace.
I am gathering opinions on the matter. How was it?

And what about the Trek trailer? I have heard a couple of rather disquieting things, so much so that I haven't made myself watch it online yet. Your thoughts as a fellow old school Trekkie are welcome.
I enjoyed the movie and felt it was worth seeing in the theater. Of course, we did go to a matinee, and we paid matinee prices.

As for the Trek trailer, I found it exciting and interesting, but parts of it do have me worried as to how the movie will turn out. The opening surprised me; I wasn't expecting what I saw to be the Star Trek trailer.

All that said, I can't imagine not going. I mean, if Nomi and I bought the Star Trek cookbook and went to see Nemesis in the theater, we're not exactly going to stay away from the new Star Trek movie no matter what the reviews say.
The only way I stay away from the film in the theaters is if I don't get to it the first weekend and hear from you and every other Trekkie I know to avoid it. Qualms or not, I cannot see that happening.

Oh, no! Now I'm really, *really* glad I got my book on election day. *hugs*
Your bad luck with the USPS is stunning. I think you may have offended an elder god or two. Sacrifices are in order. We should start with Robert Reed, continue on to Cory Doctrow, and if that doesn't do the trick, offer up a few more prolific authors.
Re: the box of books: Yikes! Smells like a theft to me. Gee whiz, I'm sorry about that! I've posted the press release to my LJ. Maybe it'll drum up more raffle sales.

Edited at 2008-11-17 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate your spreading the word.
On the bright side, you know you've arrived as an author when they start selling your books on the black market. Right?
That stinks about the books. May the missing boxes show up with the signed copies undamaged.
>>If you see signed and personalized copies of the book being offered anywhere, I'd appreciate it if you'd alert me immediately.<<

Nothing yet after a brief search using my Library Search Fu, but if I find anything I'll tell you ASAP.
Yikes on the missing and damaged books!
Bastards! I hope they turn up, undamaged.
I posted about this last night on booksbynight and its "out-in-the-wide-world" mirror on WordPress.

Anything else we can do to help?
That's horrible! I'll set up a search on MyEbay with the specifics and see if anything comes up. That makes no sense how a box could go out, be weighed to show it has that many pounds of books, and arrive sealed and EMPTY??? I sincerely hope they're ripping the PO a new one.

eta: There's only one up on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Michael-A-Burstein-I-REMEMBER-THE-FUTURE-mint-ARC_W0QQitemZ110310856376QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Fiction_Books?hash=item110310856376&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 but I have to wonder how they got it. It doesn't seem to be autographed, though.

Edited at 2008-11-17 10:43 pm (UTC)
Have you filed a report with USPIS yet?

http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/mlntrcvd.aspx
That's awful! Something similar happened to us after we got married... sdavido shipped a box of our wedding CDs to his parents in Ohio, to distribute to friends and family. The box arrived damaged and mostly empty. The USPS basically shrugged. And several of them did turn up on EBay a few years later. (Nothing quite as creepy as seeing a stranger selling something you made yourself, that has your home address on it...)
Yikes! Did you have shipping insurance?
yikes, eeep and argh!
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