A few weeks ago, I posted about my friend Derek borrowing my Johnny Cash biography and not returning it. I wasn't really sure what to do as he had it for almost 2 years and was ignoring my requests to return it. I ended up e-mailing him and being very blunt that I was irritated that he hadn't returned it and was ignoring me.
It worked! Two days later I got an e-mail saying that he was sorry to have pushed me beyond the breaking point and had ordered me a brand new copy from Amazon and was having it shipped to my house.
Wow, I thought that was really nice and then I felt guilty about the e-mail I sent. But then I realized...he did keep me waiting a long time for something that is already mine. He also ordered me the soundtrack to Walk The Line, for my trouble! Sweet!
Yesterday, I got a package from Amazon. It's always exciting to open a package...but I was shocked when I saw the book fall out. It is so small! The copy I had previously was a nice large hardcover and this is a pocket-sized paperback. He did say we could switch next time we see each other if I prefer my original, but after the chaos that ensued before, I think I should be happy with the new one. It has the same words on the pages.