Two sad news in just a week or so. First it was closing of my most favourite bookstore chain – Borders and then Steve Jobs resigning from Apple’s CEO position.
Two news to make sure I feel bad this week.
Two things that really meant something to me in the past.
Borders – was the first bookstore I visited while in USA, since there was a store right below my department in college.
I have visited Borders, everyday for 2 long years and then atleast once in a week or two for the next two years. Now suddenly it has ceased to exist. I received an email from them saying they are closing down all the branches and I was shocked to read it. I never expected them to close down. The day I heard they were closing the one in my college was sad but then I was still okay with it, since my new place had a very huge Borders store. But now they are closing ALL their stores. Similar thing happened with Circuit city too. It was my favourite electronic store chain and when it closed down, it was really shocking. I bought my first ipod ever from Circuit City, after my crazy roomies and their friends decided to spend an entire night in front of it (Read this post here for details). I bought my first camera, handicam, another ipod, TV – literally everything from Circuit city. Only after they closed down, did I get into a Fry’s store. Fry’s and Best Buy were equally good, but Circuit City meant something to me.
Coming to Borders, it had “Seattle’s Best Coffee” shop in it. I used to have coffee in that shop everyday. Especially during my last few months in college, I was a regular visitor. After classes, before classes, before exam, after exam, before going to the lab, while working in the lab, before going home, just after coming from home – Borders was “the” place to hang out with my friends, classmates, co-workers in my lab or even sit and talk to professors. We even bought a flask there and would get some coffee refilled in the mug for less price. On the night before my final presentation, I drank a huge Javakula there and sat in a room preparing. The entire night I could not sleep and the next day I went with swollen eyes. Only later did I realize that it was not because I was tensed, but because I drank Coffee at around 8 in the night that I could not sleep. I never liked coffee before in my life and only drank it during exams. But now I am officially a coffee-addict, thanks to Borders and Seattle’s best coffee.
I have bought so many books from Borders. We would spend hours just walking along the aisles, staring and ordering books, buying bookmarks and all the cool stuff available there. My friend Sr once took me there to show me the first Sony e-reader on display there. We decided we would buy it someday. My other friend Sh, would accompany me to these shops and whenever there was a sales, we would end up buying some or the other book. Once Sr came and showed me a really cool edition of Stephen Hawking’s book that he got just for $10. The book looked so tempting with its glossy hardcover and beautiful illustrations that I ended up buying it that instant. I have bought so many maps from Borders, whenever I made any trip. I have been to Barnes and Noble too couple of times but there was something about Borders that attracted me towards it. I bought my 7th Harry Potter book from Borders (post). I bought a Harry Potter diary and some bookmarks and presented them to B, when he was leaving the town for good. I bought my entire Twilight collection, books like Alice in Wonderland, The Kite Runner, The Lost Symbol, The diary of Wimpy kid from Borders. The new arrivals and Bestsellers section were unbeatable, so was the section where the store workers would display their favourite books. I will miss Borders so much and I am in such a bad situation that I cannot even visit it or buy something from it for the last time 😦
Post by Titaxy on the same issue : Here
Being a proud owner of every Apple product that has been released to market, I can say that I am an Apple fanatic. I admire Steve Jobs for everything and feel so sad that he’s stepped down. Not sure if Apple will be the same again. Having used iMac, Mac Book Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod Nano, iPod touch in the past – I am not sure if any more revolutionary products are going to come in future from Apple. He has launched all the products himself. I had seen the iPhone and iPad one, but hadnt seen the other older ones. Check this link to see the videos of iMac, iPod etc launches. He is definitely the greatest CEO of the decade.
If you havent already seen Steve Jobs Standford Commencement speech, dont miss this : Youtube video
Check this too:
The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from the company’s iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores.
Sorry for your loss… you know what a cartoonist I know would say, “STOP buying things from your favorite stores… ” 🙂 That way they will survive..
Hmmm, bad attempt at humour, I know. I also have few favorite places. I have bought all mobile for my family n friends from same store since start of the world. Not that it is any different from other stores, it just feels good to have favorite places.
Thanks for the video link at end of post. On it now.
Haha.. “STOP buying things from your favorite stores… ”
that was a good one 🙂
But yeah all of us have us favourite stores right?
That video is quite good, the way he explains why everything happens for a reason. I have never used an Apple product but admire the huge number of fans it has. But personally, I am very happy with my Toshiba laptop and HTC phone. Seems more than sufficient for me 🙂 A strange coincidence of Google buying Motorola when this news breaks out – Did they know already?
Yeah I really like that video. You know you should try using atleast one of the Apple’s products. I can assure you that once you start using one of their products, everything else would look like very poorly designed. Their designing skills are unbeatable.
I did not notice that.. now that you mention it, maybe they knew already.. coincidence right? two news in the same week or so.
As you mentioned, I’ve been to Barnes and Nobles a couple of times too but can’t identify very strongly with that store. The feeling I get as I walk into a Borders store, as if I am entering a safe haven, doesn’t happen when it is any other store…at least not yet. So yeah, I am still so sad about them closing..and somewhere deep down hoping that they’ll change their mind (although, I know it’s definitely not possible).
oh yeah.. Wish they would change their mind. From past some days, I feel bad whenever I see an email from them, about book offers – the final set of offers..
Ahhh… Somewhat reminds me of the pain of Kathleen Kelly on the closing down of “The Shop Around the Corner”.
But aren’t you lucky to have all those memories from ‘Borders’ rather than having none at all ? Maybe that’s the way of life teaching us to hold some things even closer to our hearts. 🙂
Haha..I love that movie sooo much.
True I do feel lucky to have all those memories from Borders 🙂
Only thing I love about Apple is its stock price 😉
I am with you AK. Apple is seriously “Job”less right now … Steve Jobs reigned Apple … and his name will always be taken in synchronization with Apple …!!!
P.S. I desperately need a Macbook … Fell in love with it ever since I use it 😛 😉 … But for that I need to do something real bad with my Inspiron … And I don’t want to hurt it either .. lets see … funy world this is 😛 😉
That was a good one. <“Apple is seriously “Job”less “
You know what.. you should get a Macbook, it is totally worth it 🙂 Donate your Inspiron to some family member and get a Mac 😉
nice feel good..err..rather bad..good post 😀 😀 i cud almost visualise u roaming the corridors with a search in ur eyes 😀 😀
🙂 hehe.. thanks Gils
So what book are you reading these days?
Circuit city is still selling online now:)..closing of any shop makes me feel bad as its a sign of recession which is not stopping.
Yeah recession is just not ending.
Oh wow! I never knew that they were selling online. Was it always there? Thanks for letting me know Renu 🙂
all good things come ot a end .. its a saying which stands true …
and businesses are not doing that well these days as such .. The store closing I pity the people who worked in there more on losing the jobs what are they going to do …
You are so right.. the people who worked there will be affected the most, once a store closes. Really feel bad for those thousands of employees
It is really sad when one’s favorite hangout/store closes. to think about so many people losing their jobs 😦