While I was waiting, I went to Barnes and Nobel.
In there, I saw bookmarks. Bookmarks are useful to those who hate the idea of using something as mundane as a peice of paper. I think they're silly myself, but others don't, so I won't fault that. These looked like kute little fuzzy wuzzy teddybears. Okay, I think that's a bit too "Awwww!" for me, but some folks like that, so who am I to judge.
But..., that wasn't enough. The Teddy bears were all different colors and had zodiac signs on them. That's right, zodiac signs on them.
What is the point? We had all these different color teddy bear bookmarks. Isn't it enough to be able to pick your favorite color? No! Now you have to pick your zodiac sign too!
And, I'll bet you can guess that I hated the color for my own personal zodiac sign. I even didn't like the one for my secondary zodiac sign, because I'm born right on the cusp of Leo/Cancer. Not that I'd be inclined to buy a teddybear kutesie wootsie bookmark for any reason whatsoever, or for that matter, even to buy a "professional" bookmark, when a peice of paper or a paperclip is free, but the fact that if I did want to buy one, I'd be limited by choice of colors, because of a zodiac sign seemed pretty darned weird to me.
Oh, sure, I could buy the one in the color I wanted and say, "Don't care that it's for Aries, it's just a damned teddy bear bookmark," but then I'd have to deal with strangers looking at it and saying, "Oh, so you're an Aries!" then having to explain to them, I'm not, I just like the color.
And yes, for some reason, whenever I read in public, I'm an open target for total strangers coming up to me and deciding that I must be bored out of my socks to be reading a book, and therefore, feel it's their duty to chat it up with me.
Them: "Are you reading a book?"
Me: Baleful stare.
Them: "I read a book once. I think it was in 1996. It was pretty good if I recall. Are you enjoying your book?"
Me: "This sentence I've read for the sixth time is absolutely terrific."
Yeah, the last thing I need is to give them an opening to talk more about me.