“…when I opened this book, and it was dead on the money.”

I wanna say it was three separate times I went to different thrift stores and two times I was with a friend. And it was so bizarre. There was – what was it? There was a kid’s book, ’cause we were just screwing around at Goodwill and we were looking at stuff and some goofy things. And I looked at a book, and I was like, “2005.” And he was like, “What?” I’m like, “That book was printed in 2005.” And he was like, “Alright, I’m gonna guess 2008 then.” ‘Cause my friends all know that I collect books, antique books and kind of like you know, will go off my immediate prediction. 2005! It was 2005. It was real weird. I could not tell you why I guessed that date. The subject matter – I don’t even remember what book it was, there was nothing that would have immediately tipped me off consciously. Another one was some – oh, it was an educational book. This one was a little easier because it mentioned the Soviet Union. So that’s kind of a cheat code, but I said 1987 and was correct. I think my friend said like 1980 or some – I don’t remember, something like that. He was relatively off. But again, he was going off my prediction but I didn’t expect to be right at all. I figured like it could’ve been the 70s, could have been 80s, could’ve been the 90s because it’s not like it was talking about things in present tense if I remember right, it was just mentioning the Soviet Union. But I think in my mind, it had mentioned it enough when we were just glancing through this book, and the photography I think maybe? Hard to say, the photography in in books though is really similar starting from like the 80s even into the early 2000s, like it’s just the same kind of like style, color, quality type thing. But I did not expect to be dead on at all, not even a little bit.

And then there was a third time where I was by myself and it was – I wanna say, it was like 1946 or something, and my ability to guess the age of a book accurately dwindles very quickly after the 1920s onward just because like I said, I don’t really collect books past the Great War, so I’m not used to the details of like printing and embossing and all that kind of stuff past that time frame. And very, very often, especially books between the 1940s and the 1960s, I’m always off. So it was a surprise to me when I opened this book, and it was dead on the money, and I was like, “Oh, that’s weird. I’m in – this, this is -” All these guesses, the last three guesses that I – predictions that I mentioned, happened in the last couple weeks. So I’m kinda like “What is going on?” This is like – I’m not – and these guesses were all like split second, like “Oh, 1987.” You know what I mean? Like an honest guess, an honest prediction, like throwing a dart at a board, and I suck at darts. So I was really surprised when they were all, like, dead right. And so, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.

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