Went to investigate a report of a discarded but complete generator out by a curb with some trash. While over there, I found a store full of old junk nearby. The store has a book shelf in the back.
Nabbed this for three dollars.
Sometimes life is good.
Oh--and I got the generator too; a 4,000w gasoline-powered job. Neglected but appears fixable and too damned useful to abandon to the trash man with hurricane season arriving. I should have it running within a few days of the already-ordered repair parts arriving. It'll be my back-up generator, seconding a 6,000w unit that will power a single-room air conditioner, a lamp or two, the microwave, refrigerator and security cameras should the power go out for any length of time. With the water heater gas-powered and my rotating stockpile of food and water I think the dogs and I can do ok for a while.
And now we'll have a book to read as well.