I went to buy textbooks this afternoon.
And found that they'd changed them. Not one or two. All of them. Almost every single textbook in the entire school has been changed this term. And no, not just new editions, either. That I could handle. But entirely new books; new titles, new authors, new publishers, et cetera, et cetera.
Meaning I had to buy an entire new set. Brand new books for every one of my courses. Meaning I couldn't buy second-hand. Meaning I couldn't sell off any of my old books. Meaning that the book I already had for my Calculus course I had to buy again. Meaning that the Statistics book I bought last term from a guy who was leaving (trying to take advantage of what I thought was a serendipitous occasion and get my book early) is no good whatsoever.
So I had to shell out a whopping 990 Dirhams (about $CA 400, which in these parts is a whole fuck lotta money) for brand new books.
Fuckheads. All of them.
I managed to sell a wimpy tiny lab manual for Dhs.20 ($CA 8). Big whoop. As for the remaining eight (not the computer books; they're still useful as reference books, but all the rest), I stuck them into a cardboard box and left it on a table in the Student Center with a sign on top: "Obsolete Textbooks -- Free to a Good Home." Maybe someone will get some use out of them. More than likely the cleaning staff will just dump them the garbage tonight.
So. In other news. After bending over in the bookstore to take it up the rear from them, I went out for a bit of wandering around in the desert off campus... basically to walk off my anger.
And yay! I found a new Co-op supermarket! Out in the middle of nowhere.
Now, AUS is in University City, a collection of a half-dozen or so colleges & universities, in Moweileh. Moweileh is a little bumfuck town about 20km outside of Sharjah. It consists of University City, the Airport, a military base, a gas station, a half dozen mosques, a hundred houses and five zillion square miles of empty desert. There is NOTHING to do here (the universities are all fenced off and you can only get into them if you have business there).
Except, apparently, it now has a strip mall with a Co-op in it. And a half decently sized one, at that. Basically this roundabout in the middle of the desert with a supermarket beside it. Duh. Whatever.
Now this is cool, because to get groceries I used to either have to get them at the convenience store (which has a shitty selection and worse hours), or take the thrice-weekly bus the 20km into Sharjah, which was a hassle and a half. But now there's this place only about a 30min walk away. Wo0t! Groceries whenever I want them!
Er, yeah. But I'm still pissed off as all hell at the AUS administration.
This cat knows how I feel.