About a month ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and was browsing events at one of the local independent bookstores. When I woke up fully, the next morning, I found that I had apparently registered for an event, and purchased two books! Thankfully, it was for a day that I didn’t have anything on the calendar.
I knew nothing about the author, and didn’t really have an idea about what the books were about, but, they were books.
The night before the event, I received an email with instructions, and reminding me that it was just a book signing, not an author talk.
I headed out early to the event and decided to visit a library that I hadn’t been inside. I dropped off some library books and looked around. I ended up interviewing the security guard. They put security into 8 branches starting in January. Interesting. Nice guy to chat with.
I took myself to dinner nearby and put the leftovers in my car. I headed to the bookstore from there.
I arrived at the event and got in line. The line was very long even though I arrived almost a half hour early. It moved fairly quickly for the number of people in the line.
I received my books and a bonus book with little games to play while waiting. I didn’t read it since I was busy people and book watching.
I was mentally shopping, but was being good, since I’m not supposed to be shopping until I get some of my book stack books completed. I did take some photos to put on my tbr list.
When I got to the front of the line, the author took my books to sign and started chatting. She spotted my sweatshirt which said, “don’t take me to a bookstore unless you’re willing to drag me out.” She told me with a sweatshirt like that, I must have a book recommendation for her. I recommended City of Girls to her. She had it and was planning on reading it soon.
I had my photo taken with the author and her boyfriend. Then I headed out on my way.
The diving area was under construction, so we weren’t able to see the diver. We got to touch stony coral and listen to the docent speak.
I watched the penguin feeding and went to the swamp talk. I couldn’t hear the swamp talk well enough to pay attention, so I decided to skip the planetarium show and went home. That 4:30 show is still on my todo list. Maybe next month.
I went to the Pacific Orchid Show today. There were so many beautiful flowers to look at.
I didn’t know the names of most of them, and still don’t, but the flowers were beautiful. I was puzzled by the number of people who would squeeze between me and the table holding the orchids, and then look at me, surprised, with a “oh, am I in your way?” People are funny.
It was a beautiful show, and here are some photos from it.
The above linked article talks about the recently closed Beach Blanket Babylon. I was lucky enough to get to see it before it closed. It was worth it. I hope that someone decides that it’s worth bringing back. It was a San Francisco tradition.