December 22nd, 2005


Tucson Update

It's been a relatively nice time so far here in Tucson. A few days back we went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and wandered around, which was very pleasant—it's one of our usual destinations when we're here. Had lunch yesterday with Will&Emma; they're looking great and it was wonderful to be able to spend some time with them again. With any luck we may be able to see them again before we leave for home.

Went to a Really Dangerous local used bookstore—Bookmans—not once but twice (once probably would have been enough, but we were early for our lunch date with W&E and, well, there was the Bookmans right there next to the restaurant, and it was not the same one we'd been at the day before, and…). It's a darn good thing that Susan's mother has offered to UPS the books back to us in the Twin Cities—I don't think we could have fit them all in our suitcases (or carry the suitcases once we had!).

After poking around for a bit, and having looked in the Young Adult, General Fiction, and Science Fiction/Fantasy sections, I went to the front desk and asked where I might find Pinkwater books. The gentleman said, "Daniel Pinkwater? Um … actually … several of us on staff collect Daniel Pinkwater, so … um … I think the last one we shelved was in the Humor section, but …" Heh. Oh well. (It occurs to me that I should oughtta mention that our dear friend, Gordon Garb, introduced us to both Daniel Pinkwater and Bookmans, for which we owe him profuse thanks.)

Susan's sister, Ellen, arrived here late Tuesday night, so it's a slightly larger crew now. Which is sort of a non sequiter, I guess, but there it is.

Today we went to both Philabaum galleries. We were hoping to be able to watch them blowing, but it seems they take a two week break from it this time every year. *sigh* We did get to see a lot of very beautiful glass, as well as some astonishing prints that were made using plate glass instead of the usual metal plates. Wonderful stuff! There was one print I especially liked that I thought we might buy for home, but then I reckoned there were probably better things we could use the $900 for.

Well, I guess that's all for now.

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