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22 December 2005 @ 08:34 pm
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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kip_wkip_w on December 23rd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
That's Gordon's mission in life -- introducing people to things, places, and other people. I wish we lived at least half a continent closer together than we do. He's the best friend I never see.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)

Indeed, indeed. I realized a few years back that Gordon is a wampeter. It is, yes, darned irritating that we see him so rarely.

Matthew B. Tepper: caricature sillyasimovberlioz on December 23rd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, dsgood has said that he went to school with Daniel Pinkwater.
Emma Bullcoffeeem on December 23rd, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten, when we suggested meeting at Beyond Bread, that Bookman's was next door. Ooopsies. Thank goodness for the kindness of relatives, and all those lovely post office trucks!
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)

Your ooopsies was our gain: more lovely books. Beautiful books, my precioussssss, yesssss…

Indeed. Where would we be without our relatives?

Geri Sullivangerisullivan on December 23rd, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
What amazing glass. Thanks for the link!

Hmmm...I am reminded that you haven't seen my planet in person yet. It's a really pretty planet. More like a really pretty asteroid, actually -- I think it's the brilliance of the color that makes me think it's a planet.

It looks surprisingly different in person. And surprisingly the same, in an odd way.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)

You're welcome. It is indeed amazing glass. Breathtaking. I just wish we didn't have so much uncatagorized and misplaced and unplaced stuff and clutter around the house … 'cause otherwise we'd have acquired some pieces for home.

(I might also mention that at the non-workshop gallery there were was work by folks other than Mr. Philabaum and the current show was "Spouting Off Again! a show of teapots" which was an amazing lot of sillyness.)

No, I haven't seen your planet/asteroid—thanks for the link. Wow. I must see it in person some time.

A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on December 23rd, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
I remember reading in coffeeem's journal that they got to hang out with you guys and felt a moment of jealousy--for the warmer weather, I suppose, but mainly for getting to hang out with you guys.

Prints made with glass plates instead of metal ones? Was that etched glass? Hmm, never heard of that (and our high school print shop was evven better stocked than Audrey Niffenegger's, though hers was the bigger, rival school). Must go find out more.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of Geri's Fredfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)

Yeah, miss you much also. One of the thoughts that had been arguing for driving to Confusion rather than taking the bus train was the thought that I might just stop in Madison for a visit on one leg or the other of the trip. Ah well, Madison ain't that far from Minneapolis—I'll just have to do a dedicated trip some time soon.

Will try to get you more information about printing from glass plates, and will certainly write more of what's already in my wee little brain when I don't have to dash right off (which I do now—places to go, things to see don'tchaknow).

Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)

Please see my recent post on Vitreography …
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on December 24th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I saw it! Thanks.

BTW, I meant that to be a mental note-to-self, not a quest imposed on you. Sorry if that's the way it came across.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 24th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)

No no no don't be silly!—it didn't come across that way at all. I was, in fact, interested in finding out more my own self; besides, sharing interesting information is fun!

Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on December 23rd, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
I love the Sonora Desert Museum. Hummingbird aviary! Cactus wrens flying right past huge groups of goggling tourists to feed wriggly unidentified insects to their yawping offspring! Carpenter bees! Javelinas pretending to be rocks in the sun!

Sorry, I seem to have overdrawn my exclamation-point account. Oh dear. Nothing exciting had better happen for six months.

P.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 23rd, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)

Yes yes! The hummingbird aviary! I was sitting quietly on a bench watching the little guys when one of them mistook my "Hawaiian" flower-patterned shirt for a yummy flower and came over to investigate. He or she hovered there about six inches from my arm for, I dunno, fifteen seconds or so before deciding I wasn't a real flower and darting off. I hope he or she wasn't too disappointed.

A very young Harris's hawk girl with her family at the daily fly-about. :)

Yes, of course, the inevitable pile of javelina family looking much like half-empty potato sacks as they stretched out.

Lovely place, just lovely. Not-to-be-missed. (Sorry, of course, about your exclamation-point account. If you really need one, perhaps a straightened question-mark would pass?)

Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on December 25th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
That hummingbird aviary is the last place where a hummingbird could have any lasting disappointment over a particular thing's not being food.

I do love it when they investigate one, though not quite as much as when they go about their business inches away and ignore one utterly.

We never got to the raptor part.

"Potato sacks." Hee.

Yeah, I guess I could straighten out a question mark as if it were a paperclip. Or I could use a whole lot of capital letters instead.

P.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 25th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
YES, YOU COULD USE A WHOLE LOT OF CAPITAL LETTERS, BUT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU WERE SHOUTING RATHER THAN EXCLAIMING. Or were you speaking of the Tiddly-Pom School of Cutesy Emphasis wherein excitement is conveyed by Using Initial Caps on words of Great Importance?
Gordonfishbliss on December 29th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Pinkwater! Will and Emma! Bookman's! Beyond Bread! Yay!
Oh, that I could have gotten on the road two or three days earlier.
But it seems like end-of-the-year stuff always takes as long as it's
going to take, no matter how fast I try to hurry it. Not to mention
that I seem to be moving in slow-motion often these days.

So I made it to Southern California in time Sunday afternoon to meet
Lex at a movie theatre and see King Kong, then eat Chinese food. Thus
did I faithfully observe the twenty-fifth of December.

Monday I did the second part of the drive, and arrived in Tucson
shortly before midnight. It's my first road trip in the first car I've
ever bought, and it was good.

But sadness, I missed Fred and Susan and Gavi by a couple of days.

So, to the topic at hand, books by Daniel Pinkwater. are there any titles the Levy-Haskell household need? I've bought spares.

/Gordon