It’s quite cold this morning for the second day in a row. We’ve even turned the heat on. Friday we had a day of rain, real rain, the kind you need an umbrella for. Puddles formed.
This qualifies as winter weather in the Bay Area; this year, we’re all very happy to see it arrive.
Thursday night we braved the weather to travel to Berkeley to see Mavis Staples who was performing at Cal. We had a marvelous time. Though she is nearing her 80’s, Ms. Staples can still turn out her trademark growl and rock the house. For you youngsters in the audience who might not know Ms Staples here’s a clip from a recent performance. ;-).
Before the show C.J. and wandered around Telegraph Ave. which I’m pleased to say, in spite of some upgrading, is still basically the same as it was back in the 1970’s when my parents first let me go there with my friends Peter and Craig because it had a good comic book store.
The comic book store is gone, as is Cody’s Books, but Moe’s Bookstore along with Shakespeare’s are both still there, Blondie’s still sells cheap slices, there’s still an old-school head-shop open for business, the poster store, the t-shirt store and the hat store are still there, the street is still dirty with a bit of the old smell in the air and there are still political activists of all sorts selling buttons and bumper stickers on the sidewalks. C.J. and I each bought two books. We had a great time.
I’ve joined Non-fiction November, hosted by Lu at Regular Rumination. My goal was to spend all of November reading the non-fiction in my TBR pile–that’s 14 books. I figures I could make something of a push and really make a dent in my TBR pile before my annual book buying binge in preparation for 2015’s TBR Dare.
Of course, both of the books I bought Thursday night were non-fiction, but yesterday I picked up the new Booker Prize winner, The Narrow Road to the Deep North at Bookshop Benicia,my local bookstore. My local library doesn’t have the book yet; I know, that’s a rationalization. They’ll probably have it in a week or two, but I like to support my local bookshop.
Buy from a real bookshop once in a while, everyone. Every time you do, an angel gets it’s library card.
You may have noticed me mentioning the TBR Dare above. I’ve been thinking about it lately It’s always been closely linked with Dakota, in my mind at least, since it featured a picture of her last year. Dakota is still doing pretty well. We’ve stopped counting weeks since she got her lymphoma diagnosis. We were told eight weeks at most, but that was back in August. So we’re counting months. She’s entering number four. She’s slowed down noticeably, and her temper is much shorter with the other dogs, but she shows no signs of pain at all.
So, I’m thinking another round of the TBR Dare in her honor may be in store. This would be the fifth year. (I skipped the TBR Triple Dare and went straight to the Triple Dog Dare last year.) I was planning on doing it myself anyway because it’s become something of a habit, like Lent, and I really enjoy it.
For you youngsters out there who may not have heard of the TBR Dare before, it works like this. 😉 The Dare is to read only from your TBR pile from New Year’s Day to April Fool’s Day. You can still buy books, but you can’t read them unless you owned them, had them on order or on reserve at your local library as of midnight, December 31st. I do allow exceptions for book clubs and basically whatever you want to make an exception for. It’s all very loose.
There are people who have participated in all four years of the TBR Dare, including Gaskella who made button with the first three images in it used above. Thanks.
I’ll start putting together a page and a linky later this month.
It seems like this new blog of mine has me going through all the new book blog phases again. This is the sign-up for lots of challenges phase.
It’s kind of fun.
I can’t wait for the finally gets hundreds of views a day phase to begin.