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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-13 20:06
Subject: [travel] Spending the weekend down by the bay
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Tags:books, california, child, conventions, funny, personal, travel

It was a good weekend, but somehow my blog index was much lower than normal. Comes of being in single-tasking health, I guess.

Friday afternoon I got to San Francisco. Had a nice lunch down in Cole Valley with calendula_witch, then went to my Balboa Park pied-a-terre and crashed out until therinth and Mr. Therinth picked me up for a dinner in San Jose with zellandyne and her guy.

Saturday morning I headed down to Santa Cruz, a trip interrupted by a brief but paperwork-free roadside interview with the po-po: “Sir, using a cell phone while driving is illegal in California.” “I’m from Oregon, I didn’t know.” “Well, then get out of here, but don’t do it any more.” (He was very courteous, as was I.) Down in Santa Cruz I spent an hour on KUSP with Lyle Troxell and a cast of half a dozen, including Rick Kleffel. The Trashotron podcast of the radio segment is here.

After that it was back up to San Francisco, another nap, then off to Borderlands Books, followed by SF in SF, all of which was great good fun. dinogrl and dave_gallaher showed up at the store, but there was a logistical mixup about dinner and they didn’t connect after. Terry Bisson hosted me and Susan Palwick for SF in SF, where after a brief memorial discussion of Tom Disch, she read a rather dark and twisted piece, I read the equally cheerful “The Goat Cutter”, then we all interviewed each other.

Afterwards, camillemulan gave me a book for the_child, her graphic novel Raggedy Chan about the experience of being a Chinese girl in America. It came with a lovely doll. the_child was quite thrilled.

Today was an early Vegan breakfast with mine hostess, then I hopped an early flight home. A very good trip to the Bay Area, but I am happy to be back in my own little home (however briefly).

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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dinogrl: bookish robot
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-07-14 03:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bookish robot
"...equally cheerful 'The Goat Cutter'." *snark* Wow.

Logistical? Yeah, I was in shell shock. Alan was wrangling you like the celebrity that you are, much to our exclusion. We fought traffic getting there, only to turn around and go home. Sigh.
We didn't feel right about just inviting ourselves along, so we opted out of a situation that was clearly awkward. Dave was also trying to connect with WFC business, but Alan was very present to the moment. As for our business, I guess I'm going to do the best I can with what I have.
An'fer Ghusake, wear your dang bluetooth while your here!!!! ;-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-07-14 04:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had assumed you were invited along in the first place, then when I realized you weren't, was trying to figure out how to invite you, but the situation was not in my control at that point. My profound apologies for the awkwardness. Sigh. I should have just exerted sheer force of personality.

(And yes, I have a bluetooth headset.)
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dinogrl: bookish robot
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-07-14 04:24 (UTC)
Subject: Yeah, Where is that Force of Nature we all know and love?
Keyword:bookish robot
You aren't the one at fault. No apologies needed. We move onward!
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calendula_witch: Tart
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-07-14 04:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Tart
Golly, I feel so privileged having you all to myself for lunch! It was, indeed, nice.

Heh. Sorry not to warn you about the cell phone thing. Doesn't everybody know California laws? ;-)
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lt260
User: lt260
Date: 2008-07-14 08:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Watch it traveling north as well . . . WA just enacted cell phone laws (in effect as of July 1 if I am not mistaken). I wonder how much longer it will be before vehicles come standard with voice activated communication devices. I have a vision of people at the dealership test driving the new Nisson Kitt.
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trektone: noble
User: trektone
Date: 2008-07-14 05:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:noble
Good seeing you again at Borderlands. A shame more people weren't in attendance, but I guess that's how it goes sometimes. Thanks for signing my books!




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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-07-14 13:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are most welcome! Thank you very much for being there.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2008-07-14 13:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*tee hee* When I was small, "po-po" was a common euphenism for "bottom." When I first read that term here, I thought you were having problems with your bottom. Glad it was not so; and glad the cop was reasonable.
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