Category Archives: Travel

Left Coast Crime Convention, 2014 – wrap-up

We had a blast. Went to more than the usual number of panels, caught up with friends, the weather was great. The convention ran from Wednesday, March 20 (early registration) then Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24, with panels … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading Aug 12 – 18, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Continued temperatures in the mid to high eighties plus higher than usual humidity for August has made it uncomfortable here. I know, it’s worse in the midwest and east, but I’m a left coast guy. We went to our … Continue reading

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FFB: Toujours Provence

this is the 76th in my series of forgotten books Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle, published by Alfred Knopf 1991 hardcover (second of two volumes in two book boxed set) National bestseller taking up where his beloved A Year In Provence left … Continue reading

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a favorite photo

I took this one in Ketchikan a few years back on our Alaska trip. Love the planes all lined up.

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New Arrivals, October 11-17

Almost the entire week was spent on the way to, at or returning from Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in San Francisco. In spite of my best efforts, some books did find their way into the luggage and home. All are … Continue reading

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Bouchercon, after the fact

Here’s what I have to say about Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, or the Big Fan Convention, or B’con, to it’s friends, which was held in San Francisco October 13-17. 2010. Come Fly With Me… We left mid-morning, had a … Continue reading

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The Streets – and buildings – of San Francisco

A trio of photos from the trip to kick off the B’con coverage. Click to enlarge. Enjoy.

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off to Bouchercon

We’re leaving in a few hours for San Francisco, and Bouchercon By The Bay, the 2010 version of the long time (since 1970, this is the 40th) world fan mystery convention named after super reader-reviewer-fan Anthony Boucher, pseudonym of William … Continue reading

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Speaking of Powell’s Books

There has been a good deal of comment in my Portland posts about Powell’s Books, an excellent bookstore. There are several branches, the main one downtown, the second largish store in Beaverton, a technical book store and another. Both the … Continue reading

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Portland Trip – Downtown, then Home

This is final installment in my set of posts on our Portland trip. The previous posts: heading for Portland (see post here), arrival, ice cream and dinner, (see post here) spending the day in town and meeting with Evan Lewis and wife … Continue reading

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Portland – a day in the country, sort of

So far, we had flown to Portland (see post here), had ice cream and dinner, (see post here) spent the day in town and met with the Lewis persons for dinner down south in Bridgeport/Tigard. (see post here) An excellent … Continue reading

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Portland: dinner, downtown and “the Lewis Treatment”

Wednesday We’d had our ice cream (see previous Portland post) and had a nap (travel wears me out!), I read for a while and it was time for dinner. Yes, Portland brings out the eat in us. Portland is such a … Continue reading

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Portland: The Umpqua Ritual

When we flew into Portland, it was sunny, warm, beautiful. Isn’t it always? We got our car at the airport, drove towards downtown, crossing a bridge – I never seem to go across the same one on my way in, but … Continue reading

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…and back again.

Portland made us welcome as always. We had a great trip, very busy, lots done and always more we wish we could have made time for. Trip thoughts and report over the next few days. Very briefly, we went to Powell’s, … Continue reading

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