Monday, June 30, 2008

Checking In

Wow. I had no idea it has been so long since I posted!
I just got back from 5 days in Ft. Lauderdale for a work conference - try 90 degree heat with 100% humidity. It was one of those times that I was glad to just stay in the hotel. I did go out for about 15 minutes (that was extent of my free time during the entire 5 days, so that gives you an idea of what this was like) and I waded in the ocean. The water was at least 85 and probably closer to 90 degrees. Too warm to even cool off. But it was refreshing, and put me in a better mood than I had been.

One interesting thing that happened a few weeks ago was finding one of my grandfather's Little Big Books at the Long Beach Flea Market. Called "Desert Justice" it is a Kid Wolf story that was originally published in Wild West Weekly. I'll have to look up the original publication of the story in WWW, but the publication date of the LBB is 1938.

I wasn't even looking for anything of his when I went to the Flea Market - for the most part, I go to get props for my photography hobby. (I'm into photographing antiques, nostalgia photos, collectibles, etc.) I went by one booth and the vendor had a great exhibit of 1930s toys. He had a few Big Little Books - Dick Tracy, LIttle Orphan Annie, and I was just shuffling through them, and there it was - Desert Justice by Ward Stevens (my grandfather's most used pseudonym while writing for WWW). It is the one LBB that I didn't have, so I was thrilled. And the condition is good, too.

I'll post a photo of it on the blog as soon as I get over my jet lag.

Also, anyone in the West Covina area of Southern California, I'll be doing a presentation on pulp fiction at the West Covina library on Saturday, July 12. I booked this presentation months and months ago, and whoosh - here it is.

Also, anyone interested in quilts should check out my sister Linda's blog: - she's got a photo of the quilt she just made me. (and photos of a lot more of her quilts, too.)

It's nice having big sisters.