Last week’s reading included the 2009 California Drivers Manuel with all the old and new rules for driving your vehicle on streets, alleyways, and highways, in the fog, in the snow, on icy roads, and at dusk. And then there are the rules for minors, seniors, and drunks. there are different rules for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and trucks … in varying axel sizes. Of course all the rules come with varying numbers, such as how many feet from about everything before you must signal, or stop, or slow down, etc. etc. etc. Some too many hours later having read the entire manual and memorized it, time I’d rather have spent reading a good novel, I took the written test and got every question right. Hallelujah! I’m home free for another five years.
After that adventure, I took part in the WOMEN’S EXPO Ventura County, a book signing on Saturday, March 17th. that also happens to be St.Patrick’s Day with a huge parade down Main Street taking every otherwise unemplyed citizen of Ventura to watch it, instead of attending the EXPO. I was disappointed for Becoming Alice, but I felt so much more sorry for the owner of Bank of Books who sponsored the event for the local authors.
Let me tell you about this really neat bookstore. It is independently owned and situated at the end of Main Street–yes, the one mentioned above. Primarily a small, used book store with shelves from floor to ceiling and islands stacked full, in two stories, main floor and basement. Anything you might ever have wanted to read is there and if you can’t find it, the owner Cleary will get it for you. And you know what is the best part of walking through the front door? Cleary will greet you by name. I like that. I like hearing, “Hey, how are you, Alice?”