Saturday, February 09, 2008

11:20 AM Weather, Sunday: -19 wind chill = Brrrrr

On our way to pick Bernice up, this is what our
drive looked like. Expecting snow and the sky
behind us was getting darker and darker.

Surprisingly, the day was chilly with the wind chill
but stayed sunny most of the day, with no snow.

Bernice (L, Master Quilter) is Lisa's friend and Sat
we took her to our favorite haunts in Ft. Wayne.
She's never been to any of these places.
Of course, we started at our favorite Vietnamese
eatery, (mentioned in an earlier post)
the Saigon, on Calhoun St.

We've been in indy-anna for 11 yrs now.
Further down Calhoun St is this old theater.
It's been appearing that it will be
reconstructed, yet, nothing so far.

Next door to the right is an antique store.

Across the street from the theater is the
Asian grocery we go to.

Across the street from that is this building.
A few years ago it was a car lot, and
a Mexican eatery, now they make
tamales, and sell them out of a truck
in different parts of town.

We've not tried them, but they must be good.

One of the best used book stores
in Indiana, if not the best, is Hyde Bros.

Owners Sam & Joel are very knowledgeable
and helpful and know books like no one else.

Sometime last year they split the business up,
now Sam runs this storefront.

Also working here is Julia Meek, who
has a Sat night program on the local
NPR WBOI station, called:

Folk Tales

and has music expressing different
thoughts and ideas from around the world.

She's also a very good artist.

Joel is the other brother and his store
is a bit more modest.

Yesterday he mentioned that his sideline
is this store, and his real business is the internet.

This just goes to show how the book business,
and book purchasing has changed through the years.

I was amazed to find out early on when we met
the brothers, that Joel lived and worked in San Francisco
while I was growing up there, and frequented the
same bookstores there and in Berkeley that I did.

It's a small world, as they say.

Our last stop was the Firefly Coffeehouse,
the only other place, other than our own
house in indy-anna where we'll
actually purchase a coffee and get
one that isn't disgusting.

Everyone there is very good behind
the counter and very friendly.

There's a young man there who is part
of a duo:

Left Lane Cruiser

The link above is their Myspace page.
If you like the blues, punk,music,
these guys can be fun.

He told me yesterday they are going to Europe
a bit later this year.

I was glad to hear it. They are having fun
and have no illusions to anything more than that.

To the left is also a Health Food Store.

And that was our Sat with Bernice.


2 - 10 - 1982

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow,

yet we forget that he is someone today.

Stacia Tauscher


Bobby D. said...

Happy Birthday Ian--You growed up real nice!

Unknown said...

I add my birthday blessings to Ian.

Coffee Messiah said...

dcb & nick: We Thank You both!

Mary said...

Hey! That was a nice little walk through town. Looks like a great place. Happy Birthday to Ian

enigma4ever said...

thank you for the wonderful tour ....Happy Bday to Ian...and thank you for sharing a new place...

H said...

Wow, you had quite a day. Looks like such a nice place to live. Sometimes when I see yet another store-chain-whatever, I actually don't know where I am because everywhere looks the same. But this place I like! Try the tamales.

Bobby D. said...

That was a good walk thru town--I love the old theatre --and I would be buying Tamales on a regular basis!

Bob Dylan said...

Happy Birthday Ian!

Squirrel said...

Happy BRRRRR-BRRR- Birthday, Ian!

Coffee! You have sent your freezy weather to us!
they predict it will be um, between zero and 24 below tomorrow! What fun!

Coffee Messiah said...

mary: Not to sure about Ft Wayne overall, but from where we are living, a nice place to go for a few hrs a bit closer by than Chicago. And Thanks for the BDay greetings!

e4e: Thanks for your visit also. Hope all is well for you and 6-6!

h:When I came out here from N Ca, that's exactly what happened to me. I'd think I'd been driving in circles, 'cause every other block has all the same crappy stores! ; (
Yes, we do need to try the tomales.

dcb: Ft Wayne is pretty spread out. These are our "comfort" spots!

bd: Ian Thanks you too! ; )

squirrel: Yikes. If it makes you feel any better, it's 5am and it's -15 right now! ; (

Fred said...

Happy Birthday Ian, Chedwick U has given you an Honorary Degree for your birthday. Update your resume!

Coffee-- The Head Librarian has already commented to us on your helpfulness and smarts. You made a good impression.

Cathy said...

What a lovely day. Thanks for the tour, hope Bernice enjoyed it too. Happy birthday Ian.
(sorry, who's Ian? I guess I haven't been around long enough to know all the characters in this story.)
As always, a beautiful post.

Coffee Messiah said...

ched U: Ian Thanks you. He's a MySpace kid and sends his regards and appreciation.

And I'm so glad things went well in the library. Between our espresso drinking and BDs singing, I was surprised to see we had so many books in order already!

cathy: Oh yes, Bernice was impressed. So much so, I believe she talked her son into taking her to the bookstore again on Sunday.

Ian, is my son! ; )