Friday, July 22, 2016

Vintage Star Trek visits the bookshop

“I believe it’s called a bookshop, Captain.”

“Books! Isn’t that a bit archaic?”

“Humans have a nostalgia for old paper. Quite illogical.”

“I like it. Our faces, our … crew … are everywhere. Not those ... young guys.”

“Those ‘young guys’ have a new movie out today: ‘Star Trek Beyond.’”

“I think I’ll stick around here a few days, Mr. Spock.”

We had a great time at the opening of the Star Trek(TM) collection at Tannery Books last night.

Getting ready was a ton of work; I was sitting on the floor of the shop pricing things right up 'til the opening!

A couple of nice write-ups in the local papers encouraged some enthusiastic fans to come out to the opening.

There are still a lot of items that weren't ready, which I'll bring to the shop in the coming weeks or list on eBay. Join the e-mail list (on the right of this page in web mode, or go to on your phone and scroll down) and you'll be first to hear when the posters are available.

I'm wiped out, but pleased.

You can beam me up, now.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Viva Las Vegas! — part 2

No trip to Vegas is complete without visiting "the Strip," with its mega-hotels and casinos with familiar names like Ceasar's Palace and the Luxor.

I fell in love with the Paris. It was huge! like an indoor city. A half-size replica of the Eiffel tower stands with two of its feet angling dramatically through the casino.

Hallways beyond the gambling turned into city streets with shops, restaurants, nostalgic facades, and even a blue sky painted on the ceiling.

When I saw La Creperie, I was about to bust with happy nostalgia. You see, I actually went to Paris when I was 15, many years ago. My fondest memories of the trip include street vendors making and selling crepes from their carts, even at midnight on Montmartre.

I ordered, and enjoyed a lovely lunch.

Then I rode to the top of the tower, which is 550 feet tall. Hotels reflected the bright sunshine. I could see the Strip and the rest of the city until it stopped, giving way to desert and mountains. We had to peer through a protective fence with occasional holes for camera shots.

I thought that would be the "height" of my day. But after dark, we went to the Stratosphere!

Vegas at night is a different kind of beautiful from the day, with lights everywhere. At 1,149 feet high (we were on the 108th floor), the views are stunning.

The protective fence was beneath us, with only a railing in front of us, so we had a much clearer view than I'd had earlier in the day.

We could make out our own hotel from nearby landmarks, though I couldn't quite get my camera to focus on the distant letters.

I rested on Sunday.

After attending mass at the historic Saint Joan of Arc church, I rested from travel, rested from walking all over the city, and rested my wallet from so much spending, except for a couple of meals in the hotel complex.

I journaled about the trip so far, read, and availed myself of free movies in the air-conditioned hotel room.

Photo used by permission
Monday morning brought the reason for our trip: my niece's wedding. We rode around (and around) in a limousine as tunes like "Going to the Chapel" played through the speakers.

Christina and Darren were married with tears and laughter — by Elvis!

This photo just captures it.

Congratulations, Christina and Darren!