Adventures in the Borderlands.
Posted July 16, 2013on:
A quick break in Hugo nom’d reviews for this short commercial break. Warning: this post includes way too many pictures. it might take a while to load, but there’s good stuff at the bottom for you.
Not sure if I mentioned it, but I’m in California for work for most of July. For those of you keeping score, I’m an hour south of Sacramento. low humidity? it never rains? This mid-west girl is in heaven! We’re setting up new locations and training new associates, and i have never worked so hard in my entire life.
What did I do my first free weekend? Go to San Francisco, of course! A very good friend from high school lives here now, so he gave me the tour. First stop, lunch at a Ramen shop in San Mateo, where residential rents are easily more than I make in a month. I am obsessed with Ramen, and this was the most amazing bowl of Ramen I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Can’t you just smell that divine porky broth? Miso Ramen is heaven in a bowl.
Next stop, THE BEACH! I’d never been in the Pacific Ocean before. . .
About 10 minutes after this photo was taken, fog began rolling in. . . .
So those people soaked up to their thighs? yeah. . .
my friend: you might want to step back, this look like a really big wave coming in.
me: how do you know it’s gonna be a big one?
. . . . SPLASH
me: ummm, can I put my pants through your washing machine?
We saw surfers:
and then MORE fog rolled in . .
Alright, enough of my #idiottourist photos, let’s get to the stuff you’re really interested in! like this!
Borderlands Books is a famous San Francisco bookstore. You don’t need to walk in and say “umm… where’s your scifi/fantasy section?” because THAT’S ALL THEY DO. a small section of Mystery and some Horror in the back, but the place is at least 70% scifi and fantasy books. Staff is ultra friendly, and the store is designed to be welcoming and encourage people to stay a long time, chat with the staff, chat with other patrons, and I’ve never seen so much Subterranean Press books in one place in my life (except maybe John’s house, but he’s been collecting for years).
If only there was Ramen shop next door. ;) There is a cafe that’s connected inside, but it’s not a Ramen shop.
That sign is pretty much for the whole place. They have some funny Vintage postcards (sorry postcard buddies, ya’ll got cheapo California postcards).
We were giggling at all the naked ladies.
What one thing didn’t I take a photo of? the stack of goodies I bought! Borderlands is shipping them home (they’ll get home before I do), all I kept aside was Blackout by Mira Grant. waiting for me when I get home at the end of the month will be the Fearsome Journeys anthology, the Weird Compendium edited by the Vandermeers, Declare by Tim Powers, The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner, Edge by Thomas Blackthorne. . . some other goodies too.
Stay tuned for more #idiottourist photos! Because while I did finish Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, and am working on a review, my brain has been utterly fried from work this past week or so. While my brain is recovering, ya’ll are gonna get #idiottourist photos and you’re gonna like it!