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Colorado Mountain Towns

By     |    Aug 31, 2012
Posted in: Books, Colorado, Drives, Food     |    No Comments

I was really looking forward to returning to Colorado and exploring a few more mountain towns. Here’s where we stopped and what we liked: View Larger Map Grand Junction Grand Junction, even though it’s right next to Colorado National Monument, doesn’t feel like a Colorado town to me. It’s too big and sprawling, too dried out and desert-y. Colorado National Monument feels like Utah. North of the town, there’s a […]

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Dazzled by Twilight, building 1.

Twilight in Forks, WA

By     |    Jul 27, 2012
Posted in: Books, Washington     |    1 Comment

Twilight, that novel about sexy vampires or something, was set in Forks, Washington, the rainiest town in the US. It averages 211 days of rain per year here. Our friend, Jane, tipped us of to the Twilight thing saying: Twilight was set there, which they thought was a pretty big deal a few years ago. It’s been a while though, so maybe they don’t care about that anymore. Oh, they […]

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Misfit Books: Eat, Pray, Love

By     |    Jul 17, 2012
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Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. Eat, Pray, Love is one of them. A Million Little Pieces is another. Couplehood, by Paul Reiser is probably the first one I noticed. Every store has a couple copies of Couplehood, a half-dozen copies of Eat, Pray, Love. I’ve decided […]

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Couplehood: A keeper!

Misfit Books: Couplehood

By     |    Jul 5, 2012
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Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. A Million Little Pieces is one of them. Eat, Pray, Love is another. Couplehood, by Paul Reiser is probably the first one I noticed. Every store has a couple copies of Couplehood, a half-dozen copies of Eat, Pray, Love. I told […]

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Ernest Hemingway's gravestone in Ketchum, ID.

Visiting Hemingway’s Grave in Ketchum, Idaho

By     |    Jul 3, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Books, Idaho     |    No Comments

Ernest Hemingway’s grave is in Ketchum, Idaho. The gravestone is spare and reserved. It’s off the main road, under a grove of trees, next to members of his family, and decorated with notes, coins, and the occasional bottle of booze. His gravestone reminded me of Mies Van Der Rohe’s gravestone in Chicago. The setting reminded me of Ernest Hemingway. Paris is the city I most associate with Ernest Hemingway. When there, we […]

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Two copies. There was another on a higher shelf too.

Misfit Books: A Million Little Pieces

By     |    Jun 29, 2012
Posted in: Books     |    3 Comments

Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. A Million Little Pieces is one of them. Eat, Pray, Love is another. Couplehood, by Paul Reiser is probably the first one I noticed. Every store has a couple copies of Couplehood, a half-dozen copies of Eat, Pray, Love. I told this to my buddy, Ben, and he cracked up. I’ve […]

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Goodbye, Borrowed Books

By     |    May 24, 2012
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In Durango, we finally mailed all the books we’d borrowed while circling back east to their rightful owners. Here’s what got sent: The Rider — a bicycling book that made me want to ride again. Highly recommend it even to non-cyclists. It recounts a single race and is wonderfully written. Sailing Alone Around the World — naturally, about a sailing trip. I don’t know how many of these I’ve read, but […]

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Adios, books.

The Book Geocache

By     |    Mar 12, 2012
Posted in: Books     |    2 Comments

Scott suggested geocaching our spent books (learn about geocaching here). We loved the idea, but instead of going the official geocache route, we just dropped a stack inside the campground and watched what happened. The first two books to go were Looking for Alaska and Jane Eyre. Lisa liked Jane Eyre, but I was never going to read it. I thought Looking for Alaska was a bit much. Peter Jenkins just […]

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Four Ways to Buy Books Cheaply

By     |    Feb 27, 2012
Posted in: Books, Money     |    7 Comments

We’re devouring books. It’s wonderful. And we’re doing it cheap and fun. Sure, it’d be easier with a Kindle, but it wouldn’t be as much fun. We’d have too much control, there’d be no serendipity, and we wouldn’t be able to luck into a signed copy of Around the World Single-Handed because you just can’t download that type of thing. Yes, I could just get the mystery novel I’m looking for […]

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An impenetrable wall of words.

Book Bust: I’m Stalling Out On The Reading Front

By     |    Feb 8, 2012
Posted in: Books     |    2 Comments

After a good run of books, I’ve stalled out. I can’t seem to get through them anymore. I could blame the Salton Sea, or the sand people, or our lack of aluminum cladding, but I’m going to blame the books. Squandering Aimlessly There’s a lot of good stuff in this book, but I had to skim it to get through it. It’s almost comical how upbeat this book is when […]

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