Friday, November 13, 2009

Hello, Oakland...

Dark and early, we made our way to Pittsburgh, where I flew out heading to San Francisco. The flight seemed charmed... I slept through most of it and all of the babies aboard (twin girls sitting a few rows ahead of me) were silent, cute, and smiling. The only thing I found problematic was that for some reason, whenever I go to stow my overhead luggage (which at times can be heavy depending on how much extra stuff I've had to cram in from the over-weight checked baggage), someone always stands up or tries to push past me. I know the desire to race to one's seat or to flex one's legs may be strong, however it's not wise. If I lose hold of it, someone is going to get concussed. There might even be blood. So it is best to be patient. I'd wait for you, Impatient Mystery Passenger. Would you please be so kind to wait a few moments for me? Thank you!

After the plane ride, I picked up the rental car and drove to the show site. I'm not a big fan of driving in big cities. The traffic is too heavy, it moves too fast, and I'm always afraid that I'm going to either go off a bridge or scrape along the concrete barriers or sideswipe someone driving in my blind-spot. Luckily I've not had any problems.

Once the show was setup, I met up with Anne Choi and her friend Liz for Vietnamese food at a place called, Le Cheval. The meal was tasty and I had a grand time catching up with them both. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, when I know I'm going to have to snag a set of Anne's sugar skull buttons.

I'm staying at Carter and Aveesh's place here in Berkeley. (THANK YOU GUYS!!!) Unfortunately they're at a different show. It would have been great to see them and catch up, but we'll have to reserve that pleasure for another time.

If you're in the area, come out to BABE and stop by to say hello. I'm also giving a presentation to the bead society on Tuesday night. Come out for that and perhaps win some prizes and pick up some more Green Girl stuff before I head back to the east coast!


Patty said...

Hey Andrew! I didn't realize you were going to be here. I'm exhibiting at the show, and will come by to visit you tomorrow! Hope you had a good first day. :-)


Anonymous said...

Was great to meet you today. Love my new finds and can't wait to make something special with them.

Take care ~~ Debbie from BABE

Patty said...

Alas, your booth's crowds and my periodic kitchen passes from mine did not mesh well today, and I was unable to say "hi". Hope it was a good show for you, and I'll look you up next time. :-)

Lynn said...

Jumping up and waving hands in air - "Pick me, pick me!". Don't ask me why, as I have no idea, but I think the label of "Impatient Mystery Passenger" sounds like a fun one to have!

But then again, there are those who think I am crazy!

Francie Horton said...


Thank you so much for your comments on my review of Cynthia's book. I did wonder a bit how she would be able to let someone else do photos when everything else had been so carefully conceived. I have to admit I haven't been "lurking" as much in the last couple months as I used to. LOL

From what I understand, tho, you probably had a part in every aspect of it. What a blessing to have such a creative partnership with a sibling. Congratulations to you as well.

And I'll go correct that info straightaway. :)

Gaea said...

Oh man! We love the bay area! What could be better than the bay area and beads! It sounds like a fun show! Patience is hard for some. Travel makes people crazy. You are a pro! Enjoy your travels!

Carter said...

Hey Andrew! Sorry we missed you; if we'd been here, I promise you would have had a more hospitable stay. Hope everything was ok and that the show was a success. Congratulations on helping to make Cynthia's book such a success, and on a new nephew ;-)
Hope to see you soon.