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A change of scenery

A change of scenery

I haven’t been very vocal, but I think I have a decent excuse – I moved back to California from Washington around the holidays, and I’ve been getting back up to speed. But coming up this summer, I’m also changing things up professionally by attending the AALL Annual Conference. How different it will be from SLA Annual, I’m not sure, but I’m also looking forward to seeing Austin in all of its heat and glory.

The Great Grey North

The Great Grey North

So, my life got very busy last fall. A family member was hired by a Seattle-based tech company and we relocated here.  Since then, there’s been a lot of packing and unpacking … studying for a new bar exam … joining new orgs. Etc. For a native Californian, this has been a difficult winter, but hopefully spring is coming soon.  Still looking to get a professional foothold here, but I hear the music scene is nice.

Heading to San Diego

Heading to San Diego

It’s been a long, long while since I’ve been to an ALA conference.  I’m dipping my toe back in by going to ALA Midwinter in San Diego. Thing is — I don’t have any obligations there. I’m not on a single committee. So, since I have free time: what should I do at Midwinter?  What what I be sure to see/attend/crash? Who do I need to see for reconnections (or new ones)?

Catharsis burgers

Catharsis burgers

This has nothing whatsoever to do with librarianship. I passed the CA bar back in May.  I wanted to do a grand gesture to signify my triumph.  My idea: set my bar prep materials (outlines, testbooks, flash cards) ablaze in a bonfire, preferably at a beach with friends and small amounts of alcohol. However, figuring out the maze of requirements and prohibitions of various beaches in the area has left me confused and with 15 pounds of paper gathering dust…

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All apologies

All apologies

Maxima mea culpa. My spam filter was/is/may continue to be somewhat out of control. I apologize to Walt for his inability to post his entirely welcome comment to a previous post, and if anyone else has had problems posting to this blog, please let me know at ms_eli at yahoo dot com.

Major Bay Area indie bookstore closed

Major Bay Area indie bookstore closed

It is by no means the most catastrophic news, but this is sad for more than a few people. From the San Jose Mercury News: Kepler’s, the storied Menlo Park independent bookstore that drew loyal customers from across the Bay Area, abruptly closed Wednesday, leaving book devotees mourning another casualty of the battle with the major book chains. For half a century, Kepler’s kept its place in a tiny coterie of notable Bay Area bookstores where browsing was encouraged, where…

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