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Rocky Mountain High

Greetings from Denver, Colorado. I'm here for the annual AALL conference so I need to keep this a bit brief (this is one of the general public computers here at the conference). I haven't been to Colorado before so that's an adventure.

I explored a good part of the city doing a 10-mile run this morning (relatedly, marathon training rolls on). The first half-mile or so involved me adjusting to the altitude. I could feel my lungs burning, but it wasn't bad. It encouraged me to keep a slower pace, which was probably responsible for me getting through the full 10.

I also visited a well-known independent bookstore here, The Tattered Cover, a cozy wonderful place. Sadly, they would not let me move in despite the cozy seating and great selection. But my to-read list became longer (like I needed that).

As you can imagine with those two things, I haven't done much conferencing yet. Most of what I'm interested in is scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday, though. Today held little interest for me. I'm here in the vendors area (where the computers are) which seems pretty empty. (The fact that I got a computer so readily is itself a sign.) No word on attendance yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's down given the supposedly recovering economy.

That's the quick update. I should get back and mingle. Hope all is well with all my readers and friends.


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Jul. 11th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I loved Tattered Cover when I lived in Boulder. Here's what I posted on their Facebook page a few weeks ago:

Love you! One of the best readings I've ever been to (out of at least a thousand) was Dagoberto Gilb at the LoDo store on a particularly snowy night. Cars weren't allowed on the highways but the public bus was, so we took that from Boulder. Me, two friends and two other people showed up. Since we were pretty much snowe...d in, we went to a smaller room (I think it had a fireplace and looked like a study?) and Dagoberto read some, but we mostly all chatted and told jokes and anecdotes for a few hours. Thanks for being you, Tattered Cover. I love you for other reasons (like upholding free speech and fighting censorship), but that reading almost ten years ago stands out as my Tattered Cover memory...
Jul. 11th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. This is why I feel obligated to give them & any independent bookstores I find $. (Of course having things I want at reasonable prices helps.) Only a place like that could provide that kind of experience.
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Miss you, love. I was worried about you running ten miles at that altitude. I'm glad that it went well and that you found a lovely bookstore. How does it compare to the one in NOLA?
Jul. 11th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
It's more like Powell's than anything, though not nearly as big. Some used but mostly new. Lots of comfy furniture. :)
Jul. 12th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
I love Colorado and I love The Tattered Cover. Enjoy your visit out there! :)
Jul. 12th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am and I will. :)
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