May 9th, 2006
|08:08 am - East Coast cheese tour: non-cheese people|
After leaving Websterville, we headed south. There are some people in the world that everyone tell you you have to meet. For some reason, (actually the reason is arasay who I have now known for almost two decades) I am often told I have to meet librarians. In rural Vermont, right in the path of our travels, lives the queen of the rural internet librarians, Jessamyn West.
We stopped by her old museum of a house for lunch outside on a beautiful and sunny Vermont afternoon. We drank ice tea, discussed all of our friends in common (hi dirtylibrarian, sdn, and sararyan). One of the things about all the subcultures I’ve been a part of, the anarchists, the punks, the cheese folks and the LJers, is the ability to meet someone who you otherwise never would have known, and find out that you could be real life friends.
Soon it was time to leave. Sheana and I realized we were never going to get through all the cheese we were acquiring, so we told Jessamyn to grab a plate and head to our car. From then on we decided we were a mobile cheese distribution service, bringing fine cheese to those who would appreciate it. Here is a picture of the results:
I spent that night with gadarene in Brattleboro. We went, amusingly enough, to the library for a poetry reading with April Bernard and David Daniel . David Daniel was smart and funny and one of the best readers I’ve seen in a long time. We then went to McNeill’s which, I guess, is where one goes in Brattleboro because three different people told me that I should drink there on my trip. There we befriended a punk girl with a unicycle.
The next morning we had breakfast with nihilistic_kid and I went to the bookstore where on display was a huge hardback western by Jessamyn West . I was momentarily confused but figured out it was a different Jessamyn West pretty quickly when I saw the dust jacket author photo. Books and cheese and coincidence. Vermont was pretty OK.
I need to pay more attention or be more friendly because I miss outings all the time.
awww, and now you have a broken leg.
I forgot to ask if I could post the nice one of you. You seem more online shy so I didn't want to assume I could. Did you like it?
|Date:||May 9th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)|| |
i am so glad you met! YAY
now only you are left unmet. Nice icon.
Jealous!!! I met Jessamyn in Philly, but never had the chance to visit her on home turf. She's great.
|Date:||May 9th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)|| |
Sounds like it's been a heck of a trip all around.
You wanna get together for a beer some evening in the second half of May. I'm way more talkative when I've got booze in me than I am at lunch time. :)
I like booze. But I may be out of town. When are your dates?
|Date:||May 9th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)|| |
14th to 25th, leaving late morning on the 26th.
Why are you hands as white as David Blaine's?
wow, you are observant. I have no idea. maybe I should start wearing white gloves and really go for that look.
of course, my first thought was, "she's still alive?"
on another note, the jd and i are headed for vermont and thereabouts this fall, so i might be hitting you up for good places to see.
Yes, I will totally consult with you over drinks some night. Maybe with Dcart, maybe in June.
looks peaceful and lovely and clean. vermont is one of the few states i haven't traveled to. i'm full of envy over here.
There we befriended a punk girl with a unicycle.
ha! i want to know more about her. is that how she got around town? could she still ride after a couple of beers?
|Date:||May 9th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Jesus, has it been that long? I guess it has. We're old, dude. Eh, not so bad.
Holy shit, Erin you know Gordon?! It was so great to meet you. I'll buzz you when I'm in SFO Gordon. reveritas, feel free to email me for Vermont information.
yes, it was great to meet you too. Btw, on LJ, people pretty much won't see comments unless you respond directly. If you wasnt Erin and Reveritas to see yr comments reply to their comments.
That looks fabulous, and it's a great picture of each of you.
I'm so glad you got to meet Jessamyn. She is another of my favorite people :)
I totally know that author.
Jessamyn West! Except for Me and Thee, all that.
My mom was an aspiring Quaker. I didn't know her personally, though if that is what you thought.
PS look at my LJ.