Fun with Alcohol and Explosives – Just Like the Founding Fathers Intended!

Although I have lived in the SF area for over 20 years, I have never before watched fireworks over the Bay; Steve *thinks* he remembers doing it once in his 25 years here. Neither of us are really big on crowds, and we don’t think it’s a good use of our time to drive somewhere …

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Special Librarians Deserve Special Cider

As I think I’ve mentioned previously, finding a nice place to have a cider while travelling, or better yet a local cider to enjoy, has become an essential part of my travel planning in recent times. From a stop at the local bottle shop before departing Inverness in Scotland, to planning several evening stops while …

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Blazing a Path on the Sonoma Cider Trail

The tasting room for Ace Cider is not the easiest place to get to, partially because you have to find it tucked away behind a warehouse on the grounds of their production facility, but primarily because it is only open from 1-5 on Friday afternoons. This was not someplace we could head to on a …

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Happy World Cider Day from Oakland!

In honor of World Cider Day, Steve and I headed over to Oakland with friend Marie to sample the offerings at Crooked City. Steve and I had been at the location previously for the NorCal Cider Classic the night before this year’s SF Cider Summit, but we hadn’t sampled the Crooked City ciders that evening. …

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Sing with Me, Sing for the Years, Sing for the Laughter, Sing for the Tears

2016 marks 20 years since I graduated from college. How 20 years could have passed so quickly, and how I can still feel like it has been, maybe, 10 years, are questions I continue to contemplate. Nonetheless, the math checks out. Being the advance planner that I am, much earlier in the year I inquired …

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The Annual Parental Visit

My parents came out at the beginning of August for their annual visit; our plan for their visit was scheduled around attending the Monterey Scottish Games. Steve and I usually go to the Scottish Games in Pleasanton, and my parents have gone with us once or twice and really enjoyed it. Plus, they really wanted …

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