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Hollywood

My week in Hollywood has just finished and I'm now on a plane to Tokyo. Just hearing the Japanese announcements on the airplane's PA brings back fond memories of my trip here last year and makes me more excited to get there.

(Quick aside. The girl next to Todd is sleeping in the most hilarious position I've ever seen. She's kneeling facing the seat with her legs under the seat in front of her. Her head is face down on the seat of the chair, buried in the cushion. I cannot imagine that that's comfortable in any way. I wish I had my camera out to take a picture.)

I waited too long to call people so I didn't get to see all of my old friends, but I did get to see a bunch of them. I stayed at Style's place, spending most of my time working on CD on one couch while he worked on a new book on the other couch. His new girlfriend, an exotic half Indian, quarter Japanese, quarter something else, hung out with us a lot. She's adorable and a lot of fun, and they're in love.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

So I thought I'd just talk about a couple of other things I've been up to lately .  .  . I've been reading this new book lately, or rather, I've been savoring it by reading tiny bits and pieces here an there.  While I was in Huntsville, Alabama last summer, I stopped in at an small used books store.  Lo and behold, I found this sitting quietly on a shelf .  .  . This is exactly the kind of book that someone who authors a blog called "Where Pianos Roam" would absolutely love.  "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" by Thad Carhart is about an American living in Paris who reclaims a long-forgotten passion of his.  You can easily guess by the title of this book what that passion is. While walking his small kids to their school on the weekdays, he passes by a curious little storefront.  As days and weeks pass by, he notices pianos of varying shapes and sizes being moved in and out of its front door.  His curiosity grows until he finally gets up the moxy to walk into that same front door.  Little does he know that there is an enchanting world waiting for him to inhabit--as if he was a prodigal son finally returning home. I am only a third of the way through this book, and I am honestly dreading finishing it.  I've been carrying it everywhere but constantly resisting the urge to read it.  Much like my sushi craze, it is a special treat I've been saving for times when I crave a special delight.  Every page of this book is just yummy. I am going to do a full review of this one as soon as I am done with this .  .  . whenever that might be. I do have a small project that I'll be working on this month.  I am going to be sending out my first annual holiday greeting card in early December.   I have some cool ideas for this card, and when my friends see it, they'll DEFINITELY know that it came from me. If you would like to be added to my holiday greeting mailing list, please feel free to email me at gordon(at)gordonroque(dot)com.   I'll even gladly be on yours if  you want to trade addresses. Well, that's it for this Sunday. I hope you all have the best week ever. -g

 

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