Today was packed solid. As I’ve had no car here on Catalina, my legs have gotten a good workout traipsing the island hills. I took a tour of the Catalina Island Casino (which in the true denotation of the word means a place of entertainment NOT a gambling place). What a fascinating facility!
One of the most interesting things that happened today was hearing a musical duo, who cvalled themselves, Up in the Air, perform. With me is Frederico and the very beautiful Porschia. What a voice that girl had! And Frederico made magic on his nylon string guitar. Listening to them had to be one of the highlights of the trip.
Another interesting person I met was Ron Pyke, owner of the Bookseller on Metropole Ave., a bookshop specializing in “Fine Old Books, Maps, and Prints.” He is quite an artist in his own right. I found him very conversant on literary matters, he knows many writers (including Anaïs Nin), actors, and other people of fame, and he loves his work. His store is well-stocked, and I could have easily bought more books than I could have carried home. He now carries my books in his store. Here is a picture of me with Ron:
Tomorrow, I’m leaving early to fly back to Louisiana, so there will likely be no blog entry. Check back Thursday though.