In the past few weeks of inactivity I've picked up a few RSS subscribers, which means it's about time to chase 'em off with a typically uninteresting post. Courtesy of the ever-hospitable Pablo, I got to spend a four-day weekend in Ft. Worth catching up on my Asian food consumption and used book shopping. I also played D&D for the first time in 20 years. In the interim the rules have become a little more sophisticated, as have the refreshments; in high school we gorged on pizza and Pepsi, but the treats this time included Belgian ale and dried peas coated in wasabi.
On the way back to the Panhandle I stopped by Booked Up, Larry McMurtry's massive antiquarian book shop occupying four buildings on the town square of his dusty little hometown. I didn't find much in my budget except for a Western Rite liturgy printed by the Antiochan Orthodox Church of America--basically a modified Anglican Prayer Book service. If you want an antique leather-bound tome with little reading value--say, an eighteenth-century French legal code--and are willing to pay through the nose for it, then Booked Up is the place for you. For me, it's not really worth the detour, although I was pleasantly surprised at how scenic the landscape around US-82 was, rather like a poor man's New Mexico. (And the first American edition of Venus in Furs was an interesting curio, though I wouldn't have paid the thirty bucks for it.)
Consumed in January