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Going Back to Cali
February 6, 2008 |
A friend of mine says she is booked to see you in Chico, CA on Valentine's Day. But Chico, fine town that it is, is not listed on the APHC Schedule. Is she deluded or do you still have a day job and are going there in another capacity?
A few years ago, Ann, I discovered the intense pleasure of standing in front of an audience and telling stories for ninety minutes, and I do that now and then, to keep in shape and also to meet people who listen to the show (which I myself don't get to do). And most of the time they pay me to do this. I occasionally get carried away and go for two hours or more, which can be a problem for older men in the audience, but it's good to stretch out. And it's hard work. As for Chico, it's up beyond Sacramento, in an agricultural part of California where they grow things on trees and bushes, and I once stayed there in a modest old shotgun-style house, white frame, with several screened porches on it, and woke up hearing birds and got dressed and went off to a breakfast somebody had arranged with the poet Gary Snyder and the writer John McPhee, two heroes of mine at one breakfast table. Have you read John McPhee? Everything he writes is golden, though his books on geology can be slow going, and I'd especially recommend "Oranges" and "The Crofter and the Laird," though everything is superb.