Switchfoot in St. Louis

21 02 2010

This past Monday we headed to St. Louis to watch Switchfoot in concert.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been extremely excited about this for a while.  And in the end, it was even better than we expected!

The concert was at The Pageant, the same place we saw MuteMath.

During the beginning of the first song we wondered where Jon’s voice was coming from.  Then we looked behind us and lo and behold there he was!  He then came up to our long table and stood right (right) in front of us and sang (and held my hand).

And during the last song, Jon jumped up on our table to sing again!

They were magnificent!  True San Diego Rock!

And we had a great time!

We then stayed the night at the Moonrise Hotel which was right by the Pageant.

This awesome staircase changed colors!

Another view of the lobby.  They had a retro lunar theme.

So, we loved spending the day together, seeing Switchfoot do their amazing thing, and staying in a swanky hotel.  Hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime!

Note:  These and a few more pictures can be found in a Flicker set found here.


Bookstore Adventure

27 09 2009

This afternoon I went to check out local used bookstores for what in my head was the “Columbia Bookstore Tour of Amazingness”.  Nevermind that I only made it to two of my intended three or four stops.  I still had a grand ol’ time!

First, I traveled to Adam’s Walls of Books (I’ve already been there before, and I wrote about that visit here).  The owner told me last weekend that they had a Ralph Waldo Emerson book somewhere and that she’d give me a call if she found it (since I was searching high and low for an Emerson book).  Well she called me just as I was headed out the door to visit her shop again today!  I was stoked to get my mitts on that Emerson book!  Of course, I imagined it to be in a pristine, leather bound edition for only $5…(Haha!)  Well, it wasn’t that pretty, but it was a hardcover and a good collection of Emerson’s works for $8, so I took it.  There’s a clear plastic cover over the dust jacket, so it’s actually nicer than it appears.  And the book is in good condition to boot.

Once I got the Emerson book, I almost immediately stumbled over the cutest 50’s kids book ever.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t noticed it the weekend before.  It’s a Golden Book, but it’s a different shape and thicker than most, and it has a good amount of stories in it with super adorable illustrations to match!

(Click the picture of the illustrations below for a larger version.)

After that, I asked the owner if I could take pictures of her store and she gave permission.  So I walked around looking at various things, taking pictures of the signs and the interestingly set up shelves.

I paid for my two new/old books with a promise that I will return sometime and I headed on to the next bookstore, Columbia Books.  This one I had never been to.

Inside I was greeted by rows and rows of used books in excellent condition, a fluffy, laid-back cat named Fred (nevermind that he attempted to bite me), and extremely nice workers (people who I assumed were also the owners, but I could be wrong).

While perusing their shelves I ran across one books by one of my favorite authors, Calvin Miller, and a book of his that I had never heard of before.  I already owned the first book of a trilogy, evidently.  It was great to accidentally run into the second book in the series.

I clutched my newfound book and slowly explored most of the bookstore.  It really was the best used bookstore I have ever seen.  A great variety of books which were in the best of shape.  As I bought the book I spoke with the workers and explained my tour I was on and how much I adored their store.  They were very kind and also allowed me to take the pictures I’m putting in this post, and even suggested featuring Fred the Cat.  As I left I told them I’d most definitely be back.

I had a blast today searching through rows and rows of books, talking with nice book-people, and enjoying the perfect fall weather with a bit of rain.  And I’m looking forward to visiting these stores again sometime!

Note:  All bookstore adventure and book pictures can be found in a set on my Flickr page here.