Smart Dates on a shoestring: The Bookstore Date
AFTER…The requisite first date ‘Coffee Shop Hustle’ where you dance
around, check one another out and flirt up a storm – you decide if there will be a Date #2
If you agree to see one another again and are on a budget, checkout Johnny FunCheap, the Sunday Chronicle Pink Section or Marin’s online paper, the Pacific Sun, for great ideas about special events, street fairs, flea markets, parties,tours, and various hikes.
Another idea, which falls neatly into the Romance on a Shoestring Category:
The Bookstore Author Event
“Rodney Right” and I attended the most hysterical stand up routine ever.
Phenomenally funny, David Sedaris, author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Naked” as well as numerous New Yorker pieces was at Book Passages in Corte Madera. He regaled the standing room only, sardine-like, wall-to-wall, audience with an hour of a sardonic, riotous, hilarious stories. Sedaris read from his book, “Engulf Me in Flames”. Hot tip: This is the ideal location for Date Number Two (in addition to being a great bookstore, there is free parking and a small café).
Book Passages has a beautiful San Francisco store at the Ferry Building and the flagship store is located 20 minutes from the City in Corte Madera. Certainly they are two of the Bay Area’s most stellar independent bookstores. Book Passages brings the most talented writers of the day to their stores Once saw the famed Larry Dossey M.D , who spoke about his book on premonition. You should have been there.
Sedaris arrived early, as did the crowds, for his book signing. Sedaris mentioned he enjoyed asking each book buyer a funny question as he signs a book. One oblique query to an unsuspecting soul was “When is the last time you touched a monkey? ” Turns out – it had only been a matter of hours.
The irreverent and riotous Sedaris also writes for the New Yorker and is the only person I’ve heard admit that he enjoys going on book tours. He has a number of great “Big Box” shopping at Costco stories.
His first reading of the night was about an email that was so funny people in the audience were weeping with laughter. The hilarious story was constructed with keen layers of irony and was like unwrapping one of those Russian stacking dolls, each new development more preposterous and cause for a great roars of laughter.
The audience was kept abreast of Sedaris’ lactose intolerant point of view. You had to be there.
Perfect place for a second, third…date. Women love bookstores. See my recent “Top Ten Places to Meet Women in San Francisco”.
Price: Free. Experience: Priceless.