Today: A List of “Firsts”

Conversations: Self’s first with a San Francisco taxi driver in decades. Of course, it began with the standard, “Where are you from?” But what was interesting was, before self had a chance to answer, driver said, “Mongolia?” (!!@@##)

Eats: Self’s first “Golden Gate Roll”, at the Japanese restaurant behind Books, Inc. in Opera Plaza. Ingredients: salmon, tempura shrimp, manggo and tobiko. Self thinks hubby’s order, “Dragon Roll,” looked much much more appetizing (When self asks hubby what the ingredients were, he replies: “I don’t know.”)

Music: Don Quixote-themed night at the San Francisco Symphony. At the talk that preceded the concert, extremely entertaining gent (James Keller) imparted the following information:

    Cervantes’ Don Quixote is the best-selling fictional creation of all time, having sold half a billion copies since its first publication in 15-something something (Its sales bested only by the Bible and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book)
    Miguel de Cervantes had a rather shady character for a father. His father’s trade was listed as “surgeon,” which is more akin to what we think of today as a barber, though Mr. Keller explained that “a 16th century surgeon removed other things than just hair.” (What sort of things he coyly left to audience’s imagination)
    Miguel de Cervantes fought at the Battle of Lepanto (1571).
    He was captured by Barbary pirates and held for ransom for five years in a filthy stinking jail.

Reads: David Sedaris’ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, the first book by Sedaris that self has ever read (And after Billy Bathgate and Welcome to Hard Times, self is extremely, extremely excited to read a book where the most horrible thing that can happen to you is getting kicked out of your house because your father has discovered you are gay)

Reads 2: Because self was able to drop by Books Inc. and pick up freebies like the San Francisco Bay Guardian, self learns about these two exceedingly interesting San Francisco events:

    At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: “Tracing Roads Through Central Asia: On Traders’ Dilemmas and Travelers’ Perspectives,” at the Terrace Galleries, Apr. 17 – June 29. The exhibition ” explores the complex relationship between the process of nation building and the political nature of historical memory in the work of artists from Central Asia’s newly developing countries.”
    The 51st San Francisco International Film Festival opens April 24 and runs to May 8.

And now, self is off to bed. Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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