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Washington Square! Let's do it!

Hello, hello, hello! So, as I confessed to Angela and Laura as we shared a bottle of classy vino after last Sunday's event, I sometimes grumble to myself as a readup approaches, saying, "Why did I schedule this? There goes half my weekend. Time is short. Life is shorter. I'm getting *old.* It's all flying by so **fast.** I need to just stay home and ***accomplish things.*** I need to hoard the flitting minutes like a miser of moments." And then, you know what? I go to the readup, and I have a _profoundly_ awesome time. Yet again. So, let's do it again: Let's have a profoundly awesome time. And let's do it in a profoundly awesome place: Washington Square Park in North Beach. Really: It's right out of a storybook. And that seems perfectly appropriate, yes?

As always: Bring a reading of 10 minutes or so. Anything goes--don't worry; be happy (and come share your reading, and your profoundly human self, with all of us). Also consider bringing a collection of unpredictable-San Francisco-weather togs (though I'm choosing Washington Square Park in part because it's August and North Beach is more likely than some other places to be sunny--cross your fingers). And bring food and bevvies to pass around (we'll need to be discreet about wine and such, 'cause alcohol is verboten in most, if not all, public parks in this town--you can be clever like Cindy and Paul and transfer your wine to a Pellegrino bottle; though we didn't seem to have any trouble in South Park passing Chardonnay back and forth in a very chichi SFMOMA bag). And maybe bring a folding-chairish thing if you think your knees or back or derriere or whatever might be happier that way. And bring a sun hat and maybe some sunscreen. And bring your singing voice just in case Laura (or blue-ribbon newbie Diane) decides to lead a singalong (for _profound_ bonus points). And, um, Paul... bring your **reading.** (Poor Paul.) :0)

The theme, you ask? Hmmm. Well, here's one thing: Why is it that *Washington* Square Park has a statue of *Benjamin Franklin* in the middle of it? You could make a theme out of that somehow. Other themes: Italy; delicatessens (Molinari's is just down the street yum yum); small, tight, traditional neighborhoods; tourism; printing presses (I'll tell you all about that when I see you); Beat poets; cable cars; bocce ball; Chinatown(s); and... (drumroll, please) delicious pastries! Yes, those are the given themes. As always, interpret them as creatively as you like, as lightly or seriously as you desire. Or ignore them completely. It's up to you.

Public transit? Well, I seem to remember that you can nab the 30 Stockton from Market Street somewhere not too far from the Powell Street or Montgomery Street Station and ride over on that. Check 511.org. It's also a pretty comfortable walk from Market (and a very interesting one--I suggest going through the Jackson Square Historic District, being sure to catch the stretch of Jackson between Sansome and Columbus). I'll leave it to others to chime in on transit and parking options below, in the Comments section. Oh, and please bring two smackers in bills to help me defray the monthly Meetup fee--I hate to ask, but, well, Meetup does put the touch on me.

Hope to see a dule of you! We'll meet on the lawn, just to the southeast of Mr. Franklin.

Grumble, grumble,

--Edward

P.S. As always, I may update this, but the essentials (time, date, etc.) won't change.

P.P.S. Additional thematic material: Christopher Columbus--and all that implies. (How's that for an easy-to-manage swath of the human experience?)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really fun, and interesting. Very nice, friendly group of people.

    August 11, 2013

    • Laura

      Yes, I never knew "rhetoric" was such a broad topic! (I'm always thankful for Monty Python, thanks, Edwin)

      1 · August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Edwin for that! I'll share it with my group who knows the secret rhetorician handshake. :)

      August 11, 2013

  • Edwin

    excellent, as usual

    August 11, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    work

    August 10, 2013

  • Diane

    Yay! Just in time, as I'm leaving town later next week. Thanks for all of your work, Edward. And remember that it's okay to ask people for help organizing if you need it in the future (i.e. me). :-)

    August 8, 2013

    • Edward

      Thanks, Diane! Look forward to seeing you. Yes, I'm gonna get the cooperative organizational thing going on soon. :)

      August 10, 2013

  • Edward

    Wow. Look at this. And it seems you can download a free volume (_Swann's Way_ perhaps?), if you sign up for a free 30-Day trial of Audible.
    http://www.openculture.com/2013/07/listening-to-prousts-remembrance-of-things-past-maybe-the-longest-audio-book-ever-made.html

    August 2, 2013

    • Edward

      Whoops. Didn't realize Audible audiobooks can be used only with Audible's software. That kinda blows. Oh well.

      August 2, 2013

  • C

    YAY! Washington Square Park is one of my favorites! And such synchronicity that Paul's "missing' reading just happens to be Kerouac. : )

    July 24, 2013

    • Edward

      Funny how that worked out, isn't it? As if the fix was in or something. ;-)

      July 28, 2013

    • C

      Ha-ha. Paul is very happy. : )

      July 28, 2013

  • Edwin

    I hope to get there this time:....
    http://youtu.be/rjZuzEd1ApM

    July 25, 2013

    • Edward

      Since you'll be bringing a stove, Kritika, we can be a bit fancier than usual food-wise.

      July 25, 2013

    • Edward

      Re: my earlier stove comment: Who'll be making the crepes? Edwin, is that your job? Can't wait. I'd like mine with salmon, chives, and creme fraiche, s'il vous plait. (I'll waive the $2 fee for you.) :0)

      July 28, 2013

  • Edward

    Hooray, April's coming back! :-)

    July 28, 2013

  • Susan E.

    So sorry to miss two read-alouds in a row. And even sorrier for the reason we will miss the August read-up. We will be at a memorial service. Will look forward to the September meeting.

    July 25, 2013

    • C

      So sorry, Susan. : ( We will look forward to seeing you in September.

      July 25, 2013

    • Edwin

      sorry susan...we'll miss you and joe...

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I absolutely love the concept of this group but don't make any. Once I leave on Friday night, you are not getting me back on BART until Monday. How about a reading and wine happy hour? It is still nice in the evenings.

    July 24, 2013

    • Edward

      We've done that before. Sure. Can do. :)

      July 25, 2013

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