I had to drive into Prescott yesterday and decided to have some fun. After the purpose of my errand my first stop was the Prescott Center for the Arts to see their current exhibit, Primary Colors. I enjoyed it very much. I was the sole person in the small gallery which gave me time to study each artwork. Many fine photograpic images, as well as other artwork. I came away convinced that there is much talent in the area and I encourage everyone in the area to go see the exhibit.
Then it was on to the Peregrine bookstore, which is run by an old friend of mine, Tom Broderson. Tom was one of the proprietors of the Satisfied Mind bookstore, now gone, and was one of the original founders of Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe. All three of these are very fine shops for the book and magazine lover. As usual, I dropped a few dollars, picking up a copy of Lapham's Quarterly and a new book of photographs by the great Annie Leibovitz. It is good to have a fabulous bookstore within easy reach but not close enough to tempt me more often.
I paid a visit to the new Bird Cage Saloon on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott. The original bar was destroyed by fire a couple of years ago and the new location is just a couple of doors south. It's larger than the old "Cage", slick and smooth and the restrooms are a vast improvement as well. One of the owners, Deb Stamm, told me to check them out. I visited for awhile with Deb and then headed out again.
When I came out it was cold with a bit of rain in the air and a gusty wind blowing. I decided I needed something hot (and alcoholic) and headed for the long bar at Murphy's for one of their fine Irish Coffees. My timing was perfect as snow grains were pelting down as I got out of my car. But the drink was warm and tasty and I had a long conversation with a fellow on the next stool, Jim, an expatriate Chicagoan who now lives in Prescott. He picked Seattle to win the Super Bowl. I'm for Denver but we still had a congenial chat.
Braced for the weather, I now ventured toward home but had to stop off at Trader Joe's to pick up a few food and wine items for the big day tomorrow.
A stop to renew my membership at my neighborhood Sam's Club and one final stop at a supermarket for bread and I headed home.
'Twas a day well spent and well enjoyed. Today I'm home alone as SWMBO and the BRD are enjoying their weekly lunch date - this week at Macayo's.
Darn, now I'm getting hungry.