Happy Mabon! May we all receive the brightest blessings of the harvest!
This has been a busy week! Monday morning I had a long Skype conference with Gypsy and Jerrie Hildebrand to brainstorm ideas regarding my coming to Salem. Planning on me doing readings, talks, classes, workshops, etc. They want to make this a big deal! Then Kim took me for a fabulous seafood lunch at the Rock Bass Grill, right on the wide Susquehanna River. As on my entire travels so far, the weather has been beautiful.
Tuesday we drove around searching for a Best Buy to repair Kim’s laptop, which had been drowned when her basement flooded in the recent big rains. Our GPS said there was a Best Buy in the huge Capital City mall, but when we got there we learned that it had been gone for some time, though it was still shown on the “You Are Here” map—along with restrooms which also were no longer there. The vast space was largely empty of customers, as was the parking lot. How can they stay in business? We never did find a Best Buy, and Kim’s laptop and printers are still all dead.
On Wednesday Kim drove us to various local places of interest. We had a lovely swim and laid about on the tiny beach at Pinchot Park Lake. We had stromboli for lunch, and then went by TMI (Three Mile Island) nuclear power plant (which is due to finally be decommissioned in a month or so). We hiked up Chique Hill to the overlook, then stopped off at Indian Steps archaeological park (sadly, the museum was closed for the day by the time we got there)…
Yesterday Kim and I drove to Conestoga to visit with my dear friends Julia Moonchild and Eddie Garcia. I met them 5-6 years ago when they brought me out to do a book-signing at their store, Metaphysion, which is now closed. We totally hit it off, and it was they who turned me on to the trippy Dr. Seuss Halloween Grinch video. Julia is a fabulous cook, and she made us her special plantain totos to go with pork chops and Spanish rice. She’s from Puerto Rico, and it turns out that we both know well a Taino Shaman there named Miguel Sague, who contributed to an e-book I wrote with Harvey Wasserman on “2012: Apocalypse or Apotheosis?” This year at Starwood, Harv and I shared a panel on politics with Miguel’s son, also named Miguel.
This evening we’re going on a haunted hayride!
Tomorrow (Sat.) we’re dressing up in full regalia for the local Pagan Pride Day in York, where Kim is vending.
And Sunday is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Afterwards Kim and Shawn are taking me to dinner at the Catacombs at Bubes brewery right here in Mount Joy.Fun!