Well-worn stairs ~

Stairs to reference room, Doe Library, June 29, 2015

Stairs to reference room, Doe Library, June 29, 2015

It’s a little hard to see in this blurry picture, but the steps in this staircase are slightly concave right where foot traffic on them has been heaviest. Climbing them really gives a person a sense of walking in other people’s footsteps!

More candy and a little joke (Original Boomerang for November 28, 1920)

28November1920loresIn this issue of the original Boomerang, celebration of the Boomerang man’s birthday continues with a new shipment of candy, also sweet and good like its sender, in this case Gladice. The Boomerang man is now planning a new addition to the house for keeping candy.

In other news, the occasion of the YMCA convention in Des Moines, which has brought “twelve hundred fine young men” to town, gives the Boomerang Man an occasion to muse about “one of life’s little jokes”:

“Well within the memory of all of our five pretty girls we had a great big house and nobody livin’ in it. Now we have a little home and everybody is livin’ in it.”

“Everyone” is living in it since all of the twelve hundred fine young men seem to have been dropping by, having heard about said five pretty girls “and their cousins and their aunts”! Fred Eno says that they promised to keep all of them “except eleven hundred and ninety nine.” Of course just when they were settled, along came relatives: in particular the Scotts, but that was “to say nothing of indications of the Hasties, the Argentines, the Portugese [sic], and the Greeks”! They are definitely having a full house! Fred goes on to report that once they were “all stored away … Mamma and the Boomerang man went to the attic and told bear stories till an owl in a tree sang us to sleep with his ‘who!’” awww!

There’s also a forecast of the date of Helen Hastie’s wedding, the celebration of which, it seems, will take place at the aforementioned “little home.” Readers will remember Helen from other posts (e.g. here and here); she’s a cousin of the Eno girls. Her mother Louie is a sister of Mary “Mamma” Eno (née Loper).

Otherwise, another print shop came to a fiery demise, but it wasn’t Talbot and Eno, who have an order for six thousand copies (!!) of a pageant (or pageant program?) being put on by the Queen Esthers! Last but not least, Betty/Beth lost her pocketbook (or maybe it was stolen), which had four dollars in it — ouch! That must have been some significant cash back then!

What a week! (and … Little free library #4)

Red little free library, June 26, 2015

Red little free library, June 26, 2015

But first: another little free library! This one I’d categorize the style of this one as “summer camp.” And then there were two days in a row of wonderful SCOTUS news, the second captured below …

It's just marriage now, June 26, 2015

It’s just marriage now, June 26, 2015

… ending with our president helping to bring dignity to a horrible loss with an amazing speech and singing of Amazing Grace (find video here).

Yellow-handled carts ~

Shopping carts, June 24, 2015

Shopping carts, June 24, 2015

Yellow-handled shopping carts verging on a horizon of cantaloupes outside a near daily stopping off point, the Berkeley Bowl Market — today for halibut, milk, wine, olive oil, calcium tablets, two avocados, a container of already-cut butternut squash, an heirloom tomato, bread, and … matches (for lighting glassybaby candles)!