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Went with Sarah & Simon and Kathleen to the Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival today.

(On the way there, S&S pointed out a house that had been moved--apparently the owners of the lot had given the house away for free on the condition that the new owners take it elsewhere. So the new owners had lifted the whole house and moved it around the corner. Somehow the idea of picking up a house and moving it made me think of Heather's story "Single White Farmhouse.")

Spent much of the afternoon wandering around and looking at art and such. Sarah bought me a nice pair of earrings from Ellen McErlane. (Kathleen bought a couple pairs too, including one particularly pretty double-helical piece.) At a different booth, I got a fabulous tie-dyed velvet multipurpose garment for Kam--gorgeous colors. (S, S, or K, do you remember what it was called? The guy told me, but I'm blanking.) There was a lot of home-improvement kinds of stuff (clearly the whole fair was pitched to an affluent audience); I was intrigued by the retractable screen doors (they roll up into the housing as you open them).

The others also suggested that I get a hat from Head 'N Home. I was pretty tempted by the Sierra hats (the one they had on display was a lighter/grayer color than that photo), but decided to hold off on making a decision, for several reasons:

  • I very rarely have occasion to wear a hat, though I like the idea of wearing a hat.
  • The Sierra line is somewhat less crushable than some of the others they had. I like crushable hats--one reason I rarely wear the non-crushable one I have is the difficulty of transporting it--but I liked the styling of the Sierra better than that of the crushable ones. The Sierra is semi-crushable, but has a wire in the front and back of the brim.
  • The Sierra was twice the price of the crushable ones. Probably still not an unreasonable price for a hat, but just enough to make me hesitate.
  • My last hat fit me well when I bought it, but now is too small for me. I don't know if that means it shrank or my head grew, but it makes me hesitant about hats.
  • I mostly try not to buy or wear leather these days. (I wear leather shoes for dress occasions, and I have a leather wallet, basically because I dislike fake leather; but I'm politically/morally unhappy about that preference, and in general have been moving away from leather use over time.)

Still, S&S and K said it looked good on me, and I do like hats, and I like the look of leather hats a lot more than the look of, say, mesh or straw or felt hats. I think what I would prefer is a hat in the style of the Sierra but using a canvas-style material instead of the leather; my old hat (an Indiana Jones hat from Disneyland) was made of cloth. Anyway, if I decide I want the Sierra, I can order it online.

On the way out, we came across a booth featuring cool photos (presumably Photoshopped) of various fruits and vegetables juxtaposed with each other. Like, a pineapple cut open to reveal watermelon flesh inside, or eggshells cracked open to show that they contained berries. Also a really neat one showing a round loaf of bread on a plate with crab legs sticking out of it so it looked like a crab at first glance. Nifty. The artist was named Robert K. Tait, and the series is apparently called "Incredible Edibles," but he doesn't appear to have a website. But I suspect he goes to a lot of these kind of street fairs.

Eventually we got back to S&S's place, where they fed us homemade chocolate ice cream. Yummy.

Then I came home and did magazine stuff and read more of The Privilege of the Sword. And now I am very sleepy.

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The shawl/poncho garment is called a ruana.


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