A week ago today I was in San Francisco at BATS, the Bay Area Tarot Symposium. It was my first time there, although I’d heard about it for years. I had a great time meeting some of the folks who bought my deck (like Robert from New Mexico), and getting to chat with old Tarot friends. I especially enjoyed hanging out with Ellen Lorenzi-Prince (of Tarot of the Crone fame) and her partner Lou; and getting a sneak preview of the proofs of Mark McElroy’s new Bright Idea Deck, which will be published by Llewellyn next March.
I always have mixed feelings about being a vendor at events like this, because my attention is so divided. It’s great to meet people at the table and talk to them on a personal level, but I don’t always get to attend the workshops. If I leave the table, I worry about my “stuff” (Taurus moon here), or possibly missing a potential sale or contact at the table. So it’s difficult to concentrate and to fully participate in the event.
Still, I’m very glad I went and only wish it had lasted longer!
Saturday night Craig and I explored Chinatown and North Beach and had some fabulous food and drink. We bought a few books at City Light Books (how could we not?) and had a delectable drink called a mojito at a sidewalk cafe. It’s made of rum, lime juice, soda water and mint. Mmmm. And the best tiramisu I have ever had, ever. All this, and a vibrant street scene, a wildly colorful mosaic tiled table with glowing candles, heaters overhead and a gypsy violinist serenading us as we indulged in our repast. Heaven. Later we ended up at a jazz club down the street and stayed until the wee hours. The next day we rented a tandem bike at Fisherman’s Wharf and biked up and down the Embarcadero, Didn’t quite make it across the Golden Gate on bicycle — maybe next time. Back to North Beach for dinner, where we ate at the Stinking Rose and had a little food with our garlic.
It was a perfect mini-vacation.