When I got into Vancouver yesterday morning at 7:30, after getting up at 4:30 AM in Robert;s Creek to catch the ferry, I had the biggest day of my trip waiting for me. A TV interview, newspaper interview, meeting a publisher friend, and presentation/signing at the Vancouver Public Library. I was beat. I used my new GPS device (Garmin Nuvi)* to find a hotel and it turned out to be a nice Best Western across the street from Vancouver’s legendary blues venue, The Yale Hotel. In fact I ended up with a corner room looking down on the hotel:
This is a great club, the only other town I’ve been that had places like this was Chicago. No effetes. Real people. The house band, Brickhouse, was playing and it was a dance partay, with red/orange/pink spotlights, a large room, pool tables, an ambience that can’t be faked, or acquired, the blues filling the room and dancers’ souls.
It was my first totally fun night in 3 weeks.
*I absolutely cannot believe what one of these devices does for you. I can’t see how I could have managed this trip, with all its addresses, without it. More later.