Larkspur, Harry Potter, The Boss, The Rolling Stones & Altamont

Every day is an adventure if you choose to live your life that way. And every interaction with a person can be a revelation if you allow it. So it was I randomly walked into “diesel, the book store” at the Country Mart in Larkspur, which is becoming a favourite of mine. Upon entering the book store, I was greeted by the score to a Harry Potter movie. I had not taken four steps when four books spoke to me. I hadn’t bought an actual book in quite some time, opting for the convenience of the kindle app despite the fact my first love were actual pages I could touch.

  1. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Altamont, by Joel Selvin
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  4. Hiking Marin – 141Great Hikes in Marin County

I have a lot of favourite artists, but The Boss was my first favourite. Born in the USA changed me, so it was a no-brainer that I would want to read his autobiography, especially since this time tomorrow, I would be on an airplane headed to Chicago. The Harry Potter series is among my favourite of all-time; I like to think of it as the story of Snape running in the background to Harry’s main storyline. I cannot wait to read what happens almost two decades after the last book. And hiking in Marin is a no brainer, cos I like to hike in Marin.

As I was being rung up at the counter, an older gentleman with a bright white goatee and long white hair on the sides and back of his head, leaving the top shaved and tanned. He had a bespectacled look, and for a brief second, I thought I was looking into the face of David Crosby’s brother.

“I didn’t get past the entry way without these books speaking to me. I have to leave. Otherwise, I would buy the whole store!”

“We’ll give you a discount!”

“Now you’re talking! I’ve got some reading ahead of me.”

“We had Joel Selvin here giving a talk about Altamont.”

“I wrote a paper on the Stones and Altamont 25 years ago.” In reality, it was 28. Freshman year at Purdue University was further back than my memory would allow me to acknowledge.

“I was there.”

“No way!!”

“Yea, it was a bad scene. I left before the the Stones even went on. The Hells Angels were a rough crowd.”

I was listening intently.

He continued, “Yea it wasn’t the hippy stuff we loved. They didn’t belong.” And then, lowering his voice to an almost whisper, “They turned me Republican for years.”

David Crosby, the Republican. I’m thinking that’s changed. I laughed as I paid for the books and walked out.

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