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BookstoreSandrianaBirthdaymeet: Report

From: Kimberley Verburg <>
Subject: [F] BookstoreSandrianaBirthdaymeet  Report
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 01:32:03 +0200
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Attending bibliophiles:
Jos Dingjan, Kimberley Verburg, Maarten Kreuger, Martin Wisse,
Menno/Flexor Willemse, Michel/Cybercat Lanting, Patrick Dersjant, Rolf
Milde, Sandriana and Uwe Milde

Last Saturday, a small group of afpers and their reluctant wallets went to
Amsterdam for Sandriana's Birthday Bookstore Meet. Jos and me arrived at
Barry's Book Exchange before everyone else, which caused me a brief crisis
of conscience. Should I make the most of my head start, remembering how
Eelco had snatched _Inferno_ from under my nose once before, or should I
give the others a fair chance and wait for them? This was easily solved by
asking the question, "would they be nice enough to wait for me?" Silly
question, really.

Ten minutes later, the pitter patter of thundering feet above our heads
heralded the arrival of the others. Apart from some "excuse mes" and
muttered recommendations, there wasn't much talking for the next hour and
a half. It's hard to move your mouth when your chin is helping to hold
down a stack of books.

I bought "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris and finished it yesterday, along with
more chocolate than I usually eat in a month. I'd seen the film adaptation
first and found that the film had really done justice to the book, in
spite of the different ending. I also bought a cool Celtic fantasy -- one
of Katherine Kerr's Deverry books -- while Martin sniffed, "no *wonder*
you like Connie Willis." A *thbppt* with Hugos on top to him.

Patrick joined us at the Thai restaurant where we looked over everyone's
spoils. Michel easily won Largest Stack and he also owned up to Worst
Book, something by the Eddingses. Hungry people perused the menu for their
favourite numbers and Jos's Palm Portable Keyboard was admired amidst
remarks about bad table Mennos.

By some miracle, we found a pub after dinner that was not crowded and
where you didn't have to shout over the music to be heard. Patrick awarded
the Guinness a mere "okay and no more than that", so I guess you can't
have everything.

At the start, serious topics dominated the conversation: politics,
security and religion. The Dutch Cabinet had collapsed three days ago, so
more than a few kicks were aimed at the dead body politic. Later on, we
reminisced about meets past and complained about early Sinterklaas and
Christmas advertising. Rolf and Uwe explained the appeal of Dark Angel. I
think it came down to "Jessica Alba". :-)

Bad jokes were told about babies, blenders and blondes. Sandriana set
Martin's beard on fire, but funnily enough, no one was prepared to throw
their Guinness on him to put it out. At the very end of the meet, karma
bit back and she had to submit to having "Happy Birthday" sung at her.


"Labrat is the one with the ponytail and glasses." -- Menno
"Menno is the one with the glasses and ponytail." -- Martin

Kim -- "I used to live in Voorburg, which is..."
"...a free-range nursing home." -- Jos

"This door intentionally left blank." -- Rolf

Kimberley Verburg

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