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Posted on September 11 at 7:53 a.m.
People can talk all they want about the "inevitability" of the end of good, small, independent bookstores owned by passionate book lovers, and it may be so- but it doesn't ease the sense of loss over the closure of Thrasher's.
I have never once gone in and not walked out with something great- and, usually, something far different than what I thought I was looking for, so superb is the selection there.
Efficiency, cost- important, sure, but the warm, human, nourishing experience of buying a book from Thrasher's is simply absent in downloading a volume to your iPad.
Thanks you, Barbara, and thanks to all the great bookstore owners- you're very much appreciated.
On Thrasher Books to Close
Posted on August 23 at 5:47 p.m.
@fearbeneath: With a histrionic, overblown name like yours, and silly, dramatic headlines on your website such as, "Great White Sharks Invade Santa Barbara", you- and your organization- are as about as "fair and balanced" as Fox News- which is to say, not at all. Stop your nonsense and fear mongering, please. Ans cease and desist with the plugs for your website while you're at it.
On Santa Barbara's Summer of the Shark
Posted on July 20 at 8:43 a.m.
With all respect, I'm pretty confident that few would consider the Black Crowes to be either seminal or a psych-rock outfit. A great band, for sure, but not quite pysch-rock...
On Chris Robinson Gets Back to Basics with New Band
Posted on July 17 at 9:18 a.m.
Am I correct in reading that your buddy called SAR after you were a mere couple of hours late? Really? And this, after you apparently felt that the need to pursue your vision quest mitigated the your responsibility to operate within your personal comfort zone in the backcountry (i.e. in this case, traveling with a partner)? Wow, man- just wow. Since '71, huh?
On 39-mile Backpack Over Mission Pine Ridge
Posted on May 29 at 5:11 a.m.
"I admit I dislike meeting bikers on the trail (I bike only on roads), and horses, but I also have to admit that the bikers do some helpful maintenance."
Well, as an avid mountain biker, I admit I dislike meeting hikers on the trail (I don't bike on roads) and horses, but I also have to admit that the hikers do some helpful maintenance.
On Nineteen Oaks and Hidden Potrero Camp via Camuesa Connector Trail
Posted on May 8 at 10:21 p.m.
Superb column- exceedingly well-considered and well-written.
Thanks and regards,
On Rocky Ridge Off-Trail Scramble
Posted on April 23 at 4:11 p.m.
Fine article, Dan- but do you really need to use wood for your fire?
Frankly, at this point, we should all be on the same page with regards to the fact that using wood to build a fire in the backcountry is simply not justifiable, and results in needless environmental degradation. A stove- whether an MSR or a solid fuel model such as this: http://tinyurl.com/7drm8cy- is a much better option, is less of a pain in the neck, is faster, and results in no degradation...
Jeff ButlerLos Olivos
On Little Pine Mountain Easy Backpack
Posted on March 31 at 9:17 a.m.
Not sure what's more chagrin-inducing here: the writer's sycophantic approach to the article and his subject, or the fact that the Indy saw fit to publish on a chubby, wholly irrelevant, silly, out-of-shape, arrogant nincompoop. Next time I see this prick in the lineup, I'm burning him, on general principles alone...
On On Fire with Arson
Posted on July 14 at 12:52 p.m.
@Becky: "been among the most responsible, considerate, and respectful users of the forests"
Sorry, but this is utter and complete nonsense. Let me direct you to the vile trash piles that are the "shooting ranges" on Figueroa Mountain Rd and East Camino Cielo. There are no larger collections of garbage and refuse anywhere in the national forests than these two site. Hunters and shooters are in fact some of the very LEAST responsible, LEAST considerate, LEAST respectful users of the forest.
On Hunting Banned Along Paradise Road