One thing we didn't expect was the cut flowers in honor of our anniversary. A nice touch, but then Art's that kind of guy. He also provided me with Dr Pepper, of which I drank copious amounts.
Now about the stuff you're interested in. Where to begin? With the LPs? Thousands of them. Art has listened to them all on his incredible sound system. Even I, who have no ear at all, can tell the difference in his system and others I've heard. It's for audiophiles, and it'll blow you away.
Or how about the McGinnis originals? You can see some of them in the photo of me and Judy with the flowers. Art even has the sketch of himself that McGinnis made for the book that Art did. (It's appreciated considerably in value since I bought mine.) And speaking of McGinnis, Art has every book that McGinnis did a cover for, two shelves of them, double stacked. He has quite a collection of McGinnis movie posters, too, including some obscure and rare ones.
And then there's the book room. That's where I spent the most time. Amazing. I lingered over the British digests with their great titles and covers, and then spent a bit of time with other things before moving to what I'm convinced is the world's greatest and most complete collection of Novel Books and Merit Books. If not every title is represented, I don't know what's missing. Art really needs to start a blog about those two imprints. Great stuff, for sure.
While I was doing all the looking and admiring, Judy, Angela, and Tom were off with another friend, Bruce Taylor, touring a few wineries. Bruce was once known as "Mr. Bouchercon." Now he lives in Napa, where he's devoting his studies to Broadway shows, among other things. When they came back, Art grilled some skirt steaks and served them with corn and potatoes. Bruce provided the desserts, various pies. I had the chocolate. It was a fine meal, and we talked about books and movies and music and such. The best kind of talk.
We had a wonderful time. This visit was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco.