not as picky as we might appear. We try to get out and experience
all types of events and goings-on. A
couple of Halloweens ago, we traveled north to the Faulkner
Farm pumpkin patch in Santa Paula. Hayrides, farm animals,
face painting, live music - all of it happening on an actual
pumpkin patch. We walked up and down the rows of crops until
we found just the right pumpkins.
admission, with extra charges for the pumpkins and various
activities. Cute and charming and very memorable, we still
talk about it.
my perspective, the Festival of Books has gone corporate
- with The Los Angeles Times, Target, Barnes & Noble,
Borders, Ticketmaster and Starbucks all staking a claim.
But with that type of big name sponsorship, they've sort
of sucked all the charm out of it too.
at around 1:00. The festival was once again, situated on
the UCLA campus. Admission is free, although parking is
to paint the picture here. The UCLA Campus. Sounds open
and airy and wonderful. Not so. The festival planners have
crammed too much into too little space.
yourself in a large plaza the size of a football field.
Back to back, side to side, and facing outward, are 25 individual
12' x 12' booths. The type you see at any carnival or company
picnic. Each booth has a large sign [ACME Book Sellers],
and in each booth are books.
which you want to be able to browse through and ponder and
contemplate their purchase. Add this same configuration
to four different areas of the campus, plus a food court.
Now add an insane number of people crowding around each
booth, and throughout the walkways, and you sort of get