Photo by Hugh “Front Row” McBride
My book talk Sunday afternoon in the homey environment of Cafe con Libros in downtown Pomona drew an audience of 15, one more than my launch event at the Pomona Public Library. (If each event for “On Track” draws one more than the previous event, someday I’ll be at Staples!)
Above, Gustavo Arellano listens attentively as I read from my book, which collects the best of my columns from 2001-2005. The longtime journalist and author, best known for his previous gig writing an advice column called “Ask a Mexican,” and now an op-ed columnist in the LA Times, among other gigs, drove up to Pomona from Santa Ana, a generous gesture. He got lost, mistaking Valley Boulevard for Mission Boulevard, but he made it on time.
I didn’t give him away, although when he raised his hand during the question period, I said, “Is this ‘Ask an Anglo’?” “‘Ask a Gabacho,'” he corrected me.
Gustavo, by the way, contributed the flattering blurb for my book’s back cover: “David Allen is the most underrated columnist in Southern California. Anyone who doesn’t buy this book deserves exile to Orange County.” As he likes to say: “HA!”
I’m kicking myself, though, that I didn’t put him on the spot and ask him to do a dramatic reading of his blurb.
Curious about my new book? Or maybe you missed that it exists. Either way, Friday’s column fills you in on what it is and what’s in it, as well as listing my first few book tour stops.
During my vacation to Krakow, I took a somber side trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the concentration camps. That’s the subject of Sunday’s not-exactly-cheerful column.
I visited Krakow, Poland almost on a whim — I was headed to Berlin for a friend’s wedding — and found a delightful Old World city with newfangled touches. Food trucks, anyone? Read about it in Friday’s column — with a sequel coming Sunday. Above, Main Market Square.
I’ll be back at work Sept. 5. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
Completing a trilogy of columns on my car accident, I write about buying my replacement car: a Fiat. Plenty of readers chimed in on social media or in person about it. That’s the subject of Wednesday’s column.
In Friday’s column, I return to the topic of my recent car accident to print some reader response, let everyone know how I’m doing and offer an update. Thanks to all for the good wishes.
Sorry to have missed Sunday’s column, but I took Friday off to take care of my car situation. I bought a used Fiat! And, whew, returned my rental before the deadline.
Over the weekend, I dealt with all the paperwork, insurance, etc., and sorted through all the stuff pulled from my Mini Cooper (RIP) before taking what was necessary to the Fiat. I didn’t carry much in my car, but it’s still a lot when it’s spread out on your living room floor.
This also meant picking up and sweeping teeny bits of broken auto glass that had festooned my items, especially my umbrella with all its folds. That stuff is pesky; even this morning, after all the cleanup, and post-cleanup, I spotted two more little pieces.
Anyway, I’m now fully carred, albeit in a compact. Let’s roll.
As you may have heard, I was in a pretty serious car accident last week, but survived intact. I tell that strange story in Sunday’s column.
The heat was driving me nuts, so I fled to Santa Ana for an overnight stay, where I found food, art and air conditioning. Sleep proved scarcer, as you’ll see in Wednesday’s column.
Did you make it through the weekend all right? How did you keep cool?