Well, here is a tip for anyone who likes to travel for bargains, particularly for used and collectable books, come for the best "Friends of the Library "book sale in O.C. -- at the Fullerton City Library. It is easily accessible from the train station, just a 10 min walk or so.
I have attended the sale three times in the past few years and have grabbed a few goodies. It's worth the trip to flip and scan through the titles. There are several genres from which to choose-- mostly basic fiction and a very good selection of sci-fi, romance, children's books, art, cooking, non-fiction biographical , political and foreign language titles.
What's interesting to observe during the yearly sales is that there is an active and enthusiastic reading culture in southern California. Each occasion of the grand book sale, people line up and wait with bated breath for the library doors to open. There is a common perception that Los Angeles is not a reading town (and moreover a city of stupid, ignorant uneducated people). Since Orange county is really more associated with the greater Los Angeles area, a town like Fullerton can unfortunately become under the umbrella of L.A. in this aspect. Much too unfortunate!
Hours for the sale are generally from 10 am-4 on Friday, Sat and Sun. However, on Friday, members of the library have first dibs at the sale for the first three hours and teh general public is not let in until the strike of 1 pm. If you are local to the area, it may be worth it to become a member of the library.
So, here are other basics for the sale:
Find the library at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave.
The sales occur tri-annually. For 2006, the dates are in Feb, June and Sept (call or check website below for exact dates and any updated info)
Come with your own sturdy bag to hold your bargains (though they do provide plastic bags).
Besides books, there is other material, including some magazines (some collectable), audio and video.
In 2005, was the 6th Annual Taste of Fullerton even in downtown Fullerton, along Harbor Blvd. Hundreds gather throughout the weekend of May 20th- 22nd to have a sample (or dozen and more) of what city restaurants have to offer from their kitchen.
Beside food, there was much fanfare- concerts, raffles and common day mingling. Three major acts performed this year: John Waite (remember that 80s ballad redone in the 90s by Tina Turner, "I ain't missing you at all/ MISSING YOU/since you've been gone....away), Ambrosia and Edgar Winter Hmmm..mighty impressive musical talents Fullerton!
More pics of the event to come! Smells like a travelogue!
Strawberries are ready to eat and buy at this field off of State College. Many stop by and buy a bunch for the road. Yummy, yummy! Food stops are not just done at MacDonalds! Of course, this is just one of many throughout the farm rich state of California.