What was I doing in Albany’s Hackleman Park this afternoon? Taking a break on a bike ride, sitting on a bench in the shade and sipping a lemonade, as you can see in the photo above.
And in the video below:
Let me correct two mistakes I made while talking into the camera on my phone.
The Pacific Perk kiosk where I got the lemonade is on Pacific Boulevard at Pine Street, not Pacific and Seventh Avenue. I had taken Seventh to get to that part of town, and I guess Seventh stuck in my mind.
I got the lemonade after coming out of Browsers’, the bookstore that shares its parking lot with the coffee kiosk.
At the store I bought two used paperbacks, novels by Lawrence Block. I’m sorry that in the video the author’s name came out as “Black.”
What made me say that? Must have been the heat.
You’ve probably heard of Lawrence Block, who turned 85 on June 24 and, according to his website has written more than 100 books over the last 50 years.
Many of the books are crime novels. All of them are entertaining. All the ones I’ve read, anyway.
One of his main characters is a professional thief, another a professional killer. Even though they are criminals, both of these characters are basically decent men that readers come to like.
How does Block pull this off? Well, pick up his books and find out for yourself. (hh)