Ranging in sizes from 4 to 14, the 2013 neighborhood dinners showcased the eclectic interests of our members. Food, wine and great conversation was had by all. Thank you to all who participated, and especially to those who provided the recaps below. – Tricia
by Diane Rosenberger
Nine of us enjoyed good food and heard good music at Panama Hotel & Restaurant in San Rafael on Tuesday, April 23. Conversation was a challenge because of the music, but still everyone seemed to have a good time.
Shane Curtin, currently an intern under David Grossman’s direction in the Mill Valley Public Library History Room, said that he will be starting the MLIS program at San Jose State in the fall. We all offered encouragement.
Angie Brunton continues to enjoy her mystery and music-filled retirement.
The next dinner is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday July 24 in northern Marin or southern Sonoma.
by Lauren Reid
On April 18 there were 11 of us who met at Bocanova in Jack London Square for what was a stupendous night of wonderful food, superb company, and refreshing wine. Those who attended were Sarah Rae Cook, Kathryn Olson, Lauren Reid, Debbie Bardon, Lydia Petersen, Sandy Malloy, David Grossman, Cynthia Eastman, Claudia Fenelon, Julie Tunnell, and Kris Waller. Conversations were diverse, with discussions about career opportunities, life in Oakland, and current library/information trends. Everyone chimed in on their favorite dishes, such as the wine (which included a California pinot gris and a Spanish merlot/cab blend), asparagus, cooked peppers, and cauliflower. Everyone was also asked to provide a word or two about what they felt about the dinner, which included such inspiring words as: “my tribe,” “jovial,” “impressed,” “warm,” “energizing,” “sparkling,” “relaxing and easy,” “scintillating,” and “happy to be reprieved.”
By Craig Cruz, Jr.
On a cool but clear Thursday evening, our quartet of librarians met at Boulevard Café in Daly City. Over cocktails and the restaurant’s mix of upscale bistro food (with touches of Greek cuisine), we discussed the state of librarian employment today. Jaye Lapachet shared her experience in law librarianship and Linda Yamamoto talked about the situation in the academic world. Claressa Mazzetti talked about her exciting job in research, where deadlines and new topics allow no room for boredom. She asked for information on open-source ILS options and we offered suggestions and caveats. Jaye, in particular, had ideas from her days as an independent consultant. Craig detailed his job search efforts, and Jaye and Linda recommended the upcoming SLA conference to him and Claressa as a prime networking opportunity, especially as the event will be held in California this year. Eventually, conversation turned to leisure time reading, including how audiobooks enable one to enjoy books while remaining occupied with hobbies and commuting to work. By the time technology made its way into the discussion – this time in the form of phone apps and the challenge in identifying an unmet need, it was time to head home. The much smaller group this year allowed us to really spend time on topics with the whole group. We encourage everyone to attend a Neighborhood Dinner. See you next year at Boulevard Café in Daly City!
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
A intimate group of 4 dined at Liberty Cafe on April 24th: Matthew Woods, Jo Falcon, Phi Huynh and Phi’s guest. Below is a brief recap of the conversation by Matthew. – ed.
We didn’t talk about the same old “there are no jobs” and “my boss sucks” glarb. In fact we really didn’t talk shop much at all, we instead discussed: the history of Bernal Heights, focusing on its gentrification; local restaurants, particularly those in “Vega’s empire;” the manga Drops of God and manga history; the concept of perfection, particularly in one’s appearance; and several other things I don’t remember enough details of. I noticed that Jo has a wealth of stimulating knowledge and guided much of the conversation. We talked, we finished our meals, and then we departed. A pleasing evening that almost didn’t happen but thankfully did.
Mission District, San Francisco
by Rita M Evans
Fourteen chapter members converged on Aslam’s Rosoi in San Francisco’s Mission District on April 11 for an evening of lively conversation and great food. Yes, it’s Neighborhood Dinner time, and our long table was filled by librarians from law firms, corporations, and universities, as well as students from SJSU. Host Hilary Schiraldi chose an excellent location for our annual smaller get-together where the focus is on the members rather than an invited speaker.
Conversations ranged far and wide and touched on some of the Bay Area’s favorite topics – house buying, travel in our beautiful state, and how easy it is to fill your days after retirement. We didn’t completely neglect the professional side as career change tips were exchanged, we commiserated about tight resources and difficult co-workers, and were even able to cheer on some successes.
This flexible format is a great way to meet new people, reconnect with old colleagues, and try a new place for dinner. All in all, a most successful evening!