April 28 Coffeehouse, Part 3

Less than an hour to go tonight at the Grand Midway and the crowd’s thinning out. PRINCE videos playing now (Blair was his personal assistant, way back when). Earlier: Tarot cards got read. And a number of people seriously restocked their personal libraries at the Free Book table (you know who you are Synthia!). An […]

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April 28 Coffeehouse, Part 2

The Shangri-La proceeds…The SCA demonstration/talk was fascinating–medieval weapons, helmets, etc passed around; info on upcoming events (local and beyond) passed along; a couple videos of mock battles–all shown in the Grand Midway’s dining hall. Meanwhile, medieval-themed DVDs (EXCALIBUR just now) continue playing in the main coffee lounge. While I was taking in the presentation, it […]

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April 28 Coffee Lounge, PART ONE

The weekly Shangri-La Coffee Lounge at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel is open! The 1st of Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is playing on the bar’s screen. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee is brewed; there’s hot water for various teas. Blair has put out a special table of used books. There are usual assorted […]

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April 21 at the Grand Midway, Part 1

The Shangri-La Coffee Lounge is open for the evening! Designer coffees perking, water for various teas also heating. Some standard “Ancient Alien” silliness is presently killing time on the Lounge’s DVD player (actual movies to come soon); owner Blair Murphy is doing some last-minute sweeping and a couple early-comers (including me) are using the free […]

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BRIAN TRENT’S New Story

I started reading the new (May/June) issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION after last night’s Penguin game. A standout was Brian Trent’s “Last of the Sharkspeakers.” Set on the drawf planet Ceres in the far future, it has to do with the guided evolution of people adapting to living in space (or […]

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Shangri-La Tonight, part 3

Battery on the old laptop running low…so one last blog about tonight’s coffeehouse. A bunch of new people and regulars have come and gone. The PULP FICTION Dvd froze up for some reason, so–in tribute to reported rumor that Johnny Depp is moving to Pittsburgh (only 75 miles west of here–wanna come visit, Johnny?), Blair […]

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Tonight at Shrangi-La, Part 2

After outrageous comedy BAD TEACHER, tonight’s next DVD (going strong right now) is PULP FICTION. The crowd continues to ebb and flow, as usual. Chess matches were played; new folks shown around. Babies and dogs in evidence. Blair reports the big Impossible Lion sculptures will arrive over the weekend. They’ll be placed as guardians flanking […]

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