Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's 2015! Happy New Year, everyone!

We got home from Baguio earlier today in the afternoon. I slept most of the ride home, was too tired. I feel sorry for my wife who had to drive from Rosario, La Union back to Malolos, Bulacan. I still don't know how to drive.

We parked Broom, our car, at a small hotel in Rosario, La Union, very near the boundary to Benguet province. We were not confident we could drive up Kennon's tricky zigzags. Our trip to Baguio was to satisfy Dana's wish to see "mountains" again, to celebrate our 7th anniversary (love you, Veck!), and to claim my hardcover Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Armand which I purchased from a Baguio bookseller last year.

Armand still looked brand new, but Interview's moldy. It seems denatured alcohol is the best way to treat it, according to online sources. I'm afraid I might damage the book. How about sunning it?

I'm watching a youtube video now by "Mad Maine" and she suggests killing the mildew the natural way. She suggests putting a mildewy or mouldy book into a zip lock bag, sprinkling it with baking soda, sealing the bag, and then leaving it in the freezer for a week. I think I will just try that.

But I am so happy with my purchases. I plan to continue to save money to complete my hardcover collection of Anne's books.

I wish I brought a video cam with me. I could have made an interesting documentary about my bookhunting for Anne Rice's first ed books in the Philippines.

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