Thanks to the giving of hostellers, we have a bounty of beautiful books and a basket bike! Loretta Fisher and her husband traveled through here in October (while honeymooning!) and a few weeks later a small package of books arrived in the mail: The Fifth Business (Robertson Davies), The Buddha in the Jungle (Kamala Tiyavanich), The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong (Jahyun Kim Haboush), Cane (Jean Toomer) & The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman). These books, she wrote, had each changed her life in some way.
Two weeks later another package arrived from Ms. Fisher: The Business of Fancydancing (Sherman Alexie). Wow!
Then, this morning one of our hostellers decided not to continue his bike ride south, preferring instead the wandering possibilities of hitchhiking, bus-riding, and perhaps just walking on down the road. So he donated his bike (which served him many hundreds of miles, he says), along with a cute milk-crate basket and a few neon vests. Good luck, Steve! And thank you!
Thanks for the beloved books and bike, Loretta and Steve, but more than this, thanks for giving a little of yourselves to the future hostellers of Redwood Hostel.
As tomorrow is Buy Nothing Day (a polite protest of the post-Thanksgiving Day gorging on new things), perhaps it can also be Give Something Day. I’ll see what’s around here that we can give away, perhaps to freecycle.com, or maybe to our newly dedicated "Free Box," filled with stuff left unclaimed in Lost & Found, and stuff hostellers decide they don’t need anymore.
Or we can add more books to another new service, the "Book Swapping Club." We started off the club with 60 titles, which Ry bought on the cheap from the annual San Francisco Public Library book sale, and now it’s up to y’all to swap with each other. You can’t buy the "Book Swapping Club" books, you can’t just take the "Book Swapping Club" books, but you can certainly swap your old book for a "Book Swapping Club" book! Please inscribe your name on the inside cover, along with something else about you, or your life (hometown, destination, age, etc.).
So, don’t shop…swap!