I bought this journal because I left my other simple one at home and intended to buy a new one at the beginning of this trip. Today, my first day in Crested Butte in 10ish years, I wander through the Sunday Farmer's Market on Elk then mosey down with Daniel and James in and out of shops 'til I come to this funky, tiny, very crested-butte-ish coffee shop and book store.
I wander around all 250 square feet of the place looking for a blank journal until the owner extracts himself from the espresso he's drinking with friends and offers to help me. He's super friendly and somewhat humbled and says he only has a couple of blank writing journals and a couple of sketching journals so what am I looking to do?
I want a writing journal, I say and he pulls out some hand made paper, wooden covered 3 x 5 sized cuties and this one. I say "Is that Pat Benatar?" and he double checks and says, "Yes, these are made out of recycled album covers." I say, "Well, ya know, Love Is A Battlefield." He says, "Look at you! " and laughs. I say "I'll take it!" He's a sweet guy and we laugh and talk for a few minutes about…eeegads…the '80's!!
After I shell out my fourteen bucks, he offers to look up the album on the internet. It's the Crimes of Passion album which was a hit in 1980 and the single off of it was "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". I find it entertaining if not ironic that this journal dropped into my hands in July, 30 years after 1980, which was pivitol in my life. Fire away!