Yesterday I was absorbed by Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California. I couldn't stop reading it. I wonder if I should have studied geology in college instead of journalism. (though I struggled through my meteorology class, which is an ology. [too much math.]) Some of the book was concerned with The Big One. Word on the street is that you want to live somewhere above bedrock or franciscan rock as opposed to unconsolidated sand, gravel, and sediment. (like San Jose.) I think the most interesting part of the book was learning more about places I've been: the formation of various features around Lassen, the Klamath Mountains (mt. shasta may be an active volcano!), and Bodega Head (which has made the long journey up the coast starting near Mexico). So yeah, interesting book. ;)