Author, Author!!

September 21

A confluence of events led to four book signings in four days.  Well, actually I just like to use the word “confluence.”  I also happen to believe writing is one of the most important occupations on the planet . . . at least the equivalent of teaching and women’s hockey.  All stories about writers begin, as they must, at Cossetta’s.  OK, we were staying at the hotel at the other end of the block.  We drove down to the Cities on this morning to pick up the Super’s sister Rita, who was coming in from Nashville, Indiana, by Megabus.  Her arrival, at 8:30 AM, gave us lots of time to consider tourista stuff as we had planned on being in St. Paul that night anyway, to see Carl Hiaasen at MPR’s Talking Volumes at the Fitzgerald Theater.

[Photo on loan from the internet.]

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[We visit this area annually, or at least when our girls’ hockey team makes the state tournament . . . yes, annually.  The urban renewal taking place across the street from Cossetta’s caught us by surprise.]

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[We stayed at the Holiday Inn, kitty-corner from the XCel Center where the Minnesota Wild (and the Alexandria Cardinal girls) play hockey, and this was just a walk with The Biddies to the other end of the block to Cossetta’s.]

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[We arrived before the restaurant opened for lunch . . . ]

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[But we were just looking for a la carte breakfasts.]

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[We thought Cossetta’s was important for Rita’s understanding of St. Paul.]

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[We all behaved and settled for small quiches.]

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[Why, yes, I did love Cossetta’s!]

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[After breakfast, our hotel room was available.  The X was out our window.]

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[And then we went up the exterior glass elevator for an overview of our immediate vicinity.]

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[The gray building (construction material) in the far right background is the Science Museum of Minnesota.  That would be our next destination.]

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[And here we are!]

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[Reetz and a close personal friend, T Rex.]

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[Showboat on the Mississippi.  Gray, rain was predicted for most of the day.]

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[The Biddies and their hippie cross-country van.]

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[Emerging from the IMAX movie about our national parks.  A block down the street out the window is our next destination, Rice Park.]

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[Not the same “Herby’s” where the Boys of ’65 lunched last week.]

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[Rice Park, downtown St. Paul]

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[“Peanuts” and “Biddies” in Rice Park!]

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[Charles Schulz, of course, is from St. Paul.]

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[St. Paul Grill in the St. Paul Hotel!  Woo-woo!]

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[Late lunch, early dinner.  Actually, the dining room wasn’t open yet – we dined in the bar.  Fish and chips for the ladies; chicken pot pie (‘the original’) for me.]

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[Bar left; dining room right.]

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[On the walk back to the hotel, Reetz meets Herbie!]

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Fitzgerald Theater

[The hotel shuttled us to the Fitz.  It’s a short walk, but the storm that would drop 10 inches of rain on the northwest suburbs that evening was nigh.]

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[The view from the cheap seats.  I asked if we got free champagne up here?]

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[Hiaasen and Kerri Miller – can’t you tell?]

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[He was a hoot.  It was a fun two hours.]

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[The Bellows performed twice after a couple of Hiaasen readings from his book.  I did not know them – they were very good.]

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[Thunder claps rattled the theater a couple of times.  There was a downpour going on at the end of show.  Thus, I did not mind standing in a long line for a book signing.  Reetz found a comfortable place to catch up on social media.]

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[The view from the stage – we were way up there on the right.]

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[Hi, Carl!  Nice to meet you!  Love your books!]

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[The end of the line after I’d finished.  It had originally stretched all the way to the lobby.  Worked out great, it was just drizzling when the shuttle picked us up.]

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September 22

[How can Reetz come to Alex and not go to SAWA?]

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[Yes, it’s The Biddies, but in the background is my brother Cam’s twin brother.  Isn’t it?]

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[Oh yeah, Annie, Erik, and Tom, a/k/a/ The Salty Dogs, were the entertainment.]

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[Well, we couldn’t have a day without acknowledging writing.  So, let’s have some fun with writing memes and cartoons the rest of the way!]

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September 24

[The last three author signings were at Cherry Street Books.  Well, two were and I guessed right on the third.]

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[Full house in the book store – biggest crowd I’ve seen there.  I had to shoot over heads to get Jess.  Kent Krueger was just to her left, out of sight for me.]

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[Probably hadn’t seen Jess for a year.  We got a chance to chat for a bit, but both authors were in demand from the assembled masses.]

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[I’m just starting.  Jami read it in a couple days – said she couldn’t put it down.]

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[The cartoon would suit a Jess murder-by-month mystery better.  😉  ]booth17

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[And I believe I’ve been to all his signings in Alex.]

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[You can never go wrong with a Dorothy Parker quote.]

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[I brought Mike’s book along in case he was going to be there.  He was!  We missed his own signing day when we were out of town.]

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[Though Mike is now an Alexandrian, he wrote this book when he was living in Cairo.]

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[My agent re this blog.  Oh well, just keep supporting your local independent book stores – and thanks again to Cherry Street, and Jess, Kent, and Mike.]

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Don’t bother discussing sex with small children.  They rarely have anything to add.  ~  Fran Lebowitz

Up Next:  Maybe Europe?

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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