Reflections from a (half) week on the road

September 23rd, 2006 → 8:17 am @ // No Comments

The final (mini) leg of the 2006 Feeding the Monster Tour is done and gone (with some individual dates still to come in the next few months). It included: one Amtrak ride from NYC to Rhode Island, 160 miles on a Hertz rental car (some sort of Mazda non-mini-van mini van, which was surprisingly fun to drive), three nights with my parents, and stops in Providence, Newton, and Burlington, MA. As usual, it’s been an entertaining trip. Without further ado…

* Who’d of thunk? Interest in the Sox is greatly diminished when the team’s not doing well.
* All the same, there’s no end of questions as to what’s up with Manny, why Johnny Damon was, um, traded to the Yankees, why Pedro was, uh, traded to the Mets, why the Sox didn’t make any moves at the deadline, and what that means for the future of the team.
* It is always delightful to see one of the Sittenfelds. Providence featured cousin Jo (the sister of cousin Curtis.)
* Private events sell lots and lots of book: more than 100 at a Boston investment firm on Thursday. Get in touch if you want me to come to an office near you. Or, as it were, your office.
* Hometown readings will always draw old faces: Grace Galton, my sixth-grade math teacher (and one of the great teachers of my youth), came out to the Newton Public Library, as did some old neighbors and the lawyer (and family friend) who represented me after some youthful indiscretions got me in trouble in high school.
* The readers of this blog are more varied than previously thought, and include at least one grandmother and at least one good friend of my sixth grade math teacher.
* The Burlington, MA Barnes & Noble (the biggest in New England), makes enormous banners when they have authors come to town. Truly enormous.

That’s it for now. You’ve been great! And hope to see you all down the road…

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