IN MY HUMBLE VIEW….. Making history is almost as much fun as making whoopee. (I said almost.) I am referring, of course, to the re-publishing of THE PRESLEY PLOT. I am very happy to report that Aberdeen Bay Press has sent me the official notification and that the newly revised version will be available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and other sites in about two or three weeks. As I believe I previously mentioned, they already have a standing (or sitting) order for 225 copies, so if you need some books for the holidays, do not delay ordering. After they’re gone you will have to wait… I have a little gout, I mean, clout, but even I have to wait in line. (Oh, the injustice of it all!)
Several of my loyal devotees have asked about the American Queen riverboat cruise. (The Elvis-themed excursion leaving from New Orleans.) Well….. here I was, preparing my brilliant lecture on Tupelo, when lo and behold we hit a snag. (Not the boat, me) The snag was the river itself! Have you read about our drought in this part of the country? Lake Austin (here in lovely Austin, Texas) is only 40% full! If my math is correct, that means its almost 60% empty! Yikes! What the hell did Al Gore do?
Anyway, no water means no riverboating, no riverfloating, and no rivergloating. What can I say? For the first time in American history, the Mighty Mississippi is suffering from low water levels, and it is severely affecting all of the river traffic, both private and commercial vessels! Due to this lack of H2o, I thought it best to reschedule my voyage. I will keep my fellow travelers informed of my whereabouts! (Easy to do with this darn electric ankle bracelet!)
Now for some Elvis news….. Did you know that on this very day, in 1954, Elvis Presley did something very rare? (No, he didn’t go on a diet.) But he did miss two previously scheduled shows that were sold out in Memphis, Tennessee. (Which, I might add, is where Graceland happens to be.) So what happened, you ask? Well, he actually missed his airline connection in Houston! If you have ever flown through Houston, you know how easy this can be. So it seems that we are in good company. I do not know if the airline offered The King any travel compensation, but I’m sure he got several bags of free peanuts. (Maybe even one of his favorite peanut butter snacks!)
Incidentally, a number of my more curious blog followers have asked about Rachel and Adam (my daughter and new son-in-law) and they wanted to know what those two crazy kids thought of Cape Town, South Africa. Well, they loved the place. I have seen some of the photographs, and they are truly amazing. Mountains on one side, the ocean on the other, and the most magnificent flora and fauna you can imagine. (Flora was particularly attractive!) The only “tricky” part of the trip was the safari. On day one they were detained by a horde of pygmies! (But just for a “short” time.) Then they were stopped by headhunters! (But neither needed a job.) Finally, on day three, they were asked to play the drums for a tribe of Ubangi warriors! (The tribesmen kept shouting, “You bangee!” “You bangee!”) Adam finally gave in and banged the damn drum, but as they found out, he marches to the beat of a different drum. In any case, Rachel explained the “big bang theory” to the tribal chieftain and all was well. You can’t “beat” a vacation like that!
Finally, I would like to give a big shout out to Max and Barbara, the President and Vice-President of my Indiana Fan Club For Elvis Authors! They are taking care of some personal business this week, and we wish them well! Also, thanks to Judge Susan for her recent legal work on behalf of my growing literary estate! Another job well done. If you are in or around Salado, Texas next week, look for my mug on a poster. (No, not at the Post Office) I am tentatively engaged to speak at a book club in that charming town. I will send the details later.
Have a wonderful day and please drive carefully. (I keep hearing about a fiscal cliff in front of us.) I will write again soon…..
Love to all,