NO, I DIDN’T FIND ANOTHER GRAY HAIR….. October 12th was actually “Discovery Day” in the Bahamas. (The site of my second mystery, THE PIRATE PATH.) In the U.S., we celebrate this day as “Columbus Day.” Did you know that Colorado was the first state to officially honor the great explorer? (1906) Back then, they gave out free beer, which might have led to the phrase “Rocky Mountain High.” (Hey, anything’s possible.)
Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937, giving federal workers ANOTHER day off. (Personally, I wouldn’t grant a day off unless you were of Italian heritage and you discovered a New World.) But that’s just me. In any case, here’s a little trivia question for you….. Name the four states that DO NOT recognize Columbus Day. No cheating! (Answer: Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, and South Dakota) People in those states have poor vision, so they don’t recognize a lot of things. (The rest of the country is more “farsighted.”)
Last Wednesday, October 16th, was National Boss’s Day. (In my house it’s called “Wife Day.”) Oddly enough, this holiday is celebrated in the United States, Canada, and Lithuania. (No joking) Don’t ask me how Lithuania got involved. They were probably trying to outdo Latvia and Estonia.
Speaking of celebrations….. Our blog site has now reached a very special plateau… we have (slightly) over 6,000 followers! Wow, what a wonderful accomplishment! Thank you! By the way, what do you folks think about the new book covers for THE GRACELAND GANG and THE PIRATE PATH? I would love to hear your opinions, so don’t be shy! Both covers were originally conceived by Mrs. Rachel Zell, a beautiful and talented artist who lives here in Austin. Keep up the good work, Rachel. (Conceiving is a wonderful thing!)
While we are on the subject of conceiving….. I would like to acknowledge a few of my younger blog followers. (babies!) Uncle Steve sends his best to Stella, Brooklyn, and Evan. Make sure you stay dry and finish your mashed bananas.
Hey, did you hear that Native-Americans want to change the name of the Washington Redskins? No joking. They’re embarrassed to be associated with the city of Washington! (I have certain “reservations” myself.)
Those of you that live or work in Austin, Texas, should keep your eyes on our award-winning newspaper next week. A reporter will be coming up to my house on Wednesday for a feature-length interview. I will be discussing my first two books (see above) and my last display of literary brilliance, DEVIL’S COVE. She (the reporter) is bringing along a photographer, which means that I will have to groom myself. Achieving fame and fortune is never easy!
By the way, last night we attended the Austin Music Festival, sponsored by Central Market. Our group managed to wine and dine is splendid fashion, and most importantly, nobody got arrested. I would like to thank the store management for featuring flyers of my books at the checkout counters. Any publicity is good publicity when you’re trying to sell books.
Finally, I would once again like to say thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. You took great care of my mother last week and I will never forget your competency and kindness. What a great bunch of people….. God bless you all! (Mom is now in rehab, training for the 2014 Senior Olympics!)
Well, dear ones, have a great week, drive carefully, and keep those cards and letters coming. God willing, I will have a special announcement for you next Sunday! Love to all …..