Following in the footsteps of the great Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, (who was NOT related to Leon Redbone or Leon Spinks) I have come to the Sunshine State (Florida) in pursuit of a magical elixir! (Rum and tequila.) I am delighted to report that I have discovered vast quantities of both! From what I remember, there are no impending shortages on the horizon. Of course, the horizon was a little blurry at the time, so I might be overly optimistic. Which reminds me, my uncle was an optimist. He sold eyeglasses at the mall, but he missed a lot of work because he had an eye problem. (He just couldn’t see coming to work.) On second thought, he might have been an optometrist. In any case, he had to quit, because he was starting to envision optical delusions.
As you may have surmised, I am still consuming alcoholic libations, but my true goal this trip is pursuing fame and fortune, and a bronze-colored body. (Not necessarily my own, either!) Thus far, we are off to a good start. I am traveling with my semi-domesticated partner, and the weather could not be better. We spent the morning at nude beach (by accident) and we both felt quite uncomfortable. The wife is from Texas, and she thought the sign said “DUDE Beach.”) She was wrong. I, being the courteous type, asked the lady sitting next to me if I was making her uncomfortable by not wearing a swimsuit. She replied, “No, it’s no big thing!”
Needless to say, she ruined my morning, but I got over it. (I consoled myself with a pastrami sandwich from the Flakowitz Deli. Accompanied by a Dr. Brown black cherry soda.) Life is good.
I may have mentioned this already, but I have recently been invited for another interview on the National Book Club Radio Program. The host, Jack Drucker, wants to have a chat about THE SECOND MOURNING, and I am very pleased and honored to return as a guest. My first appearance resulted in a surge of book sales and some very interesting speaking invitations. We are tentatively scheduled to conduct the interview in mid-August, and I will keep you informed of any changes, and provide the exact broadcast time when it becomes available.
In the meantime, I will be doing some “Caribbean research” for the movie version of THE PIRATE PATH. After our stop in Florida, we are heading down to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. I know what you’re thinking. How do I handle the intense pressure? How can one man survive the trials and tribulations of becoming a literary beach bum? How does this fellow avoid a full-scale investigation by the I.R.S.? (Would you believe I’m friends with Lois Lerner?) On second thought, maybe that was Lois Lane.
Well, I must leave you now, mainly because the boss wants me to clean my room before we head out for some snorkeling. I told her that I have ADCD, but she doesn’t believe me. In case you’re curious, ADCD is Attention Deficit Cleaning Disorder. Every time I start to clean up, I realize that my efforts are futile, and I’m compelled to lay down and take a nap. This is usually followed by a violent headache. (Caused by a hard strike to the head.) One of these days…..
All right, gang, I’m outta here. Please have a safe and wonderful week, and keep those cards and letters coming. The next time you hear from me, I shall be sailing through the Caribbean, bound for ports unknown. (Thank God I love port!)
Love to all,