I’m not sure why Sid Caesar deserves all of our money, but none the less, it’s that time of year again. What time? (you might ask) The most “taxing time” of the year… the day that federal income tax is due. (or in my case, past-due!) Yup, another year has flown by, and now it’s time to cough up the dough. Did you know that the I.R.S. (the Infernal Revenue Service) processes over 200,000,000 individual tax returns each year? (surely they won’t miss mine!) Believe it or not, the U.S. Tax Code is 3.7 million words in length! (that’s longer than my next book!)
Speaking of books….. (smooth segue, eh?) Due to the influx of recent book awards (and blind luck) I will soon be the subject of a featured article in the upcoming issue of the Penguin Press literary review. I was interviewed last week, and the questions were quite good. (no so much the answers!) In any case, the kind folks at the Penguin Group are determined to publish the article, so as soon as it becomes available I will post a link. If you want an autographed copy, you can either send me twenty bucks or pay part of my tax bill. (I prefer the later. Actually, I prefer a ladder, but only because I’d like to reach new heights!)
By the way, speaking of new heights, congratulations to last week’s photo trivia contest winner… Dr. Milburn Stone from Dodge City, Kansas. (I wonder if that’s where “dodge-ball” was invented?) In any case, the good doctor guessed correctly, identifying the photo as….. (drum roll, please) my humble abode in Austin, Texas!
And since we’re on the subject of Texas…. Let me say a word or two about last week’s book signing, held in lovely (and humid) Baytown. I used to spend a lot of time down there, boating, fishing, and drinking huge quantities of tequila. I really enjoy Baytown, and if you plan to visit, you must try a juicy cheeseburger at Rooster’s Steakhouse. (They grind their own meat… no jokes, please! They also make their own fruit pies, which are quite yummy in the tummy.) I met some very nice people over at the Baytown Nature Center, which is a very pleasant place to visit. Incidentally, if you think auto racing is a drag, then you can also visit Royal Purple Raceway and watch the drag racers do their thing. (My Ford-150 can beat anything on the track… if we go in “reverse.”)
In closing, I shall enthrall your literary sensitivities (that sounds dirty!) by sharing some news with you….. the next “Adam Gold Mystery,” titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, is undergoing some final editing, and should be available nation-wide in mid-May. (I had to add a chapter to connect a few of the dots, but we are now good to go) I shall, as they say, keep you posted.
Well, take care, and please keep in mind that LIFE is sexually transmitted.
Have a safe and wonderful two weeks…. Love to all,
P.S. Another trivia contest photo attached. Good luck!