CELEBRATION NATION!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!  Shall we begin with a trivia question?  All right, here we go…   Do they have a fourth of July in England?  (Keep in mind that we won our independence from the British.)  The answer?  Yes, they do!  In fact, they also have a July first, second, and third!  (Like everyone else.)  Since that was sort of a trick question, I will give you another…  Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?  (Answer:  Benny Franklin)  By the way, not to brag, but the first person to sign was John Hancock.  (The famous insurance salesman.)   Some folks think that it was Adam Gold!

If I was still living in New York, I’d be going to the hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathan’s.  I’m kind of hungry this morning, but I don’t think I could beat the existing consumption record…..  68 hot dogs (plus the buns) in 10 minutes!  That may sound “hard to swallow,” but it’s true.  By the way, did you know that 1/3 of all the hot dogs in the U.S. come from Iowa?  I thought you might “relish” this information…

Speaking of hot dogs, did I mention that I won the Silver Medal in this year’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Contest?  I am very grateful for the award, which represents one of the largest and most prestigious literary awards in the country.  THE SECOND MOURNING has now won 4 major literary awards in six months!  Without bribing any of the judges!  (Not that I didn’t try!)  Anyway, I was quite pleased and honored.  I don’t know what’s holding up that dang Pulitzer.

Hey, for all of you folks that may live in Austin or the surrounding area, there is a new boutique (for the ladies) opening up on Congress Avenue today.  It’s called THE COVE, and it features the most stunning outfits you will ever see, all at reasonable prices.  (It will also feature all of my mystery novels!)  The temporary location (they are building a brand new store on Congress Avenue) is at 108 Gibson Street, in the church behind Hotel San Jose.  Today is the summer “pop-up shop” opening, from 12 noon to 7 p.m.  Be there or be nowhere!  (I’ll be signing books from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

For those of you anxiously awaiting news about the next “Adam Gold Mystery,” you might be thrilled to learn that book number five has been finished and is now in the hands of my most capable editor.  (Blind Lemon Lefkowitz.)  The book is titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY.  As the name suggests, it has something to do with equine insurance.  If you love horses or horse racing, then you will really enjoy this book.  The proposed date of publication is January, 2016.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:  If you have a short fuse, do not play with fireworks.

Here’s a little fact that you will get a “bang” out of…..   Did you know that 99% of fireworks sold in the U.S. come from China?  (When they’re not making suits for Donald Trump.)  How the heck did we lose the firecracker market to those people?  I demand an investigation!  Never mind, the hot dogs are ready…..

Here’s hoping you and yours have a safe and happy 4th of July.  On a serious note, take a moment to think about our military, those serving and those who have served.  It is because of these folks, and their enormous sense of patriotism, that we remain the land of the free.  God bless them all!

And good tidings to the rest of you rascals…..   Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

P.S.  Lovely Caribbean photo attached!

 

 

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

HOW WAS YOUR FOURTH OF JULY?  Did you display a “sparkling” personality, or did you have a “short fuse?”  I was lucky… I got to watch an explosive display of fireworks.  (The Texas Legislature was on C-Span!)  In any case, there were no “duds” in our group, and we had a marvelous Texas-style barbecue, compliments of the good folks at The Salt Lick.  Speaking of the Fourth…..

Did you know that the first Independence Day celebration occurred in the city of Philadelphia on July 8, 1776?  Believe it or not, it wasn’t until 1804 that the White House celebrated the event.  (Better late than never!)  For your reading pleasure, I now submit some fun facts about our nation’s birthday…..

In 1776, there were 2.5 million people in America.

In 2013, we have approximately 310 million people in America.

And because this is the MOST American of all holidays, you should know that…..

95% of our fireworks are made in…..  China!

94% of our American flags are made in…..  China!

The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship has been won (6 times) by a fellow named Takeru Kobayashi, who was born in…..  Japan!  (You thought I was going to say, China, right?)

Well, at least we have become an inclusive country!  When was the last time you saw an American sumo wrestling champion?  Or an American ping pong champion?  Exactly.  I rest my case.

So what else is new?  Well, the third “Adam Gold Mystery” titled, DEVIL’S COVE,  is set for publication and will be available on Amazon.com in the very near future.  I shall keep you informed of the exact release date.  Last week I spent some quality time with Will Ravenel, the world’s best structural integration therapist.  I had some shoulder pain that Will the “Miracle Worker”/magician made disappear in one short session!  If you’re ever in pain or discomfort, take my advice, and contact Will at Castle Hill Fitness.  (You will thank me later!)

I would like to say “Happy Birthday” to two remarkable (and stunningly attractive) women…..  Ms. Ingrid Kaminski and Ms. Sharon Francia.  Both of these lovely ladies recently celebrated their 39th birthday.  Ladies, you look marvelous, absolutely marvelous!   I would also like to congratulate Mrs. Helena Bomblatus, who is expecting a baby girl later in the week.  She’s expecting a baby, but not delivering one.  (Helena is the grandmother!)  Best wishes to her and her husband, Lee.  (And also to Rita….. who is actually having the baby!)

Well, gang, that’s about it for me.  Please remember that pushing the elevator button more than once does NOT make it arrive any faster.  (That one’s for you, Vicki!)  Finally, in light of our recent holiday, I would remind you what Mark Twain once said…..   “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it….. ”

God Bless America!    Love to all,

Doc Yanoff