Well, that sounds like a bit of a stretch to me. Of course, I just woke up, so I do have to stretch a little. In any case, that blog post title sounds like hyperbole. (Not to be confused with a hyper-pole, which is a nervous person from Wausau.) I should have used the following title….. THE AMAZING YANOFF DOES IT AGAIN! (No, that’s too modest.) Look, what I’m trying to tell you is that my humble history book, THE SECOND MOURNING, has just won its 8th book award of the year!
The “Sunshine Boy,” (me) just won the GOLD MEDAL for the “Best History Book of the Year” at the 2016 FLORIDA BOOK FESTIVAL. I wasn’t expecting this award, so I am quite touched. (Please, no jokes about me being “touched in the head!”) Thank you. Where was I? Oh yes, the book award. Well, I have now been invited to a gala awards ceremony to be held at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston in early February. (Why Boston? Beats me.) Nevertheless, I am seriously considering a visit to “Bean-Town” to pick up my award and check.
The judging criteria for this year’s award was twofold: 1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story. 2. The potential for the work to reach a wider audience. (My audience is pretty wide already, but a lot of folks will soon be going on a diet.) There were over 3,200 entrants, so the competition was pretty stiff. (No jokes on that one, either!)
Well, I’ve talked about myself enough. What do you folks think of me? Just kidding. What else is new? I’m glad you asked….. Our holiday celebrations were simply divine, and Santa brought me everything I asked for. (except the blonde.) We had an especially good time on New Year’s Eve, attending the Annual Lakeway Lobster & Laughter Festival, hosted by the inimitable Jaime and Gary Rubenstein. The couple outdid themselves this year…. French wine, fancy hors d’oeuvre, and the piece-of-resistance…. lobster & mac casserole. (Which was renamed, “Creamy Crustacean Alla Pecorino Romano.”)
By the way, if you’re looking for a good caterer, you might want to contact Gary “Romano-Man” Rubenstein and Miss Jaime. (Jaime is the Sioux chef. Well, I Hopi she’s a Sioux, but you “Navajo!”) Gary is talented and funny, and Jaime has some really hot buns. (Hey, that’s not as bad as the Indian jokes!)
For those of you who live in Austin, come on down to South Congress Avenue and take a look at my daughter’s new boutique. It’s a high-class operation called “COVE,” and they sell some lovely women’s clothing. (and you can also purchase my books there!) The store is next to Perla’s Seafood Restaurant. If you mention my name, the salesperson will feel sorry for you and advise you to make some new friends. (What were you expecting, a discount?) Not.
Well, I must start packing for my trip to Round Rock. The wife and I are going to visit the Princess of Portugal and Baron Lee today. They are hosting a ceremony acknowledging the wonderful life of Lee’s beautiful mother, who recently passed away. She was a great lady, and she will be missed by many.
Finally, I want to thank each and every one of my loyal blog followers for making 2015 such a pleasant and productive year. We achieved some great things this past year, and it looks like the fun will continue into 2016. Please keep in mind that ALL of my success is due to folks like you, and your encouragement and support means the world to me.
God bless. Have a super Sunday and be careful out there! Love to all,