|The view from my|
Here are some observations before I have to turn in my computer so that the IT people can remove an entire cat's worth of Zorro fur from my keyboard.
|A beautiful site.|
- The Sanibel Resort is a Marriott property. Marriott signed a deal with the devil (Pepsi). My colleague Toni drove in from Tampa and brought me a case of Diet Coke, but she's staying in another building, so I had to claim my Diet Coke at the front desk. I'm rationing.
- Here's the thing: I work from home, not an office. I therefore don't see the same people every single day, so technically I could wear the same clothes every day if I wanted. To come up with clothes for five days can be a challenge.
- Also, we are book people. We don't speak normal English...which is fine since the big boss, Markus, is German. There is the whiff of desperation out there, the "Talk to MEEEEEEE!!!" of people who spend lots of time talking to the cat.
- My boss asked me to be on a panel. She claims that my participation isn't just to provide an excuse to fire me.
- John Grisham. I sat at his table for dinner. He requested the vegetarian plate. Considering the frightening slab-o-cow that was deposited in front of me, I ate the whipped potatoes and the salad.
- Speaking of Grisham, he has a new novel coming in April. He's been a huge baseball fan all of his life (in spite of the fact that he's a Cardinals fan), and this is his first baseball-related story. Calico Joe tells the story of a rising star playing for the Cubs, Joe Castle, and a struggling pitcher for the Mets, Warren Tracey, set during the summer of 1973. Joe explodes onto the scene, breaking a record with his first few at bats. He's a superstar in the making for the long-suffering Cubs fans (ask Gianna about her pain). Warren Tracey's son Paul tells the story of these two baseball players, the baseball code, and a fateful August day when their paths collided. It's a good read--reminiscent of The Natural.
- I "celebrated" my fifth year with Random House. And then I pointed out to a colleague celebrating her 35th year that I have only been alive 35 years. I'm classy like that.
|Sales people flock to receive|
a signed book from Grisham.
|Coming April 2012|