Washington D.C., It’s Paradise to Me
Today I take off for glorious Washington DC. I’ve the Magnetic Fields song of the same name playing on a perpetual loop in my brain (It’s not the way they put folks on the moon, no no no) and a schedule that could be called either hectic or undeniably insane. Oh, just a sec…. let me show you picture of it…
Doesn’t look too bad to you? Fine. Here’s the itinerary as I wrote it out today (with some alterations, of course):
5:00 p.m. – Flee NYC
10:00 – Do the Convention Hall while I can.
3:00 – Dinner with Newberyites
7:00 – Join friends at gay cowboy bar (apparently this is the thing to do in D.C.)
Saturday 6/23 –
10:00 – Get up.
12:30 – Lunch w/Scholastic
3:30-5 – Martin Luther King Library (D.C. Public Library) for Mitali Perkins book party. Kidlit Drink Night?
6:30 – Dinner with S&S
Sunday 6/24 –
9:30 – Breakfast with cool author.
12:00 – Lunch with Random House
7-10:30 p.m. – Newbery Banquet.
10:30 – 11:30 – Post dinner reception and receiving line.
Monday 6/25 –
9:00 (?) Breakfast with one editor.
11:30 – Meet with different editor.
2:00 – Do Convention Hall one last time.
Tuesday 6/26 –
*pant pant pant*
You know, I’ve never been to DC before. I don’t think I’ll have a lot of time to sightsee, but hopefully a landmark or two will whizz past my window as I zip from place to place. Today will consist of running to Greenwich Village on a secret errand, throwing clothing that vaguely resemble dresses in my husband’s overlarge suitcase, and trying to make it to Vamoose. If you’re going to go to DC, why not find a bus system that advertises itself with a logo of a bus wearing moose horns? It’s just good common sense, it is.
Want to see something funny? Check out the weather forcast for DC. Unless this changes significantly between when I see it and when you see it, there’s some nasty stuff scheduled to land on Saturday and Sunday. And guess who can’t find her umbrella these days? Me! Me!
Here’s the good news: Unlike Blogger, the current blog program I’m using allows me to post messages from BEYOND THE GRAVE!!! If by "grave" we mean "while I’m in a foreign city". So I’ll still have stuff cropping up this week. Not a lot of stuff, mind you. Just enough to keep you on your toes. Everyone has noticed by now that the Atherton ad is gone, right? Well, if I don’t have at least a little confirmation that the RSS feed is in the works by the time I return, drastic steps will be taken. You have been warned.
Tomorrow: Quest for the Red Dress: The Final Chapter.
Stay tuned, gentle readers.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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