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A few pics / SW Florida Readiing Festival

Postby This_Girl on Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:56 pm

Urgh, you guys, I did really bad :( I really am just too much of an introvert, awkward, shy, mess of a being :oops:

I told Laura K I post a bit about the experience, so here it goes. My husband, daughter, and I drove from Ft Lauderdale area to Ft Myers. I took some photos of Aligator Alley (I-75) for you all, LOL - yes, I am a dork...but I thought some of you out there may want to "see" it since it has been referenced in HSB & Duma Key also. I counted 29 Aligators that I saw in the waterways from Ft Lauderdale to Naples.
We got parked and into the building - it was a little after 12:30 so we were late.

I found the right room and entered. I sat in the very last row, in the very last seat :? Part of my quirk...I always pick the worst seatings and such thinking I am doing others a favor...rather than saying "I deserve a better seat and they are available". I did take a picture from my seat, but you can't see him very good.

He was speaking when we entered...we settled and my daughter did well for maybe 10 minutes. Then she remembered she was a two year old, so...well, I was occupied shooting disapproval looks and doing hand gestures to her. Soon after, my husband escorted her out of the room. I could finally pay attention...then we were all clapping b/c he was done. Next to speak was Steve Altman I believe his name was.

When Mr. Altman was finished, it was time for Q & A. A handful of people asked questions....Mr. Hill & Mr. Altman got into a discussion with a hint of raised voices towards each other...nah, forget the hint, their voices were raised...it was about Altman saying there's more to 911 than we know and the monsters are our government...Altman was saying the World Trade Center bldg #7 fell w/out having been hit by a plane and fell with speed that was gravity defying...mumbo jumbo...and Joe spoke up and Mr Altman spoke louder and said something like "Are you speaking as an engineer?" so that woke the white hairs up, LOL.

From what I was able to hear, Joe did GREAT speaking. He was interesting and he has my hubby wanting to read a few of the short stories. I could hear him speaking to the people in front of me in the line to sign books and he was so friendly and personable.

Then time for the book signing. Here's your photos. Please ignore the mess of a being :shock:
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Asked him to sign 20CG for my daughter...for later, of course:
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For myself:
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Postby This_Girl on Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:59 pm

BTW, he's tall, LOL. When I saw he was going to stand I began to think "Oh, another photo where I tower a man" (issues with being tall) and I am 5'8...so he's tall, huh? 8)
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Postby Betsy_Boo on Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:11 am

Thank you so much TG!! The pictures are fantastic...it's almost like being there, which of course I wish I had been. I am very grateful to you for doing this. Someone mentioned on the blog that there was a little dust-up with Alten and I've been curious about that. He sounds kinda nutty.
Anyway, bless your heart for posting...you and your daughter are so pretty! And gosh, if you're 5'8" Joe must be well over 6 feet tall, eh?
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Postby LauraK on Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:37 pm

Thanks, ThisGirl- I loved seeing the pics, I'd have taken much the same ones, lol! (When we went to Maine, I took a pic of the exit sign for Ogunquit.) :oops:

That's a really wonderful pic of you and your daughter with Joe- you're very pretty. (You too, Joe, in a pretty-boy kinda way....)

Forgive me for judging but Mr. Altman sounds like an ass. :roll:

Very cool that you got one signed for your daughter, too! That's going to be very special to her one day. :)

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Postby Dana_Jean on Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:33 pm

Thanks TG for posting the pictures. You all look great and it appears a good time was had by all.
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Postby jodi on Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:26 am

Those are great TG! You did good girl.
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Postby LauraK on Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:39 am

Pssssst, Joe?

What was up w/ the hospital-ly-like wrist band?

Just curious...

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Postby foxslady on Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:04 pm

Great pics, you didn't get any of the gators though. I so wanted to be there and it was only a 2 hour drive, but RL stepped in and spoiled my plans.

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Postby sybil on Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:55 pm

oh dang, foxslady! i'm sorry you missed it.

TG - you're very pretty! and your daughter is adorable...how cool that she has an autographed book waiting for the right time! isn't he just laid back and down to earth?

but weird...i didn't think he was that tall. but then, i'm short, so everyone is tall to me!
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Postby This_Girl on Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:39 pm

sybil wrote:oh dang, foxslady! i'm sorry you missed it.

TG - you're very pretty! and your daughter is adorable...how cool that she has an autographed book waiting for the right time! isn't he just laid back and down to earth?

but weird...i didn't think he was that tall. but then, i'm short, so everyone is tall to me!


LOL - far from pretty, but thanks for the compliment. I actually had my hair chopped pretty short tonight....after seeing how scraggly it is in those pics!
I think my daughter will like that book being signed for her. And I'll have the pictures to show her she was there when he signed it. Joe was very nice and personable! I was hoping he wouldn't say much to me b/c I really am shy enough in RL that I freeze up and speak very softly (if anything will come out)
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Postby miamiheat on Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:25 am

Wow, nice photos! I'm a Floridian, born and lived in Ft. Lauderdale from 1965-1999 when I (illogically) moved to Indiana, so now I miss all the good stuff down there!

Interesting that one of the books Joe has in his stack is titled (something) Persepolis... Ties to Duma Key perhaps?
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Postby meridith on Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:17 pm

whats with the blue wrist band on Joe? is that so they don't confuse him for a crazed fan? LOL

could be like his dad in Austrailia when he was apparnetly signing books in a store and they wanted him to leave for vandalizing the books!
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Postby KingoftheHill on Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:28 pm

Great pictures!!! You DO look great and Joe did a great job with the inscriptions!!!! :) :) :)

Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope to attend something like this one day.
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Postby Barry_Wood on Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:53 am

Great photographs. Looks like everyone had fun.
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