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I brought a camera on this trip but unfortunately I forgot to bring the gizmo that allows me to download photos into my laptop. When I get home I'll put them in: a video taken from a stage in an auditorium in Chicago, looking out at an auidience of kids who are enthusiastically singing Happy Birthday to me; and a photo of me with illustrator Eric Rohmann, signing books. No photos from SF, where it rained every minute, except for one of the amazing bed in my hotel room. And a photo of me with Sean Astin and his wife, Christine,  in LA.  We went to the Getty Center, where I had not been before---it's spectacular---and found a quiet place to sit and have tea and talk about the movie of "Number the Stars"...

Anyway, no photos yet. But they will come.  I am in Denver now...where it snowed this morning!...and headed to Mieeapolis/St. Paul tomorrow.  From there to Michigan, Oak Park and Ann Arbor, and then HOME on Saturday.

It was interesting to be in public with Sean, whose face is well known because of the Lord of the Rings movies, and to see the number of fans* who come up to him and say, "Are you...""  "Could you possibly be..?" "Can you sign my child's sweatshirt?" "Can I have my photo taken with you?" and to see that he remains cheerful and gracious.  Fame could be a nuisance, I  think.

*including a group of women in headscarves who said they were from Iraq and had been in this country only four months

My hotel in LA (actually, in Claremont, east of LA), had a tiny movie theater behind it, and as I was finished with appearances by 6 or 7 each evening..I went to two movies: "Of Gods and Men" and "The Lincoln Lawyer"...in the evenings, which made it seem almost like a vacation.


Later today I go to do a reading/signing at the wonderful Tattered Cover bookstore.  Then back to the hotel to reorganize my suitcase (only a carry-on! For ten days! I am so proud of myself!) for the next leg of my journey. No movie theater here. But I'm good at watching mindless TV at the end of a busy day.

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Jilly Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so glad you enjoyed St. Louis...I lived there for a few years of my childhood and then spent the rest of my young adult life in a small town about an hour away. It's such a lovely city with so much history. If you haven't visited The Arch (and gone to the top!) I highly recommend it. :)
As far as the strange weather goes, we Missourians know all too well about tornadoes. Unfortunately spring and summer are riddled with them here in "Tornado Alley". In fact, we are no stranger to all manner of weather - scorching heat, bitter cold, deep snow, crippling ice and even an "inland" hurricane which we experienced 2 years ago! Mother Nature sure is creative here in the Midwest!
I'm glad you were safely inside and away from the elements. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and I wish you all the best in your summer adventures!

Betty Birney Monday, 29 November 1999

St. Louis is my hometown, though I've spent half my life in L.A. I'm glad you caught the very KEY distinction between City and County. (I'm a county girl - that's my sister's library.) Glad you got the hint of Tornado Alley without experiencing the tornado at the airport last night! I do thank the St. Louis County Library for sending a bookmobile to our neighborhood when I was growing up in the 50s. I read all the great books of children's literature there, thanks to observant but quiet librarians who saw what I liked. I still remember a soft voice saying, "You like that Doctor Doolittle book ... here's another one." (Insert Little House, Mary Poppins or Betsy-Tacy into the above.)

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