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I'm Outta Here

September 9th, 2008 (12:47 am)

I'm leaving Tuesday morning for the National Federation of Press Women conference in Idaho Falls. I'm rooming with my good friend astein142 and will be seeing a lot of other friends I see only once a year. Allison and I are doing our own afternoon trip to Yellowstone during our free time on Wednesday. During the conference I'm part of a panel presentation on publishing, and I'm hosting a roundtable on writing children's books. Various journalists, politicians, authors, and public relations specialists will be speaking at the conference, but probably the best known guest is Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. (I have an 8x10 glossy of her that I want to get autographed.) After the meetings, I'm heading off on the post-tour, which goes to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, among other places. Old Faithful, here I come!

I do want to warn the residents of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming that Allison and I have had trouble in the past controlling our Goddess powers when our friend Paula, the third Goddess of the Triumvirate, is not present. The presence of only two Goddesses without the balancing power of the third has been known to cause a snowstorm in May in St. Louis, tornadoes in downtown Nashville, and assorted other weather disasters. The presence of all three Goddesses together, on the other hand, bestows great blessings upon the land, including a week of lovely 70-degree days in Anchorage, Alaska. Alas, Paula can't make it to Idaho. So this time, I'm bringing along my Goddess talisman (or is that taliswoman?) in hopes that it will provide the third center of power, thereby sparing Idaho a tsunami or a plague of frogs or something. But if you hear about any wildly unseasonable or downright destructive weather patterns in the Northwest over the next week, well, we warned you.

I'll try to find a computer in the hotel so I'm not completely out of touch while I'm gone, but chances are, my access to the Internet will be sporadic, so bear with me if I don't post to this blog or reply to e-mails much in the next week or so. I'll be home on the 17th.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: September 9th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)

... and then there was the monsoon in New York ... You do realize that Yellowstone is a dormant volcano, right?

Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: September 10th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)

Have a safe trip and give Paula my regards!

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: September 13th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)

Wish I could. Paula isn't here. She couldn't make it this time. But I didn't even know that you knew Paula!

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