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Temps in the 40s, bad for Floridians, good for Montanans

The view from The Breakers, Leesha has much cuter feet than II’m here in Palm Beach where newscasters are warning locals to keep their pets inside as temps might drop into the 30s—which drew a snort from my lovely wife. Back home, our wooly mammoth of a golden retriever begs to go outside when it’s below zero (and takes naps half-buried in the snow).

Palm Beach itself is splendid in wintery repose. We even took a stroll down Worth Avenue (think Rodeo Drive with less silicone and more Botox) and dined at Ta-boo. No celebrity sightings to report. Must be the cold.

Weather aside, I’m in town for a literary series sponsored by Northern Trust, which is, when you think about it, an amazing thing for a financial institution to host. After all, which would you prefer from your financial planner: a free toaster or lunch with Wally Lamb? With Amy Tan? With Pat Conroy?

Speaking of, I’ll be meeting Pat Conroy again this weekend at the 11th Annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend, in Jefferson, Texas. We met last year, though I was too awestruck to say much—which is quite silly considering what an approachable gentleman Pat is. But as I’ve said on many occasions, some people have dreams where they can fly, but in my most ethereal, magical dreams, I’m writing like Pat Conroy…

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We live in Nebraska, which has been known to have some seriously cold and snowy winters--and early blizzards (one year the Mayor of Lincoln postponed Halloween until the following weekend, which the kiddies were not too happy about). Our niece, who lives in North Carolina, told us schools in Greensboro were closed for three days this week because they had one inch of snow. When she tells us things like that we tease her that if someone throws a cup of ice on the street they close the schools.
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Kubicek
Hi Jamie!
I thought you'd enjoy hearing this: I bought my 90 yr old Mom a Kindle for Christmas so she can read with larger type. When I went to Amazon to purchase some books for her, I was delighted to see Hotel appeared on the very first page of new fiction. Hooray for you! I think you were even ahead of Pat Conroy's South of Broad. I bought her both even though she had already read Hotel with a magnifying glass.
I know the Kindle means lost revenue for writers but it is really wonderful for people like my mother. She's been reading steadily ever since Christmas and loving it.
Happy New Year to you and safe travels.
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Raudenbush
Lunch with Amy Tan? Soooo jealous!!

And the 30s would be a heat wave here. I'd welcome those temps after it's been in the low 20s all week.
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDara
Rowdy--No worries! I do just fine on eBook sales, thanks to my intrepid agent's negotiating prowess.

David–That's how Seattle is. A dusting of snow and the city shuts down...
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Today we're getting close to the '40s in Denver, but as far as I'm concerned, that's still too cold. Of course, if I had my way I'd be living in a hot desert where it never dips below 85. Yes, my wife is convinced that I'm part lizard. Anyway, that is really cool that you're getting to hang out with Pat Conroy again. Oh, and the reason you didn't have any celebrity sightings is because Duh, you ARE the celebrity! Heh heh.
January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stallsworth

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