But we're into the business end of the deal now, so Larry my minder shuttled me around the district today, signing copies. Then dropped me back at the hotel in time to check a few emails before Madoc very generously drove down from LA to whisk me away to dinner across the water from the big fleet base. I had a very fine swordfish steak grilled in some sort of spicey SoCal herb mix with green beans.
Then it was off to Mysterious Galaxy for a chat and some signing. Another dip o' the propeller beanie to the Galaxy crew for indulging me in my odd anecdotal ays. I dont think they get a lot of writers explaining the critical importance of strip clubs and brothels to their early development.
A really pleasant development there was the presence of Bill, the USN chief you might remember from the old Cheeseburger whom I took to lunch at Char in Brisbane. He was off his ship and back home with his family and made the effort to come to the gig. Again, cheers.
Then back to SD proper with Madoc for a Blanton's bourbon and a tour of the gas lamp district before heads down here at the hotel.
Early flight tomorrow.
Did a first class upgrade this morning on United. It gave me pause. I think it was Monster Yuppy who said something like their first isn't far off Qantas' economy. He was right. I now have a perverse desire to experience an economy flight on a US domestic leg, just to see what it's like.
It can't be that bad. Right?
Anyway, again, many thanks to Madoc for a huge effort.
And now to New York.