Friday, October 28, 2005

Pros and Cons

The bad thing about Mendocino county is that when your contact, for which you have no replacements, rips on a Saturday, there's no optometrist's office open to help.

The good thing about Mendocino county is that if you have an admirably pushy friend who will call optometrists at their home, you can dig one up who will meet you at his closed office and give you a contact from his sample bag, for free.

The bad thing about Hurricane Wilma is, well, you know. Big hurricane.

The nice thing about Hurricane Wilma is that instead of going to Miami - which I'm sure is very nice, except not during a big hurricane - I got to spend more time in Austin with my family. And hang out with old friends and blog commentors Pete and Paul, and also Paul's fiance Amanda, who is great but surely was bored to tears by all our catch-up talk.

This Sunday I've got a reading at 12:30 at the Texas Book Festival. Going up against Jane Smiley, so I fear I'm not the big draw at this event. Should be fun though. Then back to New York, and all its many pros and cons.


Blogger pinky said...

Hey Julie,
I have been reading your book and it has perversely been making me miss New York. Partly because of the people we glancingly meet there, people with weird dreams and great friends, and sometimes snakes and too much aspic. Partly just the subway and the night air and shambling around. I know it is a sort of memoir of being broke and young and at a loss, but I am feeling nostalgic for all that right now. It is beautifully written, and I am enjoying the softer parts too, because I think in your blog you often came off as a little harder than you really are, and the book is a much clearer window to you.

Hey - this morning we had book club at my Mom's house, and my copy of J/J was on a chair, and 3 people recognized it! You are huge in Milwaukee. That has got to mean something.

Be well, Girly.


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