Summer Rush

I know — no public posts in a while. It’s been a busy week, with a bunch of stuff going on.

and I are now kidless until July — The Minion having safely arrived in Germany for her 6-week summer exchange program. (This was the main reason for my public silence — lots of hassle involved in final preps for her trip, which kept us jumping during the past week)

So summer has now officially begun for us. When The Minion returns, we all head to NY in the following week, where I will be attending ThrillerFest (where I have scheduled meetings with agents), and The Minion will be doing campus tours of NYU and (after a brief train ride to New Haven) Yale (gulp), and we’ll be visiting a bunch of people (including my brother and other various family members, as well as , & co.). Then, back to Kansas, where at the end of July/beginning of August, my other two kids will be here for a visit. But we’re still not done yet, because in mid-August, I’ll be going to GenCon with .


My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks — 6/13– and I have ZERO idea of what to do. Party? Go to the KC casinos? Curl up into a ball and sleep until July? No clue. Suggestions welcome.

Houston, We Have Passport.

Minion Launch is a Go.

The FedEx courier delivered the passport 15 minutes ago, an hour and a half ahead of schedule.

It cost me an extra $350 bucks, but my little girl is going to fly to Germany with her group tomorrow morning.

I’m currently sitting back, drinking a shandy (lemonade and Boulevard Wheat beer) and relaxing.

I’m eventually going to try to get reimbursed, but I’m not holding my breath.

But for now, everything’s in place, and Minion leaves tomorrow for the experience of a lifetime.

Typhoid Bubba

So that chucklehead who decided to fly on two long transatlantic flights, despite the fact that he’d been diagnosed with TB and advised not to travel?

Just described in on Olbermann’s show as “A man from the Atlanta area.”

Yeah, pretty much all you need to know, right there.

His travel plans were far more important than, oh, I dunno….NOT spreading a drug-resistant virus in a contained air system aboard a plane filled with hundreds of people. (Twice, even.)

Yeah….pretty much sums up the experience I have of Atlanta residents.