My time in Colorado was pretty satisfying. I took my book markers along as planned and put them out for distribution at the reunion. I explained that they were for shameless self-promotion. At least a dozen people expressed interest in checking out my books and this website.
There are other terms for shameless self-promotion: advertisements, commercials, "a word from our sponsors."
There is at least one other published writer in my graduating class. Ordinarily I'd include her name here, but I think I'll wait till I get permission.
Sometimes things work out good and bad at the same time. I was looking forward to visiting my son and his family but it just so happened that the same days I was there he and his had to be in Minnesota. That was too bad. But! They needed someone to feed their dogs and water their grass and outdoor plants while they were gone. So I dog sat. This saved me over four hundred dollars in motel bills, and their dogs got fed and watered and cared for and their grass and plants got enough water. A win-win arrangement and believe me those do not come along so often that a person should let the opportunity slide by.
There's a difference between Colorado and SW Wisconsin that I knew, but hadn't really noticed before in one specific way.
First, I was born and raised and educated in Colorado. I was told at an early age that I had asthma. I was never really sure what that meant because I never had an attack, never wheezed, never had any trouble breathing. I was as active as any other kid in the 50s and 60s and I was a pretty good sprinter. No breathing problems even when I moved to southwest Nebraska.
Then I came to Wisconsin. There is humidity in Wisconsin, at least in the summer. It took a couple of years, but finally one dark and cool morning when I was jogging I discovered I could not breathe adequately. A visit with my doctor confirmed what I expected: asthma! I actually had two e.r. visits with asthma attacks during the first few months after it made itself known.
But it's been years now since I had any trouble. I use my inhaler before exercise.
The point is that even though I'm very aware of the difference, it was emphasized when I was in Colorado.
Here at home, when I shower, even after I dry off I don't feel dry. The humidity makes me feel damp no matter how much toweling I do.
But during my stay in Colorado I realized something after my first shower—I felt dry! It was so cool! My wife wants to move back to Colorado anyway, and I do too: I really miss the mountains. But now I have another reason. I'll get to feel dry and clean at the same time.
So, as soon as we become independently wealthy, or my writing brings in a few thousand a month, we'll probably move back to Colorado. Besides, there my wife can get marijuana extract specifically for her chronic pain.
Next post I'll mention a little about ol' MJ and that "gateway drug" crapola. Please feel free to comment any time about anything, and thanks for reading.