July 14th, 2008

atom

The Great Drive, Day Three

Saturday was the third day of Josh and Rachel's Great Drive; they woke up that morning with the kids and cats in Louisville, Kentucky, and they went to bed that night in St. Louis, Missouri.

They continue to send me pictures and updates, but it's catch as catch can, so some of what I report may not be completely accurate. Anyway, here goes.

On Day 3, they left Kentucky and spent much of their day driving through Indiana and Illinois.


Have We Arrived in Illinois Yet? Have We Arrived in Illinois Yet?



At the border, after they crossed into Illinois, they arrived at the Skeeter Mountain Rest Area.


Skeeter Mountain Skeeter Mountain



I'm guessing they liked the name Skeeter Mountain.

They visited a 1950s style McDonald's in New Baden, Illinois. They sent me one photo, but it wasn't very good. Maybe someone out there can find a better on on the Internet.

When they reached St. Louis, they drove past the famous arch.


The St. Louis Arch The St. Louis Arch
Wow. It's an arch, all right.



In St. Louis, they went swimming with friends of Rachel's and then went out to dinner with friends of Joshua's. They went to Kobe, a Japanese steakhouse, and Emma apparently hid while the food was cooked in front of them.


(Basic message repeats: Rachel is looking for a group with which to go see the new X-Files movie at the 10 pm showing on the night of Friday July 25 at the Eugene Valley River Center movie theater. She already has her ticket. Get in touch if you'd like to go see the movie with her.)

[Josh & Rachel's Trip Picture Gallery]
atom

The Great Drive, Day Four

Sunday morning, Josh, Rachel, the kids and the cats woke up in St. Louis, Missouri, and they spent the day driving across the state. Even though Josh has driven across the country with Rachel once before, I think he's experiencing culture shock, given some of the photos he's sent me.

We'll start with this sign.


We're Not in NYC Anymore... We're Not in NYC Anymore...



Rachel told me that they're assuming it's okay for customers to bring in their rifles, so long as they aren't concealed. (Although how does one conceal a rifle? The mind boggles.)

The highlight of today's drive for their oldest daughter, Emma, was when they made the decision to stop in the town of Emma, Missouri, population 243.


Emma Gets Her Own Post Office Emma Gets Her Own Post Office



I suspect that she'll return there one day and run for mayor.

When they got to their hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, they found this bus emptying itself of passengers.


Holy Bus, Batman Holy Bus, Batman



According to what I understood from Rachel, the tourists spotted Josh and thought he was there to give them directions. I'm not surprised, given that his name is Joshua, after all.

When Rachel called me tonight (well, given when I'm posting, maybe it was last night), Josh was at a Walmart, buying cat litter for the cats. This is how they've been spending most of the trip, so I'm not surprised that they needed more cat litter.


Get Me Out of Here! Get Me Out of Here!



Monday they're driving from Kansas City to Hays, Kansas. Hays may have only 20,000 residents, but their website and Wikipedia page suggest that they may have some interesting stuff to see while there. Assuming they have the time.

In the meantime, I should really try to get to sleep.

(Basic message repeats: Rachel is looking for a group with which to go see the new X-Files movie at the 10 pm showing on the night of Friday July 25 at the Eugene Valley River Center movie theater. She already has her ticket. Get in touch if you'd like to go see the movie with her.)

[Josh & Rachel's Trip Picture Gallery]
atom

Readercon 19 Schedule

For those of you planning to be at Readercon this weekend, here’s my schedule. For convenience’s sake, I’m listing it twice. The clipped version is just the titles and participants of the panels I’m on, and behind the cut there’s more detail on what the panels are about.

I’d also like to make a request. For my final panel, I’m moderating a discussion of Arthur C. Clarke and the other writers we lost in the past year. If anyone has suggestions of writers they feel we ought to discuss, please do let me know.

Thursday 9:00 PM, Salon G: Panel
Snape, Gollum and Other Moral Linchpins. Michael A. Burstein (L), Elizabeth Hand, Yves Meynard, Cecilia Tan, Ann Tonsor Zeddies

Friday 12:01 AM: “The Dark Knight” at the AMC Loews Burlington 10

Friday 11:00 AM, ME/ CT: Talk / Discussion (60 min.)
Science Fiction as a Mirror for Reality. Robert J. Sawyer with discussion by Paolo Bacigalupi, Michael A. Burstein, Lancer Kind, Hildy Silverman, et. al.

Friday 2:30 PM, NH / MA: Reading (30 min.)
Reads a selection from his story "Empty Spaces."

Friday 10:30 PM: Meet the Pros(e) Party

Sunday 11:00 AM, ME/ CT: Panel
The Fermi Paradox Paradox. Michael A. Burstein, Jeff Hecht (L), Steven Popkes, Robert J. Sawyer, Ian Randal Strock

Sunday 12:00 Noon, Salon G: Panel
Remembering Arthur C. Clarke (and Others We've Lost This Year). Michael A. Burstein (L), Shira Daemon, Walter H. Hunt, Rosemary Kirstein, Allen Steele



Collapse )
book-cover-old

Announcing BursteinBooks.com

So you've been meaning to pre-order a hardcover copy of the collection I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein, but you're having too much trouble remembering the URL http://www.apexbookcompany.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=30 ?

No worries! Just type in http://www.BursteinBooks.com, and you'll be automatically redirected to the order page!

Remember, that's BursteinBooks, for books by Burstein!

(And, as I've mentioned before, remember that the book will be available from all the usual places, but only the pre-ordered hardcovers will arrive already autographed.)
atom

The Great Drive, Interlude

Josh and Rachel have called me twice from the road today. They've also been sending me more pictures, and I'll be posting about their day again this evening.

Josh asked me to share a few other things that he missed telling me before:

  • In West Virginia and Kentucky, they found themselves driving on something called the Purple Heart Trail. They didn't know what it was all about, but I think that website explains it.
  • The highest price they've paid for gasoline so far (regular, 87 octane) has been $4.199 per gallon in New Baden, Illinois.
  • The hotel they stayed in last night was across the street from the stadium where the Kansas City Royals play.
  • Their GPS is apparently named Samantha, not Sue.
  • Last night, he did three loads of laundry and slept in a chair from about 1 am to 4 am.


Also, he asked for a shout out to Chelsea at the Kansas City Starbucks off I-70 at exit 11, who was kind enough to sell them a New York Times as well as coffee through the drive-in window. Chelsea, my brother thanks you again, and this time on the Internet, where it's forever.


I'll Have a Coffee and a Sweet Roll...ah, I mean a New York Times I'll Have a Coffee and a Sweet Roll...ah, I mean a New York Times




(Basic message repeats: Rachel is looking for a group with which to go see the new X-Files movie at the 10 pm showing on the night of Friday July 25 at the Eugene Valley River Center movie theater. She already has her ticket. Get in touch if you'd like to go see the movie with her.)

[Josh & Rachel's Trip Picture Gallery]