Having appeared personally in every elementary and middle school in the greater eleven-state Chicago area, Ridley and I are now at O'Hare International Airport Hell, preparing to take our Tour-A-Palooza to Seattle, where among other events we'll appear at a (Surprise!) bookstore. We had a fine event last night at Anderson's in Naperville; a number of blog people showed up dressed as squirrels. This made the bookstore people a little nervous, but we assured them that the squirrel people were probably harmless, although just in case they should have tranquilizer darts handy.
Ridley and I are in good shape, although Ridley's suitcase broke, possibly because the airport-security people are extremely suspicious of him (not that I blame them) and keep rummaging through his suitcase, which makes him CRAZY, as he is a very Neat Packer. This morning a TSA personnel was rummaging around in there and found that Ridley was carrying approximately eight packets of Sword of Mercy bookmarks, which we've been giving out to kids at school events. The personnel was quite concerned about these. He kept asking Ridley about them, and Ridley kept saying, quote, "They're bookmarks." If you looked closely, you could actually see the steam shooting from his ears. But I, for one, applaud the TSA personnel. God knows what could happen if bookmarks got onto an airplane.
Anyway, we're on to Seattle, where we will pick up the West Coast Swordmobile. So if you live out that way, watch out.