WEEKEND IN VANCOUVER
Paul Williams and I have been out on the road promoting Gratitude and Trust for one week today.
I have been blogging regularly on the Gratitude and Trust site. If you want to click over there to catch up on those postings you can see what we have been up to. It has been fun and fast moving. We have been selling out at our events and the groups have been engaged and engaging. It’s hard work but rewarding.
With all the travel and the events and keeping the hardcore G and T people up to date, I fear this site sometimes gets short shrift. I don’t mean to. I will be back to a normal schedule when the madness ends.
It is press early each day and events all day and in the evenings. And then of course there are the travel days.
In one week – four hotels, four flights and four cities.
But we did get a nice little respite this weekend.
We went up to Vancouver and only had one event! Saturday afternoon writer and scholar Ira Nadel arranged for us to do a discussion and signing at the Vancouver Public Library. Friday was an all day travel day and after the week we had we were so happy to check into the Shangri la.
There is nothing like an Asian run hotel. The beds, the bathrooms and the service can coddle you into a coma. We were so ready for this.
Especially since the night before in Montecito I had to move rooms at midnight due to an air conditioning leak that presented like a rainstorm. And Paul was convinced his room was haunted. So all we wanted was a good night’s sleep.
Thanks to travel agent Ben Shubitz were double upgraded to suites from normal rooms.. Happy Camper does not begin to describe it. We slept late and worked out. The spa at the hotel is amazing so I had a massage. It was exactly what the doctor h ordered. And it was a double treat, as we were not expecting it.
Friday night we were scheduled to take part in a Mariachi Festival (don’t ask) in San Jose. I was always a tad skeptical about this, but I will pretty much do anything to sell books. Even if it meant an 18 hour stop in the Bay Area. A night at the Marriott at the airport and a six am flight to Vancouver the day of our event there.
We would have been rushed, frantic and even more tired than we already were.
But as we say in the book “NO is often a gift” and when the promoters of the event wrote to say, the Mariachi were not so enthused by the prospect of our sharing our Six Affirmations of personal freedom with them, we were free to go to Vancouver a day early.
Vancouver is a gorgeous city. I had not been there for thirty years. It feels like Seattle only more vertical and with more water and it has that sensational Stanley Park.
We only had one afternoon and one morning, but Ira and his life partner Judge Anne McKenzie were great hosts and drove us all over town and showed us their beautiful city.
We are now in the air headed for two days of promotion and readings in San Francisco.
If any of you are in the area, check our events and come out and say hi.
We should be really on our game after our very chill weekend.