Monday, September 18, 2006

Tonight's Book Signing: Alan Alda

Last week I got a frantic call from my sister, sounding mildly like Paul Revere, "Alan Alda is coming! Alan Alda is coming!"

This afternoon it was, "I just found out they've got the chairs already set up! We've got to get up there!"

The book signing was in Bethesda, MD. Mind you, I got next-to-no sleep last night, and I was a little tired and grumpy.

But oh well.

I decided to go ahead and leave work and head up to Bethesda to meet Alan Alda. I got up there at 3:30 (and I left work at 3:00, so it was no mean feat), and I was the third person there. I got a seat front row, center. The book store expected 1,000 people there. Whether that happened or not, I don't know, but I truly wouldn't be surprised.

In the picture you see of him and me, I was telling him how much I enjoyed his work with Woody Allen. In the other pictures, he was giving his presentation about his book "Never Stuff Your Dog" which is quite good!!!

I *may* be going to another signing this week, but I dont' want to post it just in case. It's on Wednesday night, which would mean skipping my ladies supper club, and I'm not sure I want to do that. On the other hand, it would be an amazing opportunity.

Alan Alda was a fabulous speaker, he had us laughing our heads off, and has a fascinating life story. I highly recommend the book--I started reading it, but I got caught up with the 3 ladies around me, one of whom had no idea how to use her Blackberry, one of whom actually goes all over the place to go to book signings (she has been to 400 of them, she estimates), and one who was a dedicated MASH fan and Alan Alda fan (she cried through his presentation). I love these book signings, you meet such fascinating people. It's as much fun as meeting the author himself/herself.

I'm off to bed.

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