Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Authors and Animators and Illustrators Eat Beans

When last we were together (you and Moi), I was scarin' the heebeejeebies out of Son . . .


But enough of that! On to less scary stuff. Namely, my pal Jarrett Krosoczka.

When last we (Jarrett and Moi) were together, we were eating ice cream in Northampton . . .

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(Author/National Book Award Gal Jeanne Birdsall was with us, too. Because ice cream always tastes better when Jeanne is around.)

Well, Jarrett has much fun, he decided to travel all the way to Pasadena just to see me!!!! (Oh, and maybe he had meetings and a school visit, too.) BTW, Jarrett's LUNCH LADY series is going to be a movie starring Amy Poehler!


So, a bunch of author/illustrator types decided to get together and meet at the Apple Store in Old Town Pasadena. Peeps and I got there first, so we decided to play around with the computers -- which is a scary thing for all Apple products, everywhere . . .


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Then . . . hooray! Author/illustrator/animator Mr. Tom Warburton showed up. (He was one of our judges once.)


Then . . . hoorah! Author/illustrator/animator Bob Boyle showed up. (He was one of our judges once.) However, he was so busy paying attention to the computers, that he had no idea his gorgeous wife and Mr. Warburton were telling embarrassing stories about him . . .

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Soon, chauffer/friend/author/illustrator Dan Santat brought the out-of-towner in . . .
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And then it was time for fine cuisine at Barney's Beanery. Try to guess which photos are of my office and which ones are of the Beanery . . .
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Dinner was a blast! Then suddenly Jarrett leapt up and ran.

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Why? Was it the beans?


Eew. No. I can't believe you would even ask that. It was because he had the great and grand idea of EATING and PLAYING foosball at the SAME time . . .

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Ah, such fun! However, I had to leave early because I don't have Tivo.

That, and because I don't have a DVR. Or a VHS. Or anything, really, and Ghost Hunters was on. One of their producers had been in touch with me because the show was on the Thurber House, where I had lived when I was the Thurber Children's Writer-in-Residence. And while I was there, yes. I met The Ghost.

Here's Ghost Hunters, and Julia DeVillers and I in front of Thurber House . . .

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(Julia now lives in RUSSIA!!!)

I would tell you about the ghost, but I don't want you to think I'm weird. I dunno. Maybe I'll write about it someday.

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