Sean and I decided to go out last night to hear reading and interviews by two amazing authors. They were at the Alley Theater and Anne knew I had read their books and though I might be interested. We headed over there after supper and were stunned to find out they were sold out. I just hadn’t the article carefully and (duh) assumed (wrong!) we could buy tickets at the door.
Sold out…probably sold out weeks ago. I stood there dumbfounded in front of the young woman at the will call desk.
Well, could we stand in the back? I asked. Was I crazy?
No, she said patiently, but if we were willing to wait until 7:30, there might be some no shows and we might get seats. We stood off to the side with another group of about eight people.”Tell him you have cancer,” Sean joked and that started us laughing.
“I can make it a really sad story, ” I said.
Instead we people watched until (God bless her) the woman at the desk took our little contingent up to a balcony with some chairs on risers (I honestly think they were for the people working the event) and we were there for the entire evening. The people watching, by the way, was fabulous. Much different from Venice where everyone is our age or older. There were high school kids, college kids, people very dressed up, people in jeans. I felt as if every age group from 15 to 90 was represented.
We loved it. Sean and I had both read Transatlantic (good book by the way) and I had read Americanah (and loved it) Both authors were witty and real…loved listening to them read, loved listening to them talk about their craft.
Today I have a pulmonary function test (to make sure I can breathe) and a consult with the oncologist. Tomorrow is a consult with the radiation oncologist. My guess is that between the two of them, I should have a vague timetable by the end of the week. (hope so) I still have to see a cardiologist (these guys check you out THOROUGHLY before they mess with you) but that should be it!
Some of you have asked for my snail mail address. It’s
2133 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057