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Life Goes On
6/12/2011 1:12:44 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Heroes, eating out, and au revoir...
So, thanks to Emma, I'm finally beginning to sell some books through exposure from Facebook. She posts any discount specials my publishers allow, and her efforts seem to be meeting some success. On a related note, I'm considering not renewing my subscription to AuthorsDen, because after years of trying to get noticed, and despite tens of thousands of hits and even briefly having the number-one most popular article posted, to my knowledge, this site has not helped me sell a single title. Thank you to all of you who have read and commented on what I've posted here over the years...but I'm trying to sell books, not simply get a little attention for myself.

Meanwhile, Em finally reached the breaking point with her overly aggressive Facebook "friend" who could not comprehend, no matter how clearly she stated it over and over, that she does not spend hours a day on Facebook or online at all, and cannot easily respond to constant queries or IMs on demand. Finally, FINALLY she unfriended him, and he has still made several attempts to contact her, though they seem to be getting fewer and farther between. Y'know, the brainless moron who attacked me on Facebook was dealt with swiftly and decisively, then given an opportunity to understand she'd made an error but refused to acknowledge it. So my way of dealing with aggressive idiots, though brutal in comparison to Emma's sweet and understandong method, at least resolved the problem immediately. Poor Em got to the point where she was afraid to even go online at all for awhile, certain she'd be forced to face her cyberstalker once again. She still feels bad it came down to blocking the guy. I don't feel the least bit bad that I went after my antagonist, loaded for bear. If anything, I was too civil in my wording and, given the chance, would go back loaded for T-rex.

So we hit a military collectibles show this weekend and I picked up a nifty little Pacific-Rim looking hand-fashioned antique knife, throwing knives with a target I've discovered I have a knack with if I toss underhand, and a copy of Col. Joe Kittinger's book, "Come Up And Get Me" he autographed for me. He's definitely up there amongst the coolest people I've ever met in my entire life. Don't know what he's famous for? Try searching his name on Wikipedia. Great guy, very friendly, looks great for his age. Beautiful and lovely wife, too. He was seated beside one of my other favorite people in the world, Hiram E. Mann, one of the remaining Tuskeegee Airmen. You can hear Hiram talk about his experiences as a true American hero in the outstanding DVD, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight To Fly.

Then we lunched at the Compass Rose Diner, where I'd always enjoyed dining before due to the 1930's decor set beside an active private airfield. I'd heard they had acquired a new chef who was supposed to revolutionize the menu and was eager to find out how he'd done. Previously, I'd found the food mediocre at best, but tolerable just because I'm so charmed by the place. I ordered the fish & chips. Emma ordered a turkey sandwich on toasted whole wheat bread. The menu didn't seem much different then when I'd last eaten there. I noticed the revolving, tall, glassed-in dessert case was gone, and that seemed a shame since you so very rarely see them at all anymore. I'd tried the fish & chips at another restaurant recently...and it was so blech I seem to've put the name of the place out of my mind, but it left me weary of trying it again so soon. Generally, I might eat fish in any form perhaps a dozen times a year. The Compass Rose served me two nice-sized portions of surprisingly moist and tender, mild white fish in a tempura coating (my favorite), fried almost brown (also appreciated). It was so hot, I had to pick pieces free, dip them in the very fresh tasting tartar sauce, then risk burning my mouth—albeit willingly because it was so very, very good! I honestly can't recall having had such wonderful fish & chips...perhaps ever! It came with cole slaw without dressing, which Em was happy to dispose of for me along with her own portion since she sometimes takes her salad dry anyway. I was traded her deli-style, intense, briny, garlicky pickle spear for it. To my delight, two packets of malt vinegar were served with my steak fries. Most places that serve fish & chips don't even seem aware of what this wonderful condiment is! The steak- or plank-style fries were thick and tender, fried just a shade past golden (again, I love stuff like that slightly overcooked). I don't know if they normally cook their fried foods that much, but it was exactly what I'd have done if I'd been frying for myself. Em said her turkey sandwich was actually above average, and since we were eating pretty basic foods, with minimal preparation if most everything's pre-made, that becomes pretty high praise. I have no idea if the fish was hand-dipped or the fries fresh-cut. It was just good. I'm very pleased to be able to return to Fantasy Of Flight at any time and be able to round out my visit with some delicious, hot comfort food in that delightful setting. You can visit the diner without paying admission, by the way, and it's roughly midway between Orlando and Tampa. So if you've never been there, treat yourself to a slight preview of this fantastic attraction and a hearty lunch or early supper. The new chef's definitely turned the quality up a couple of noticeable degrees!

I also visited Sound Exchange in Brandon this weekend after lunching at Sweet Tomatoes (which, BTW, handed us a BOGO coupon along with our receipt as incentive to return again tomorrow). I tried this egg and salsa, cheese and tortillas dish called chilaquiles that was similar to how I enjoy my eggs at home. I missed my focaccia (the kind they had out had scrambled eggs on top), and my multi-grain bread (formerly called Indian Bread, but I'm guessing someone complained {of course}), but they had nice little warm, crispy-exteriored chocolate brownie muffins and warm cinnamon apples, so I'll forgive them. The current theme, I think is strawberries...not a favorite of mine, and is soon to be cherries...also not a draw. Anyway, Sound Exchange will be relocating a few blocks south of their current location around the end of the month. No big deal. They appeared to have more stuff than usual, though, which made us wonder if one of their other stores had closed. I bought Bachelor Party (The original with Tom Hanks), Pleasantville, and Cat People (Nastassja Kinski), The X-Files Season 5, and some Wynton Marsalis, Robbie Williams, and an Erasure CD. I'm thinking that after we finish watching The X-Files, I might begin collecting Northern Exposure. Like The X-Files, I was only sort of into this show, off and on, finding something to relate to late into its run, then lamenting its finale. I really started connecting with the character of Ed, the shaman, and want to learn more about him. Emma is oblivious to anything relating to this program, but I suspect she might find pleasure in watching it again with me.

Well, it's getting late, I still have a few chores to do, and a new book to read. I lost every opportunity I had to work on my kids' book last week, so I'm dedicating myself to double time this week coming. If you enjoyed any of my work here in the 'Den, you might want to save it or print it yourself, because it may be vanishing soon. I wish all the rest of you here the best of luck with your endeavours, no matter what they be. Just because I'm withdrawing does not mean this isn't the site for you. I have never had a problem with anyone here or even the site itself. It's just time for me to get more aggressive in the pursuit of my goals and put my money into efforts that work.

Eddie D.

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