We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence yielded free thought ... and RWA was a celebration of that freedom! Last Monday, I departed Columbus at o-dark-hundred for my connection in Baltimore. Since I had a two hour layover, I camped out at the USO lounge! Once I boarded my plane to LaGuardia, I found a smiling face among the fly-through passangers - Mary Gramlich! We chatted about our plans as we both gritted our teeth through the turbulence. But it was worth the flight to land in NYC!
After claiming our baggage, we proceeded to the taxi line but were intercepted by an entrepreneurial young man. He offered us a flat rate in a town car. Feeling a bit adventurous, I accepted his offer and away we went (rest assured he had a conveyance licence). And an adventure we experienced! Our entrepreneurial young man is a volunteer EMT with bells and sirens installed in his car. While other cars and taxis crawled through traffic, he turned on his apparatus and drove unencumbered through the shoulder. He kindly pointed out local landmarks which appeared in movies, such as the smokestacks from Conspiracy Theory. We arrived safely at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square - headquarters of the RWA National Convention. After exiting our town car-turned-emergency vehicle, we encountered the always charming Victoria Alexander (she would be the last author I saw as I departed LaGuardia on Saturday). She set the tone for the coming week - bright lights and big stories in NYC!
|Caridad and Mary|
Caridad Pineiro met us at the hotel and treated us to lunch at Junior's - conveniently located across the hotel (and a popular spot for the theater crowd). Caridad noted that Junior's serves the best cheesecake in the Big Apple! After lunch, I took a quick nap before our dinner date with Delilah Marvelle, Christine, and May. We walked over to Hell's Kitchen for Five Napkin Burger ... and their burgers lived up to their reputation! Delilah suggested a special treat for dessert - make your own donuts! We decided that New Yorkers don't gain weight from these treats as they walk everywhere! I fell into bed Monday night exhausted .... knowing that more adventure would come!
I am giving away a book of choice from my RWA stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Independence Day - what are your plans?
If you are an international reader, what is your national holiday? And how do you celebrate it?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, July 9, 10 pm in Dayton. I'll post the winners on Sunday, July 10.
Kim in Dayton