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Things I Learned in Washington

Hey everyone, I’m in the Portland Airport, listening to someone sing a Coldplay song at the top of her lungs, about three feet away. I’m trying to drown out the noise with my typing.

On Thursday I spoke to a wonderful group of kids in Colville, Washington. During the drive, the presentation, and a night in Coeur D’alene, I learned a few things.

Such as:

  • I want to live somewhere pretty–the drive from Spokane to Colville was gorgeous, worth the trip
  • Despite my plans to see the sights, I cherish time alone in a hotel room–it’s the only time I can think of when nobody needs me. I read, I nap, and I watch infomercials
  • I ate dinner with a family on their farm. They basically had their own mountain. I want my own mountain
  • My dad is great. file under “relearned”
  • A 14 oz steak at the Wolf Lodge in Couer D’alene can’t be too fatty
  • The library in Couer D’alene is pretty, but when I asked the librarians for a reading recommendation, they couldn’t come up with anything besides a cookbook. TISK
  • I love kids
  • I hate the sight of my eldritch visage leering at me from a poster
  • I need an updated photo–the fresh-faced lad on that poster was barely recognizable
  • It’s going to be even more fun to go speak when an event ends with a book signing
  • I love small towns. I want to move to one.
  • It takes about 24 hours for me to start missing my family
  • I love to meet people worth knowing–I am never going to meet as many good people in one place as I do at these sorts of gatherings
  • It’s a small world. One of Adam Glass’s former lieutenants was in the audience when I spoke. Colville was the last place he expected a librarian to pop up, talking about one of his former brothers in arms
  • I eat like crap when I travel. Must change this in June.
  • Coldplay in the airport is obnoxious

There’s more, but it’s time to board. There is a woefully small plane beckoning to me.

Happy friday, y’all.

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  • Amy May 4, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Your speaking engagements always sound lovely. One of my Dad’s kin folk owns a mountain, I say its a large hill, in Arkansas. Even if it’s not the proper size to be a mountain it is beautiful there on their property.

    I am sorry the librarians didn’t have good recommendations for reading. Lane is always finding new things to read thanks to our local librarians. He wants to bake them a cake.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 5, 2012, 2:51 pm

      They were fine. They just got stymied when I walked up and said “I’m a librarian. What are you all reading?” and then I turned the vacant stare up to 11.

  • Pauline May 5, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Many librarians deserve to have a cake baked for them!

  • Ben hastings May 7, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Hi Josh, Ben here. Just wanted to say thanks for coming to our small town and giving me a different way to look at all the disabilities that I deal with in coaching Special Olympics soccer here in Colville, Washington.
    Have great week. I look forward to seeing you next year.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 7, 2012, 7:57 pm

      Thanks Ben, I had a wonderful time. You were all so good to me.