It’s official now: I have a poster and everything

image I stopped in at Fred Meyer and found these greeting me at each entrance. How do I know there is one in each lobby? Because after seeing one in the north side I ran as fast as I could casually strolled to the other entrance and pretended I needed a sanitary wipe for the basket I didn’t actually have.

Admittedly, it was pretty neat seeing the posters in place for Saturday’s book-signing fundraiser. Not to mention how clean my hands were after wiping them repeatedly while standing next to the poster waiting to be recognized β€” which didn’t take long.

“Hey, you’re that GUY!”
“Who, me? Well…”
“Yeah, I was your trash collector the morning after that big ice storm.”
“I’m not sure I remember…”
“You ran out in your underwear and slipped on the curb.”
“I don’t remember that”
“You landed headfirst in the recycle bin.”
“I think you have me confused with someone else.”
“Isn’t that you on the poster?”
“My hands are clean. I have to leave now.”

Can’t wait for Saturday…


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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

44 thoughts on “It’s official now: I have a poster and everything”

    1. I remember that poster! In the swimsuit! I brought mine to school and hung it on Mrs. Flunkem’s “current events” wall, which was right across from my desk. It stayed up for three days until she noticed 1) my grades dropping and 2) you could see Farrah’s aeriolas showing through her top.

  1. Congratulations! And as to landing head-first in the recycle bin, well, right now I’m locked out of my vehicle and it’s running. 1 1/2 hr wait for help… and the thing is, I don’t remember locking the door!!

  2. Ha! We have green bins for biodegradeable, blue for plastic and black for cardboard/paper. Which one did you fall into? This is important because it establishes which processing track you will then proceed down. The separate tracks could determine whether you end up as a part of the tomato sandwich (as nutrient absorbed from the fetilizer) your readers are eating while perusing your book, as the plastic wrap on your book or the paper it is written on. Rest assured, though, no matter which bin you fall into we will keep you close Ned. πŸ˜€

    I’d like to get a copy of your book while supporting your cause, but there is no way I can get a cheque (if i can even find one) (actually it would easier for me to send a money order) to you by Saturday. Is there any way I can send the money (plus shipping) electronically? And would $40 US be enough?

    1. We’re simple folk here in Oregon. We only have “yellow” bins here and everything recyclable goes in it. Including me, apparently πŸ˜‰

      As for the book, I truly appreciate that, Paul! I can just hold a copy and make the donation for you, then square things up later. I’ll be happy to send you a copy once I get your address.

      Again, many thanks πŸ˜‰

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