For those of you wondering
how the baby story turned out--Baby John is fine and bubbling and laughing
despite being abandoned on a highway in his car seat by his 34-year old
mother. This act, in Illinois, is called a Class A misdemeanor.
If you steal more than $500 from someone, however, it's a felony.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? (Sorry, I just had to get that out
of my system...)
Princeton, Illinois really
is an amazing little town. 150 years ago 7,300 people lived here.
Today, 7,200 people live here, according to Mike, the banker I met at the
town square library. To see all the antique stores in Princeton would
take several days. Now hang onto your hats--this will be the most
shocking discoveries I have made on this trip--ready? Not only is
there angle parking in the downtown area but the parking meters take PENNIES.
Remember those little round coin thingys? They'll get you 12 minutes
of parking in downtown Princeton.
Checked in at Allen Lumber
and met a 3-legged cat named Salem who is the designated meeter/greeter
and does a fine job. Squirmed and lolled around being a super spirit
and telling me--see, despite missing something (in your case, Alyce, CASH)
they don't take your spirit.
OK, so now I've made it all
the way to Chicago and I am enjoying the air-conditioned library in Berwyn.
Friday I am supposed to drive the roadster into downtown and show up at
the hotel where I have two speaking engagements. Wish me luck.
I'm going to need every bit I can muster.
Love to you all!!!