|Yeah, weren't the 80's great? I miss the smell of perms.|
I couldn't decide what to wear. I mean do you go all casual for a parade or do you wear your old high school football jacket?
Anyway, I did make it to the parade lineup in time. There were many old friends there and many old cars and many old friends in old cars. There were also mounties:
There were soldiers there, too, of course. After all you need all the security you can get when clowns and writers infiltrate your town.
This is a buddy of mine, Gord Kozroski, who was in the army for ten years. And still fits into his uniform. He is a real captain (retired). See--people who listen to Iron Maiden can do something with their lives!
And here I am in the parade:
Oh, wait. That's a clown. How can you tell the difference between a writer and a clown? The clown has the nicer vehicle. Here I am with the two other parade captains:
Man, was waving ever tiring! And looking at the disappointed faces of all the children was tiring, too--they thought we might have candy in our car. We didn't. But we did have lots of incredibly funny jokes. My two fellow captains had so many jokes that I nearly broke my face laughing (it is possible).
Oh, here's another clown:
Or that might be a writer, actually. I can't tell because the vehicle is an old one. And, of course, here are more shots of the parade:
It was a 45 minute parade. Absolutely amazing. I did see my Algebra teacher on the parade route and shouted out to him, "Thanks for passing me!" I must say Algebra was very touch and go there on that last exam. But luckily I guessed right on the multiple choice questions. Otherwise I'd still be in high school.
Later I did the traditional selling and signing books thing:
And I posed for a photo with MLA Wayne Elhard!
I also got to thank my english teacher, Mr. Leek, for passing me way back when. And I meant to thank him for teaching The Cruel Sea, which influenced my novel Megiddo's Shadow.
|Two of Mr. Leek's students posing with him. Susan forgot that we're supposed to age with time.|
The rest of the day unfolded perfectly and ended with a beef on a bun dinner. Mmmmm. I would show you a picture of that, but I ate it too fast. So I'll end with another picture of a clown:
Happy Parading through life everyone,