Hey everyone. Eli, how did you sneak in here? Maybe it was just a big mis-communication. Maybe Eli said to me to make the book more "technological" instead of "chronological" maybe he wanted to see everyone on cell phones in the 1970's. John the Hot Dog Man with a cell phone in one hand and his tongs in the other. (Oh, by the way, we have decided we would cast the movie ourselves and that William Shatner would play John the Hot Dog Man and Leonard Nimoy would play Manolo - any suggestions are welcomed, all we need now is a billion or so dollars and a man with a camera, and someone to take sound.)
Ah, spoonbending. Carrie, I've been telling everyone how that was a once in a life-time thing that I actually did that, but it seems to engage everyone so much I'm going to have to make something up. I'm going to have to let out the big secret that yes, I can still spoon bend! When I was a kid I was watching television with my mother and sisters and there was a talk show on and Uri Geller was a guest. He was some pyschic who showed the audience how if they had an old broken watch at home that if they just held onto it and directed mental energy toward it that they could get the watch to work again. Well, we did that at home and lo and behold, I got some cruddy old Timex to start working again. Then Uri pulled out the old spoon trick and showed us on screen how he did it, and again, the powers were with me and I bent our metal spoon! (which was probably dirty and just pulled from the kitchen sink).
Hmmm, books I recommend. Let's see underrated books would be anything by Christine Schutt, Dawn Raffel, Noy Holland, Victoria Redel. Rightly rated - Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Angle of Repose by Stegner. There's a lot of good books out there, despite all my rantings that there aren't enough good books to read.