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Friday, January 28, 2011

Stop #4: Sanibel Public Library

If I ever said anything unkind about this Miata, I take it back. I arrived on Sanibel Island at 1:30 pm, pulled over and put the roof down What a glorious day to be alive and well on a semi-tropical Florida island in a cute convertible carrying books and clothes that travel well when wadded into balls and stuffed in crevices.

Then I suddenly remembered this was not my "free" day as I had thought (the lost tornado day messed me up!); rather, I was expected at the library in 15 minutes!

I pulled into the visitors' center, removed my wadded black suit from between the seats, gave it a snap and donned it in the bathroom. (If you don't have a black suit you can wad and don in the nearest bathroom or phone booth, I highly recommend you purchase one. It won't stop a speeding bullet, but it will get you out of a jam.) I made it to the library with five minutes to spare. I had hat head and zinc oxide on my nose, but hey.

Duane showed me the library's Author Wall of Fame, which includes such Florida dignitaries as Connie May Fowler, Susan Orlean, Tim Dorsey and others. I'll be added to the wall, and I couldn't be more proud.

After my presentation, I checked into the Anchor Inn and drove around some more in the convertible. I stopped at a casual grill for oysters and striped bass and met a young muscian named Jimi C who promised he'd be famous one day. I believe him.

I wish the Miata and I could have stayed another day. We really liked it there.

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