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April 24, 2008

From Oliver BC
Posted by Ruth Campbell

Finally get to contribute to the blog, and probably the only time I’ll do so, since my laptop exploded just before our departure on the southern leg of the tour. Today is Thursday and everything is a blur. Maybe that’s because I’ve spent too many late nights sitting in restaurants and hotel bars, listening to Ron Smith insult me. I’d repeat some of his devastating remarks, but I don’t like to use that kind of language in print. Last night I told him that he could lose ten pounds of ugly fat by cutting off his head. He criticized me for my grade two level humour, but that’s okay because most of our audiences are actually in grade two. Ron had to leave the tour this morning to go back to Vancouver, and I’m continuing without him for the next two days. Overall, we’ve been fortunate with our elementary school audiences; young kids are so enthusiastic and bursting with questions. We also had a terrific audience last night at the public library in Kelowna, which consisted of some of Claire Mulligan’s friends and even a couple that I used to know in high school and hadn’t seen since the ice age! All the readings have been done eloquently, and sometimes I feel like the inarticulate illustrator of the group, grunting and pointing at my pictures. Right now, we’re killing time in a quaint little coffee shop in Oliver,stuffing ourselves with ginger cake and tea, after which we’ll saunter down to the local Indian restaurant to stuff ourselves some more.
On the road in the Okanagan,
Ruth Campbell

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