Booked in New York

     Bubba got his computer issues resolved and would like to pick up his narrative where he left off.  He was helped by two friends, one from Paris and one from California, to mitigate a problem with a Parisian policeman who took issue with Bubba’s driving.  He was placed on a plane and sent to New York.

        I arrived in New York with my friends, my dignity, and my body parts intact.  After a very thorough pat down by Customs, we were free to see the city, or as much as we could cram in before our next flight.  We visited the building being erected on the site of the World Trade Center.

and we visited the Metropolitan Museum where I heard they had an exhibition on Poetry in Plastic.  I was wrong, It was something else altogether.  A great place but not a single plastic person to be found…

        Then we hit the best of the best.  This was Rick’s entire reason for visiting the city.  We went to The Mysterious Bookshop.  All crime in New York is petty without the crime fiction found within these walls.  The Mysterious Bookshop is run by crime fiction expert and publisher Otto Penzler and his indispensable staff. 

Rick was so moved that he proposed to Spider on the spot and Otto renewed their wedding vows.

I looked on as Best (little plastic) Man.  I picked out a few books to take home and stood on them for a better view.

And then… I SAW HER AGAIN!  I lost all interest in the wedding before me when I saw the lovely lady I first saw in the garden in Paris.  But there was a complication.

She was with someone else and he didn’t look as friendly as one would hope.  I wondered if their choice of books meant anything.  The Man in Black hustled her out of the door.  I tried to catch them.  I saw her board a plane and chased after them.   She was last seen on the airport monitor departing from runway 22R.

I will just have to keep traveling and keep looking.

Bubba’s Canadian Caper

Bubba took a trip to Vancouver and wanted to insert his thoughts at this point.  He will go back to talking about his European vacation later in the week.

            I was real excited when the mail came and there was an invitation to attend the wedding of two of my best friends, Ryan and Kari.  The wedding was being held in Canada and they mentioned something about a sporting event being held in the city at the same time.  I got excited and started practicing.

I knew if I could hold this pose for eight seconds, I could be a winner.  Unfortunately, I found out the wedding was NOT in Calgary, the event was NOT the Calgary Stampede, and the bull was NOT impressed.

You can see me up there, I’m still hanging on!!

            Instead the wedding was in Vancouver and the event was the fifth game in the battle for the Stanley Cup.  Hockey fans had taken over the city and my inanimate Canadian friends all sported blue jerseys.

I looked in every store but was unable to find a shirt in my XXXXXSM size.  I decided to steal the idea given to me by some of the fans walking around and I dyed my hair blue.

I was able to pick up a hockey stick my size and, with stick in hand, I was ready for the game.

            I didn’t have a ticket but the city set up huge screens outside Rogers Arena for the thousands of people filling the streets.  The crowd was in a great mood and they were partying in high style.  Someone offered me a beer from the local Whistler Brewing Company and I made a slight error by asking for a Sam Adams Boston Lager instead.  I’m not sure what was wrong with that but I had to leave, right away.

The next day brought a lovely wedding for my friends.  I went to the reception but I forgot to bring a present.  I picked the biggest one there and put a “From Bubba” Post-It note on the box.  I then pushed it back into the pile.

I signed the guest book.

Checked out the wedding cake.

I treated myself to a few glasses of wine.

There were paparazzi snapping pictures and I’m sure one of them will make all the tabloids soon.

I maybe had just a little too much wine and my friend Anthony offered to give me a lift home. 

But before I left, I did catch the bouquet!!

            Bubba would like to thank Heather and Bill for putting on a great wedding and reception, Anthony and Kim for helping him out, and Ryan and Kari for being Ryan and Kari.