There was an insane flood of good wishes on Facebook and Twitter all the day long, as well as a ton of emails from friends, family and fans. Thank you so much to everybody. The sheer volume means I can't respond personally to most of it. But you know what? That's kind of cool in its way, too.
Beyond that, I had a pretty normal workday. This was punctuated by lunch with the always effervescent
As Pam Bainbridge-Cowan said on my Facebook comment thread for this photo, "Hell, I never realized just how long Ken's tongue is!"
After work, @PDXjerseygirl dropped by with a lovely bunch of flowers she'd scored at the Portland Farmer's Market. It was terrific to see her. Then I hit dinner with my family at the Chart House, whereupon I had a delightful lava cake as my postprandial sugar-carb chaser.
Then my loving family produced my present.
Yes, that is a genuine Jay Lake bobblehead. Apparently procuring this was a serious comedy of errors. Credit for the idea and managing the execution goes to my brother, Michael Lake. Allegedly more of these can be ordered from the manufacturer, so once I get the details from my brother I'll post them here in case any of you are feeling especially spendthrift.
After dinner, I took
That was a delightful later evening with visiting friend Lisa Costello. We had a very nice time hanging out together. I wasn't paying attention to the weather when I parked my car, so when I came back out to drive home, I discovered it had rained pretty heavily, and was in fact still raining. There didn't seem to be much point in putting the top up then, so I drove home with the top down in the rain.
On arriving home, I discovered another lovely bouquet of birthday flowers courtesy of Mother of the Child.
Today workie bits, and
Writing? What writing?
Photos © 2012 Ken Scholes and Mary Elizabeth Lake, reproduced with permission.
Bobblehead photo © 2012 Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
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