A long, wonderful day yesterday on the road from hotel to T.V. station to airport to airport again to airport again. The limo fetched me at ten and the driver had on a radio station and the song was by The Stones: “Satisfaction,” and I asked him if he had it playing each time he let someone in the car, and he didn’t get the joke, but he laughed anyway as he could see I was trying to be pleasant.
It was a fine car, a Lincoln, and the water bottle and mints were fresh.
I had to give “tips” during the three minute interview on WGN. I gave tips. The host was lots of fun. The station was huge, filled with studios, one of which was a place where “Bozo the Clown,” had one of many franchises. Bozo was sold as a franchise, and stations that bought the format, as WGN did, had their own actors, scripts, and so on.
Here’s a link to my interview: http://wgntv.com/2013/05/20/author-scott-haas-back-of-the-house-the-secret-life-of-a-restaurant.
I had thought that there would be food at the airport, but the place I had in mind was in a different terminal than the one I was exiting from so it was a matter of vodka and crackers, which is a good thing if you are hungry.
By the time we reached Atlanta, the hunger had become a preoccupation and Dreiser’s, “The Titan,” wasn’t enough of a distraction, but fortunately a BBQ place had a foothold there and pulled pork and onion rings and a double gin later, and things settled down quickly.
And today? MORELS arrived from a friend in Idaho who picked them on Sunday. A big box. So we’re talking morels, ramps, asparagus, risotto, and duck breast.
Another day, another mushroom.