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Last week I sat with a reporter for the Kingman Daily Miner and responded to questions about my passion for Route 66, the desert southwest, and the people that make these places special. Here is a link to the published interview.
Travel, and resultant arrangements, are a common occurrence in this family. This time it is for attendance of the International Route 66 Festival in Joplin this August.
Obviously attendance and the opportunity to meet with old friends (after all, these events are almost like a family reunion) would be most enjoyable. Added pressure is being applied by various groups in Kingman who feel the city needs representation and that I should serve as that representative.
The frustration with this is two fold. One, vacation time at the office is not easily acquired and my schedule, which includes the pending deadline for the new book and meeting with a tour group from Australia, during this period is very tight.
The second issue is in regard to finances. As we just returned from New Mexico, and as we have some unexpected expenses to resolve (see frustration below) this would really put a squeeze on the budget.
As often happens in my world lately, problems such as these seem to turn into potential opportunities that tantalize the imagination. When discussing this with a friend, in response to inquiries about possible attendance, I was asked if thought had been given to giving a Route 66 tour to Joplin for interested parties.
The radio program (Jim Hinckley’s America for Alamo 1230) continues to develop and that includes me being able to round off some of the rough edges as this is a new endeavor for me. Still, even with the program being available on podcast my thoughts are that the reach is rather restricted.
The frustration in this is that my vision for the project is to use it as a promotional tool for the people and places on Route 66, as well as the back roads of America. At this time the decision is to follow this string a bit further.
Well, it looks as though I am out of time this morning. Here is to another day of adventure. I hope your day is a memorable one.