The Second Festival
Gold Rush Days is a nice event and Nancy did a lot of promoting on facebook. It had a good crowd. It’s very spread out, almost like a little town; it’s hard to really tell how many folks are there at any given time. They air the quilts, have demonstrations, provide free lunches, and have a street skirmish. It’s all very well organized and totally enjoyable. The best part of being out and about selling my books is the people I meet........
I met a guy there who had two dogs on leashes. He kept releasing them to run for a swim in the pond, then they’d run back and get leashed. One is a large black Bouvier, the other a cattle dog/ blue heeler. I’m petting the big Bouvier and ask what his name is. The guy says, “Jack.” I ask what the little dog’s name is. He says, “Jack.”
“You have two dogs named Jack?".
“Yup. Big Jack and Blue Jack. There’s a story behind that, don’t you want to hear it?”
“Sure,” I say. “I’m a sucker for dog stories.”
“There’s this girl. Walked by my house every day. She wasn’t my girlfriend, I was just putting on some moves, you know what I mean, trying to get her attention. I talked to her, blah-blah-blah, but she ignored me. I walked along with her chatting away, blah-blah-blah; she didn’t say a thing. This went on for a few days. She just ignored me. Then I was walking along with her talking like ‘blah- blah- blah- and- me- and- my- dog- Jack’… She goes, ‘woa you have a dog named Jack?’ I thought, well that worked pretty well, so I went out and got me another dog and named him Jack. Now she’s my girlfriend.” Meeting these real-live characters is the best part of selling books.