On the Road Again…

3 Oct

So here we are in Miami Beach at a small hotel on Collins Ave. It’s an interesting place. The room is small and no-frills (to put it mildly) with a fridge that made Evie squeal and slam the door shut. It’s certainly not the nicest place we’ve stayed in, but it’s a five minute walk to the beach, and that’s definitely worth something!

To recap our trip so far, we left last Thursday for San Jose. The Embassy Suites in Milpitas, actually, for Folsom Fringe. That’s a great event, by the way, run by wonderful, wonderful people. They do a great job. We got to facilitate two discussions on polyamory and we had a lot of fun.

That event lasted two days, then we headed up to San Francisco for Folsom Street Fair. This is one of my favorite events of the year. The people watching is incredible. Naked people, furries, drunk people, strange people—everything you can imagine and then some. We did some nice sales there and got to see some of our favorite people. The sad thing about Folsom is that it’s so expensive ($160) to get there by cab from Milpitas and the hotels around Folsom are—shall we say—less than luxurious. Normally we stay at America’s Best Value right off Folsom, which is nice enough but small. Unfortunately we didn’t get a reservation there this year so we stayed at another one, which to be polite I will only say enhanced our appreciation of America’s Best Value. Needless to say I’ll be calling ABV in a week or two to reserve next year’s event!

Then we flew to Fort Lauderdale yesterday and stayed at a Doubletree (always good hotels) by the airport. It was strange to me that we woke up on one coast and went to sleep on the other. The hotel was gorgeous (the bathroom was probably bigger than our whole room in Sam Francisco). Unfortunately that hotel was too far away from the Miami Beach Conference Center so we moved down here to stay while we’re doing the Miami show.

The Miami show is Jewelers International Showcase, a HUGE wholesale show for buyers from the Caribbean, Central and South America, and 44 states. We’re hoping to get enough orders to pay our bills for the winter and allow us to stay home and write more books. If it’s a bust we’re most likely going to have to get jobs and cut down on our travel schedule. So crossed fingers for a successful weekend!

I’ll try to post pics on Facebook of our time in Florida. The beach is beautiful, of course, and I always feel good when I’m near the ocean. It gives me a feeling of being centered and home. I don’t even particularly mind the humidity, although my hair is getting bigger by the minute. But I guess I can live with that. As long as the next hotel has a hot tub!

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