Friday, November 8, 2013

The Daily Astoria, The Red Sox, and me



This is a quote from the publisher's column in yesterday's Daily Astorian.

It's entitled,  LET ME NOW EAT CROW

"Boy, did I get it wrong.  The Boston Red Sox destroyed my illusion  that the St. Louis Cardinals would always rebound.

On the Wednesday that I offered an unqualified prediction of a Cardinal championship, Muriel Jensen, a Massachusetts native, challenged me.  We settled on lunch at Urban Café as the stakes of our bet.

Jensen is Astoria's renowned (that may be overstating it just a little) author of romance novels.  She has more than 80 to her credit.

Following the Sox victory last Wednesday, she gloated in a delightful way.  (He was on vacation.  I left a message on his voice mail saying, "I know an ungracious winner shows very bad manners, but  NEINER, NEINER, NEINER!"  I did promise to buy dessert.)

Boston made relatively easy work of the Cardinals.  But there were excellent moment in the games.

So, if you see us at the Urban, that would be crow on my plate."

Of course, I've bought him a figure of a crow left over from Halloween and plan to present it in high style.  Our lunch is on the 13th.

Point of this story - it's always good to have a working relationship with your local newspaper.  Sometimes it really pays off!



14 comments:

  1. LOL! Your post got me giggling, Muriel :) The Astoria's publisher certainly has a sense of humor and clearer sees you for the treasure you are!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. He's been a great support throughout my career, so this has been a lot of fun. Happy Friday!

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  2. Best story ever. I love that you are bringing him a crow - hilarious! Your sense of humor is fantastic. :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Writing is a wonderful business, but if ever you had to maintain a sense of humor . . . Have a great weekend!

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  3. Such a fun post for a Friday! thanks for sharing.

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  4. Muriel, love it. I wonder if the results had been reversed if he would have crowed louder. But one never knows. It's great you have a good relationship with your newspaper. And 80 books--yowza! Kudos to you my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Roz. I was prepared to be a gracious loser, but thank goodness I didn't have to be.

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  5. Awesome:) 80 books-wonderful...now let's get some of those holiday ones turned into Hallmark Holiday originals:)

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    1. Yes, would you do that for me, Jen? But you can put your first effort into The Trouble with Mistletoe.

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    1. Hi, Liz. Winning a bet is so much more fun than losing one.

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  7. Muriel, I love your stories. You bring a lot of heart and humor no matter what story you are sharing. You have such a wonderful gift!

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    1. Syndi - what a nice thing to say! Please send that thought out to our readers. Happy Weekend.

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