September 12, 2005

A Fantastic Day (Except for the Trivia Git)

1) I met Dick Francis, and he is ABSOLUTELY charming and warm and interesting. In short, he is exactly everything you secretly hope Dick Francis will be. AND they showed one of my talks on QM2 TV, and DICK FRANCIS WATCHED IT and said KIND THINGS TO ME about it. I was very busy expressing my admiration and respect and when he started experssing admiration and respect BACK I got so discombobulated and flushed I had to clutch my cheeks and babble at him and then flee in a welter of confused delight. I was a fan before, and I am a bigger fan now. His books are EXCELLENT FUN, especially if you have any sort of horse interest at all, which, of course, I do. AND I GOT MY COPY OF DEAD CERT SIGNED!

2) We went to an art auction and GOT ART. See, they have these art auctions every day, and walking back and forth through the art display hallway, this one artist was SO appealing to us. A surrealist, a Belgian named Rene Van Den Neste. We had never heard of him. Every time we would go through the hall we would get caught and stand staring at his paintings, particularly this sort of headless machine-slash-fish woman sailing through a clean, spare landscape, and she had this smugly fatty-fat puff of phlegmatic CAT on her back. It's called Le Voyageur de L'espace. Here is a teeny little web pic of it:


They had three of his---they seemed so ODDLY influenced, like you could see bits of Klimt and Breugel (and the rest of that Flemish Master Posse, you know, Bosch et al) and also medieval wowed us, but it was sitting next to a signed limited edition study for a stained glass window by Chagall, so it never occurred to us we could afford it. It's a SIGNED gicle'e on canvas, limited edition, #76 of 195. But we decided to ask the reserve ANYWAY, and it was DO-ABLE, assuming it went for the reserve and no one else got sassy with the paddles. SO we went to the auction, and all breathless with our own bravery, we BID on our favorite, and then we looked fiercely around brandishing VERY full champagne glasses in a threatening manner, and we so successfully intimidated our fellow passengers with the sloshing force of our cockails that we WON! We won ART! We won art we LOVE.

PS The reserve on the Chagall was 32,000. After our WILD SUCCESS at ART BUYING, I had to ask. Allow me to say, YIKES. In fact I think i DID say yikes to the auctioneer.

3) THEN WE GOT MORE ART. Between auction lots, they had ART TRIVIA, and every time you answered a question correctly, you got a little raffle ticket. Well, we ended up with three tickets, mostly because Scott is smart and I am loud, and then they did drawings for prints -- not signed or anything, just nice prints. There was one we were quite taken with -- a very colorful and folk artsy Noah's Ark, AND WE WON IT!

4) Lunch was perfect Osso Bucco. That wins my supreme prize for GOOD LUNCHNESS.

5) At the bookstore, they told me they have almost sold out of gods in Alabama! The few copies up on the display shelf are all the copies they have left!!!!

6) It has been such a lucky day that I am going to play TEAM TRIVIA with 4 of our VERY charming dinner companions. I fully expect our multinational team to TRIUMPH! Which will win us all, I am SURE, both the admiration of nations and a QM2 bookmark.

6) Tomorrow is our last day. I am HAPPY about that because I am beginning to feel starved for the smell of my children....but wow. What a wonderful trip.
Thank you, Cunard.
Thank you, New Yorker.
Thank you, Spectacular Blonde Heaven-Bound Human at Warner Books.
Thank you, Mom and Dad for watching over my little ones so Scott and I could have this amazing set of memories...


We LOST! I broke our streak by ordering a BAD COCKTAIL! OMG do NOT order a Stinger. Ever. It is exactly like drinking Crest Toothpaste. THEN The Trivia Git misread the tie-breaker question, and so we got it wrong. After, we tried to explain to him that he had misread the question and he was a git, but he was not open to either suggestion. He feels he is NOT a git, and that OF and FOR are the same word. (PS> GIT is by the way, APPROPRIATED SLANG) He was an American Git, however, We hates him my preshus, and his little stinger too! We wish upon him all manner of elbow rashes and ingrown nose hairs. GAH! SO CLOSE to the adoration of nations was I. ALAS! ALAS! I must run order a GOOD cocktail to rid ourselves of the BAD GIT ILLITERATE HOODOO he has placed upon our perfect day....I feel a Flirtni will JUST about fix it!

Posted by joshilyn at September 12, 2005 3:17 PM

Does the cat only have one eye?? THAT would be too perfect.

Posted by: Mir at September 12, 2005 4:42 PM

It sounds like a lovely trip -- and of course gods is selling out! Why wouldn't it?

Posted by: Aimee at September 12, 2005 5:11 PM

I am dead jealous of your meeting Dick Francis - I've been reading his novels for 21 years. I haven't seen a new one since 2000/2001 and I thought he retired/expired. I don't suppose you asked if he was considering a new one??? I miss his work.

Posted by: Bob at September 12, 2005 5:21 PM

De-Lurking to say, Joshilyn, that I am your newest biggest fan. :) What fun I've had living vicariously through your vacation/promo trip thingy here! And my Book Club (in metro Atl, no less) is most definitely reading gods next!!

Posted by: MySelf at September 13, 2005 7:24 AM

Now you're livin' girlfriend. Too fun, now I wanna cruise more than just the boulevard (Oh right, I've not done that since the 70s, grow up Cele.)

It seems you've taken cruising to wonderful heights in very pretty shoes - we've enjoyed the moments and pix because of your generousity, and propensity for wonderful, colourful, wambling words. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU.

Posted by: Cele at September 13, 2005 12:32 PM

Cool art, Joshilyn. And Osso Bucco. Off to daydream now.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at September 13, 2005 3:09 PM

::::::JEALOUSY REARING, SNORTING, PAWING THE AIR:::: But since I can't be there too I am exceedingly glad you are so HAPPY. And PRETTY.

Darn it anyway,

Posted by: Jilly at September 13, 2005 4:19 PM