Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it. Running is the outlet which helps you cope with that 10%. Here is where I will share my own experiences as I grow as a runner and as a person, as both are not mutually exclusive. I would love to hear from as many other runners and lovers of life as possible.
Birthday Sandwich. 375? You don’t look a day over 370.I had the chance to be a part of Sandwich
Heritage Day this past Saturday, June 14th.It was a lot of fun.Held at Sandwich High School there was a lot
to see and do if you attended.
privileged to be stationed at the author table put up by Vicki Titcomb and
Titcomb’s Books.I came in as part of
the second wave of authors at 2:30.Ironically the author’s seat I took over when I arrived was that of Jim
Coogan, my high school history teacher and author himself.He helped build my love of history back then
and I was finally able to tell him so.One of the other authors I signed with, Shirley
Pieters Vogel, author of Faith,
Favorites, Fun, and Fotos of Cape Cod, was extremely nice and I really
enjoyed speaking with her.
I am still
learning how to schmooze and speak to total strangers but with each signing I
get better.I try not to pressure people
into buying, figuring if they thumb through my book the photos and words will
sell it for me.The highlights of my
signing time were first off signing for a military family who had recently
moved to the area after being in Germany for a few years.The second highlight was my sister Ashley
surprising me with her copy of my book.She makes it a point to try to come to as many of my events as possible
so that I can sign the book in a different spot.She stayed for the rest of the event to give
me some family support which is always good.
to having a chance to sign books for the people who gave my work a chance there
were several other events going on that afternoon.There was a Cape Cod Baseball League game
getting ready to start at 4 between the Falmouth Commodores and Bourne Braves.There was also face painting, Wally the Green Monster, and games emceed
by Dan & Stephanie from WCOD.
However, the cupcake contest was what nearly everyone was waiting for.There was a table underneath one of the two
tents lined with different cupcakes made by amateurs and professionals alike.
They all were unique and looked delicious but there were only a chosen few who
could be the ‘judge’ of which was best.
My sister Ashley and I
celebrity guest judges for the cupcake contest included Maury Povich and Connie
Chung among others.They arrived in an old
green school bus and immediately began meeting and greeting.I am not going to lie I held a copy of my
book In My Footsteps: A Cape Cod Travel
Guide in my right hand and waited for the celebrity couple to head for the
tents.I shook their hands and mentioned
that I was going to be Connie was interested in the book although Maury
claimed he ‘forgot his wallet at home.’She said they’d check me out after the cupcake contest was over.
signing my book over underneath the second tent.
to risk it I signed my book for them figuring I’d give it to them if they didn’t
want to pay.After the contest I made my
way over with the book and overheard Connie tell Maury that she needed to come
and ‘get the book.’I ran back and they
bought my book and I was able to get a photo with them and the book.It was a great moment.
the attention shifted away from the tents This
ended our time at Sandwich Heritage Day.My sister and I helped Vicki load her car back up before watching a few
minutes of the baseball game.Each and
every event I am a part of is special; it is not everyone who gets to do
something they love.I truly enjoyed
Sandwich Heritage Day, working with Titcomb’s, and meeting Maury Povich and
Connie Chung.I will not soon forget it.
Standing with Maury Povich, Connie Chung, and my book.
and toward Fenton Field where the
Cape League game was beginning.