Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Headed to New Orleans for Allyson's 20th high school reunion this weekend...

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Here I am discussing the book on "Between the Lines," a program produced by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. This was recorded at the library on May 19, 2009.

Friday, June 19, 2009

From the Inbox:
From: Mr. Lo Chin Jack
Legal Representative/Owner,
Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co.,Ltd,
Address: Haitian Industrial Park ,
Jiangnan Development Zone,
Quanzhou , Fujian , China .

Dear

Request for Legal Assistance

This is an official request for legal representation on behalf of Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co.Ltd. We are a textile company with principal business in garment manufacturing and trading.

We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers and we request for your services accordingly. We got your contact information from the Online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for a reliable firm or individual to provide legal services as requested.

After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that you are capable and qualified to provide the legal services as requested.

On behalf of Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co.Ltd, Please accept my sincerest appreciation in advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.

Thank you.

Mr. Lo Chin Jack
Legal Representative/Owner,
Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co.Ltd.

My response:

Dear Mr. Jack (or is it Mr. Lo?),

You were wise to carefully review my qualifications and experience. You can never be too careful these days! Crazy Internet!

I am honored and pleased to accept your offer to represent Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co. Ltd. in all legal matters. In fact, I have already filed the paperwork necessary to transfer control of the company to me. Accordingly, I regret to inform you, Mr. Jack/Lo, that you are no longer the Legal Representative/Owner of Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co. Ltd.

I shall immediately begin to exert pressure on your – sorry, my – delinquent customers. I am sure this will result in Quanzhou Haitian Textile Co. Ltd. being swiftly capacitated.

Thank you for your loyal service to the company. You must vacate the premises immediately. You may, however, keep your e-mail account.

Yours, etc.

Mr. Algeo
Fifty-six years ago today, on June 19, 1953 (also a Friday, incidentally), Harry and Bess Truman set off on their excellent adventure.

Oh, and my brother Jim was born. Happy birthday, Jim!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Well, the good review in last Sunday’s Washington Post has given HTEA a nice boost. On Monday it ranked as high as No. 108 on Amazon.com. Today it’s still hovering right around 250.

Yesterday the Post held an on-line discussion about summer books, during which HTEA was mentioned favorably:

Brookland, D.C.: Seems like there's a lot of depressing news out there revolving around newspapers and publishing. Book sales are down; book coverage is getting slashed; newspapers are disappearing altogether; etc. In such trying times (to maybe overstate the situation?) which current writers consistently put a smile on your face?

[Book World editor] Rachel Hartigan Shea: Good writers, actually. And I don't think they're going away. People always want stories in whatever form they take.

But the book that most delighted me recently is "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure," which we reviewed last Sunday. I love the idea that 1) Truman thought he could go on a road trip like a normal person, and 2) that Matthew Algeo became so obsessed with the trip that he tracked down just about every detail of it...

The book has also received several nice mentions on various blogs in recent days. Thank you, bloggers!

Friday, June 12, 2009

The book was positively reviewed in The Washington Post - by Christopher Buckley, no less! Click here to read it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Made it back to Rome yesterday after a relatively uneventful flight (though one of my fellow passengers apparently gave me a nasty cold). I'd been gone for 57 days - too long to be away from home. Fortunately the cats seem to remember me. (The wife does, too.)

An interview that I recorded for The Bob Edwards Show is running today (Thursday, June 11) on XM Channel 133 and Sirius Channel 196 (click here for times).

The Washington Post will review the book this weekend. Please keep all fingers and toes crossed for me. Also, my C-SPAN presentation will air again this weekend. Click here for times.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Only one more event left on this leg of the book tour. At 2 PM tomorrow (Saturday, June 6) I will be signing books at Kuhns Corner Books in my hometown of Perkasie (that’s PERK-uh-see, not per-KAY-see), Pennsylvania. The bookstore is located at 500 West Walnut Street (the corner of Fifth and Walnut). If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Some numbers from my book tour, May 3—29, 2009:

16
Number of events held.

6
Number of states in which events were held.

4,533
Miles traveled.

595.80
Dollars spent on gas.

19
Average miles per gallon (highway).

10
Number of meals eaten at McDonalds (in my defense, they have very reliable WiFi).

168
Highest attendance at an event (Kansas City Public Library, May 6).

3
Lowest attendance at an event (undisclosed location).

6
Number of times “American Pie” was heard on the radio (in whole or in part).

50
Approximate number of dead deer seen on the roadside (in whole or in part).

1
Number of dead foxes seen on the roadside.

17
Rank of Steve Miller Band’s “Take the Money and Run” on The River 106.3 FM’s Top 500 Memorial Day countdown in Wheeling, West Virginia. An outrage. Shouldn’t even be in the top 100.

$5.00 (50% of total bill)
Size of tip given sassy waitress Hannah at IHOP #3056 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

2
Number of professional baseball games attended (Kansas City Royals, Columbus Clippers).

0
Number of breakdowns (mechanical).

1
Number of times I was introduced as “Matthew Allego.”

300
Approximate number of books signed.