And now I know, I was.
Michael, he of the excellent blog, Lazy Thoughts From a Boomer, went above and beyond the call of e-friendship. UPS delivered into my hands today a signed copy of Lullaby Town by Robert Crais. Now it would have been a nice enough gesture on Michael's part to - unasked, mind you - buy the book and get it signed and send it to me. But he had to send it twice. The USPS being what it is, the package went back to him and he re-sent it via UPS. So the cost of the book, standing in line for a signature - yes, he did get his own book signed, too, but that's hardly the point, is it? He didn't have to do any of this. Then there was preparing the package and paying postage twice. Who is this nice to distant strangers?
But wait a sec, that isn't all. You see, the book isn't simply signed, 'Robert Crais,' or 'Best wishes, Robert Crais.' The title page reads, 'Corey, hope you enjoy. Don't drown. Robert Crais.'
'Don't drown,' a reference to my blog title, which he can only have known because Michael told him. Took the trouble to tell him. My name, the name of my blog, was at the LA Times Book Festival. In a way, that means I was there. Too cool!
I've long thought Robert Crais is one of the coolest guys on the planet. Michael, I believe you have just edged him out in the cool department. There are good guys, and then there's Michael.
Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses in a toast. I give you The