Although I don't blog about it often, I think I would qualify as a bonafide foodie. I love to cook, and raised three children who also love to cook. Food TV didn't exist when I was growing up, but Shannon got addicted to it early on and turned me on to it. One of the first Food TV personalities I watched was Alton Brown on Good Eats. So when Sean told me that we were going to a book signing he was doing in nearby Branden, I did not argue!
Ignore my fisted hand, I have not a clue what I was doing or thinking!
Unaware that the bookstore had been handing out numbered tickets for the event starting the evening before, we showed up at Books a Million at 5:30, and hour and a half before the signing started- and were handed number 287. Oh joy!! When Marly realized how many people were in line, and how long we would be there, her only comment was "Too many foodies in one place!!"
Staff arranged us in lines snaking around the store. I had plenty of time to read several quilting magazines, and find a copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" for Michelle. We talked to the people around us in line, and the three of us took turns staying in line while another walked Michelle around. A two year old has limited patience for slowly moving lines!
At nine pm, the store closed the doors to the mall. We were able to see Alton by this point. A few minutes later, he strode away from his table and into the crowd, saying, "Where are the little kids?" Next thing we knew, staff we going down the line, telling anyone with small children to move to the front of the line. We didn't argue!!
I asked him to sign a book for a Christmas present, Sean made a special request for his. Although it was brief, I can say that Alton Brown is pretty much the same in person as he is on TV- real, and funny! It was a fun way to spend my last night in Florida, and to leave with a one-of-a-kind Christmas present.