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08:18 pm: Rainbow Over Washington

I went to the Mall today for the National Book Festival. It was great fun. Chatted with friends. Saw a number of prestigious writers including Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman always gets a lot more fans waiting for signatures than any other author who attends. Even though his finger was fractured, he signed books from 1:00 until they closed him down at 5:00. (Everyone else signed for two hours.) At 5:00, he got up and walked down the line of the remaining fans (who had sat in the heat and rain for four hours) signing their books. Pretty impressive guy.

The high point was a rainbow that appeared -- an entire half-circle arc -- with one end disappearing into the Capitol Building (or so it appeared.) This really amused me, as I kept thinking it was some kind of omen -- or that if we could only rush in and grab the crock of gold at the end, it would make a nice contribution to the banking crisis.  My phone could not pick it up...but several other people took pictures. If anyone posts a successful picture, I'll post a link.

I did get a picture, not a good one but still, of Mr. Gaiman as he went above and beyond the call of duty to sign those last fifty books or so:



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From:gillen
Date:September 28th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
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I saw Gaiman in 1993 at a signing in a tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop in Milwaukee. He did much the same there. He had arrived about 20 mins late and by way of apology stayed until close.

Nice to hear he's still doing it.
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From:jmward14
Date:September 28th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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Props for Mr. G. And fingers crossed that rainbow was a sign of better days. Hugs and smiles, Jean Marie
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From:juliet_winters
Date:September 28th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
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We, too, saw a rainbow this week at Cue Camp Jamestown. A terrific setting with lots of deaf kids and their families gathered together to celebrate a better way for communication.
This rainbow shot its way from the James River into the woods and ended at the parking lot, in the midst of the minivans.

That rain was perfect. Like Camelot, it rained through dinner and the slide show but stopped in time for dance. Some of the younger kids took advantage of the puddles to make angels in the rain.
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