Tuesday, December 02, 2008

December 2, 2008
Travelled most of the day. Left the house at 5:45 A.M. and got to the airport at seven and to my gate at 7:15. Flight to Atlanta was full, left at 8:30. Fortunately, the Delta crew were quite gracious and we had multiple snacks and drinks. Got to Atlanta Airport at 1:36, Georgia time. Deena warned me the airport is one of the worst in the United States and she was right. Conflicting signs, hallways to nowhere. If it wasn't for cell phones I would have never found Jim Dunham, who was picking me up. After four calls and several directions ("Go to the T-Terminal, come up the escalator, got to the Delta section and I'm standing at the baggage claim."). Got really frustrated and angry, but, then thought of the headline in the Sonoran News: "Local cartoonist collapses in Atlanta Airport." And that calmed me down.

Jim drove me to the O.K. Cafe and we had a nice lunch, then on to Cartersville, Georgia where the Booth Western Art Museum is located. Beautiful facility tucked in the hills of Georgia. I have never been to this Georgia and it's quite nice. The art in the museum is fantastic. A huge Maynard Dixon of Kit Carson that takes up one wall and a small James Reynold's cowboy were my favorites. I speak tomorrow in the main auditorium at 12:15.

Jim's wife Susanne worked with Mary Kay Hokanson at Valley Bank and she wondered if I knew where she is today (we dated for fifteen minutes in 1964). I told her husband we would find her. Someone told me she is living in Flag.

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