I called the trucking company to verify delivery of the books today. If there was going to be a problem, I wanted to just drive to Fresno and get as many as possible for the book signing tomorrow.
BOOK SIGNING – Tuesday, December 16, 12:30-5:30, Exeter Courthouse Gallery of the Arts, 125 So. B Street, Exeter
Becca from the Three Rivers Mercantile called me to say “THEY ARE HERE!”. I left the house within 30 seconds.
Tammie took me around back, and then we opened a box to verify that it is my book in the boxes and my boxes on the pallets. (Yes, I was worried about that.)
5 pallets of books, 1529 books, 11 per box, 31 lbs. per box, 4472 lbs. in all.
The trusty Bot-Mobile and trailer that we co-own with a friend in Fresno. (Hunh? How do you share a trailer when you live 80 miles apart?)
The Mercantile’s forklift placed two pallets in the trailer. They fit just right. They remain in the trailer in our garage, out of the rain.
I followed with a full load in the bed of the “new” truck (2003 – woo-hoo, a vehicle from this century!!)
Careful on those curves. Michael said to follow him, and I said, “Why? So when books go flying I can run over them with the ‘new’ truck?” (I’ve always wondered about following a load – is it wise? Lots of unanswered questions in my life.)
Phew. Made it home. Parked the Bot-Mobile and trailer, unloaded the “new” truck, went back to fill it up with the 5th and final pallet.
Then we began hefting boxes around, finding places to store them. After 3 pallets worth were unloaded, our friends Jeannie and Gary came over to help apply stickers to enough books to take to the book signing tomorrow.
The Cabins of Wilsonia is a real book, not just a subject of a blog, not just an idea or a dream. It is HERE!!