Saturday, April 22nd 2012 - I was about to start a book production scene at home when my friend Chris Lange called and invited Emily and I over for ribs and beers at his house. I've known Chris for over twenty years. Without his help, long ago, I might known even less about girls than I do now. Throughout our many adventures together Chris has remained a supportive, generous, thought-provoking friend. He's been there many times for me, even when I didn't deserve it. For example, when I thru-hiked the PCT in 2006 he showed up, out in the middle of somewhere around Mt. Adams, with resupplies and enough food and beer for an army. He's definitely one of my supporting cast members. I just haven't come up with a clever name for him yet.
On this occasion, I was looking forward to enjoying some sun and spending some time with his wife Lindsay and his son River. Also on hand was Lance Romance, Joe (one of Chris's buddies I've hung out with a few times), Chuck (Chris's co-worker who generously supplied the ribs), Sphere (Chris's gentle, giant of a domesticate) and Woody, an old friend I used to play baseball with in high school. Here's Joe, making the most of the sun -
"I've worked hard for this belly!"
Chris and River helped me find a piece of trash to use for your book cover. After an adventure through the house, we settled on the Corona beer box in his basement.
I had fun making your book, drinking beer, and bullshitting with my friends up until the time I started "minting my currency."
It was getting dark, Chuck's ribs were coming off the grill, and the party kept moving from the deck, to the backyard, and inside; and I was having a hard time juggling stamps and printing the proof-of-work photos while I tried to enjoy the party. The good thing about being Bookmaker Jake is that I have the freedom to set my own quitting time, which I did...after one last, signature shot with everyone in Party at Lange's.
PROP COSTS: $11.50 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 3hrs 3min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $33.61