Wednesday, September 14th 2011 - Book 115 - I'd returned from my short flurt with civilization to discover that Pip the Evergreen Jungle Cat had gone missing. "I only missed a total of 4 feeding times. I've missed more than that before. My guess is that a cougar, fattening for winter, got him." The guilt was overwhelming, so I spent most of my minting, making of The Living City, scene remembering why I abandoned him to begin with. The story of how Emily and I almost got locked-out of Oxbow Park at curfew, after an epic effort to take Grandma and Co. out to Chinese food, almost makes this book worth buying on its own. It also has a cover made from a rubber rafting box we found at Oxbow, and a signature shot (see below) of me, wearing what Emily called "my clown pants," banking on the Sandy River. By that time, I'd lost a lot of weight with all the bookmaking and crystal mining I'd done. The pants Bob gave me as a gift were the only pants I owed that fit properly.
PROP COSTS: $10.75 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 3hrs 21min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $35.03
This book was sold at the NW Book Festival 2015. The young lady who bought it had a man friend/lover with her who could have been her husband, not sure. I didn't have the chance to talk with them much, but I'm amazed that I sold this book when I did. A few days before the Festival, Sebastian (Emily's cat) vanished from our home in Gresham without a trace. It's a similar story, except this present one doesn't have a happy surprise ending like this one with Pip. In any case, I hope this couple enjoy the story wherever they are. I wish I had more time to get to know them!