It only took a few hours to drive from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and some pretty cool radio stations kept me movin' on my way to Punta Gorda. I did have to make one quick stop in Arcadia since I was born in Arcadia, California...way on the other side of the continent.
When I arrived at my hotel, there was a basket waiting for me, full of goodies to keep me from starving or dehydrating during my next two days at local high schools. It included a laminated invitation which was sent to several students at Friday's school. The swirly text begins: Charlotte High School requests the honor of your presence at the speaking engagement of Jay Asher, New York Times Bestselling Author of "Thirteen Reasons Why".
Talk about pressure!
Then I met several of the staff who helped arrange my visit to Charlotte and Port Charlotte High Schools at River City Grill for dinner. In a word: Totallyyummystuffedchicken!
Okay, time to go to bed. Tomorrow will be my first full day at high school since...1993!!!