Saturday, March 10, 2012

Doritos, Tacos, and Donuts, Oh My!

When I arrived at my hotel in Naperville, Illinois, I didn't rest up for my next day's school visit. I looked up the nearest Taco Bell. I needed to try, on the day of its release, the new Doritos Locos Tacos. Yes, a taco with a Doritos shell!

Though it was freezing out (read: freeeeeeezing!), I found an address only 1.5 miles away and decided to walk there. But when I arrived...

Gold? Gold? I wanted to have my fingers orange-dusted! I didn't bring any gold!!!

Thankfully, local writing friends Cherie Colyer and Katie Sparks took pity on me and drove me (in a heated car!) to get my crunchy goodness.

The next day, I spoke at Naperville Central High School. But before I gave my presentation, I chatted with these students while chomping on donuts.

Here's my view from the stage where I gave my presentation.

I began that presentation with the two photos from the beginning of this post. I didn't want anyone else walking miles in the cold to get their delicious tacos. (What can I say? I care about teens!)

Thank you, Stacey (YA librarian!), for these shots from the audience.

One guy left his copy of Thirteen Reasons Why at home, so I signed his copy of Romeo & Juliet.

I remember when I read that book in high school. A love story that ends in suicide? Why would anyone write a book like that???


Chelsea Fine said...

Hahaha! What a trip! Cash For Gold? Let down! I'm happy you had friends nearby to save your taco dream.

Sabrina Steyling said...

I've got to admit, Jay, that taco looks SO good that I'm gonna have to try it now!

Love the slide in your presentation with Grover - I had that book as a kid! They still sell it, too. "The Monster at the End of This Book" is a classic :)

Jay Asher said...

I use that brilliant book to talk about writing a suspense novel. It's the most suspenseful book ever!

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms said...

Jay, this cracked me up! Glad to have found your blog from @waytoomuchaubrey. Look forward to reading more, Erin