On the Precipice, Between Anonymity and Fame

FROM WHERE I STAND, it’s a good time to breathe a sigh of relief, sit down, and swallow some humble pie. Because MARY MARY QUITE just won its first book award – The Beverly Hills International Book Award for Humor – and I’m having the strangest reaction. I am humbled. I prayed MMQ would win first place, and it did. Why did I want first place? Because I know oh-too-well how disappointing it is to be the finalist, but not the winner. Yep – been there, done that on other writing projects. And guess what? I can feel that finalist’s pain, the one who came in second today. Oh
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It Happens Every Friday

I BET IT HAPPENS EVERY FRIDAY in New York City, Chicago, Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Cairo, and all other major metropolitan areas around the world, just as it does every Friday in my home town of Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, I’d stake my pension on it. (Hey, I knew that pension would be good for something!) In L.A., we call it “The Friday Get-Away.” Translated, that means, “It’s rush hour all day, and nine out of ten drivers are homicidal maniacs – bent on seeing how many people they can mow down on their way out of town.” And for
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