First, what’s so horrible about using roadfood "as a resource"? I’m proud to say I’ve used the Sterns’ books as a resource since the ’70s. While I do use the internet, including roadfood.com, when planning a trip, I love a book (esp. Road Food)–I love the weight of it in my hands, I like to dog ear or flag certain pages, and make notes in the margins. I guess I’m just an old fashioned gal. Plus I like the spoken word–for years my friend Marla and I have developed a vast network of friends who share trip tips. I’m no less a devotee just because I don’t blog regulary. For one thing, my career keeps me way too busy–I can’t afford the time.
Second, I was at the Threadgill’s dinner because I love the Sterns. I love every word they have ever written. I’ve made many a trip with Road Food and Amazing America. But beyond the food, I just love their writng style and their dedication to all things Americana.
Friday was a dream come true for me–one of my life goals has been to meet the Sterns, have a conversation, and get one of my books signed.
Third, it was really nice to be among people who can so unabashedly talk food. The three of us in my group shared a table with a couple we really enjoyed–we had a great time sharing road food stories.
Anyway, if you look at picture 10, the people in the round booth are (L to R)Jim Baker(Austin), Marla Akin(Austin), me(JoAnn McMinn/Rosenberg, TX), and our tablemates, Lisa and Mark( I hope I got that right), also from Austin.
Unfortunately, tickets sold out quickly, or you would have seen us Sat. as well.