National Book Festival this past Saturday and see his favorite author Tom Angleberger speak. You know, those Origami Yoda books. Well, that is a request you never would have heard me ask for as a kid.... no party, just books. Not so much.
In my usual attempt to try to schedule a few too many things at the same time, I thought we could make a big adventure out of it. A wild goose chase is what really happened.
|Waiting for the Metro.|
And yes Azalea did spray her hair pink to match the pink ballroom gown she decided to wear, along with blue high heels.
Not the glamour as I was hoping. Usually the metro is fairly empty on the weekend.... except when there is major repairs going on the line, not as many trains are running, there is a Nationals' baseball game, and a National Book Fair down on the mall in front of the Smithsonian. All that means, too many folks in my space.
|This is actually a shot from the ride home. I wasn't capable of taking a pic on the way there.|
|Tigo started reading while waiting in line.|
|Olympic gymnast Dominic Moceanu talking about her new books.|
|Marc Brown free draws for a rowdy crowd of elementary aged kids.|
|Waiting.... waiting.... interested, but not who we are looking for...|
|Tigo's in the red on the left, Jeff Kinney on stage.|
So apparently we missed him, he was already signing books on the other end of the festival. When Tigo realized that Tom Angleberger wasn't going to show up again. He was devastated. So I needed to vent. But I couldn't tell the kids how mad I was, but I didn't want to sound like a crazy on Facebook, so I tweeted. Yes, I went to twitter, and to my 2 followers. But hashtags fail me not. Social media pulled through and I saw an #origamiyoda tag that Tom Angleberger was speaking and signing books at Just One More Page Books in Arlington, in just one more little hour at. Heck yeah! We can do this thing.
While the National Book Festival was lively, being here in close quarters was absolutely awesome.
Luckily we had all our books with us for him to sign and we bought the others outside the series and had him sign those. Then Tigo presented him with about 5 of his own little origami creations that he got Tom to sign.
Then the line went through, and people left and Tigo hung around like a groupie and went back to talk with him and ask him more questions about the meaning of life. And Tigo showed him his own designs, trying to run his ideas with Tom to see if they were a good idea.
|Here Tom is looking at a "house" that Tigo created for his origami wookie. You can tell by Tom's smile how thoroughly impressed he was.|
Tom was super nice and fun with the kids. The only thing I need after all that was said and done was some good fish tacos and a margarita from Clare and Don's up the street.
I kind of like it when authors are like rock stars and you chase them around the city to meet them. It's cool when they are cool too.
Read on kids!