Napa, Napa… Made me Nap. A.

Whoa, boy… did I have a fun time today…

Keep in mind that this blog is “About the Authors”… so we do talk about our daily lives. During our Encouragement Across America tour, we’re absolutely planning on documenting our travels— during school days and also during days off.

I do apologize in advance for those offended. But today, we went on a mini-tour of wine country in California.

A few sips of wine later, I have to thank our friend Margaret Shirley. She used to be a concierge at one of the wineries in this beautiful area, and today she pointed us in every right direction. We’re supposed to meet up with Margaret and her family later this week in her new home of Paso Robles, California. So I hope we can talk her into appearing in a video. Stay tuned.

For now… here is today’s video update:

Happy Sunday, everyone… this is going to be a fun and very different week with the video updates, because we finally have a few days off. But we will still keep you in the loop.

Nick

 

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Encouragement Across America Tour

Why didn’t I put this one on my bucket list? Well, at least it will be done.

As we’ve been visiting classrooms here in the Great Lakes area, I’ve had this aching desire to hit the road and see how things are in other parts of the country. How are the schools? Are the kids different? Will they embrace Pete the Popcorn like folks around here have?

I’m finally going to have the opportunity to answer these questions. From September 4th through November 7th, we will be criss-crossing the country, visiting schools, churches, parent/teacher organizations and other civic groups. Joe and I will be reading our bestselling Children’s Book, Pete the Popcorn. Furthermore, we will be starting a conversation about encouragement— and how children need to encourage each other, to eliminate bullying in our schools.

Later this week, I’ll tell you a bit more of what I personally hope to accomplish with this project. I’m very excited for all the possibilities. But for now, here are the tour dates for our Encouragement Across America Tour:

Tuesday, 9/4 – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Wednesday, 9/5 – Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 9/6 – Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 9/7 – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Monday, 9/10 – Madison, Wisconsin
Tuesday, 9/11 – Rochester, Minnesota
Wednesday, 9/12 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, 9/13 – Fargo, North Dakota
Friday, 9/14 – Bismarck, North Dakota
Monday, 9/17 – Spokane, Washington
Tuesday, 9/18 – Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, 9/19 – Portland, Oregon
Thursday, 9/20 – Eugene, Oregon
Friday, 9/21 – Medford, Oregon
Monday, 9/24 – San Francisco, California
Tuesday, 9/25 – Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, 9/26 – Los Angeles, California
Thursday, 9/27 – Los Angeles, California
Friday, 9/28 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Monday, 10/1 – Denver, Colorado
Tuesday, 10/2 – Denver, Colorado
Wednesday, 10/3 – Traveling
Thursday, 10/4 – Omaha, Nebraska
Friday, 10/5 – Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, 10/8 – Detroit, Michigan
Tuesday, 10/9 – Toledo, Ohio
Wednesday, 10/10 – Cleveland, Ohio
Thursday, 10/11 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Friday, 10/12 – Washington, D.C.
Monday, 10/15 – Richmond, Virginia
Tuesday, 10/16 – Norfolk, Virginia
Wednesday, 10/17 – Traveling
Thursday, 10/18 – Raleigh, North Carolina
Friday, 10/19 – Greensboro, North Carolina
Monday, 10/22 – Charleston, South Carolina
Tuesday, 10/23 – Savannah, Georgia
Wednesday, 10/24 – Jacksonville, Florida
Thursday, 10/25 – Orlando, Florida
Friday, 10/26 – Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida
Monday, 10/29 – Naples/Bonita Springs, Florida
Tuesday, 10/30 – Tampa, Florida
Wednesday, 10/31 – Traveling
Thursday, 11/1 – Panama City, Florida
Friday, 11/2 – Mobile, Alabama
Monday, 11/5 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tuesday, 11/6 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Wednesday, 11/7 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Now, here is where I need your help. We have contacts in all of these cities that are helping us book schools and other groups to read to. But if you are located in any of these cities (or within a reasonable driving distance), we would love the opportunity to visit your school or group. Our presentation is free. And it’s guaranteed to be fun and educational.

Please spread the word if you have friends or family in any destination listed above. Together, through our complimentary grass-roots effort, we will eliminate bullying in our schools— through the simple tool of encouragement.

Take care,

Nick

 

Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, please visit Amazon to purchase our Children’s Book, Pete the Popcorn! If you don’t have a child in your life, donate a copy to your local school or library! Also, we LOVE it when people LIKE us on Facebook. To learn more about our books, please visit www.PeteThePopcorn.com 

In my element…

Yo, Blogland.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday. I’m flying the friendly skies today… so no big game for me. I’ll probably make it on my couch in time to see The Voice… whatever the heck that is.

I’m really kinda disappointed to be missing the game this year… I desperately want to see Madonna make a fool of herself. I used to be a big fan. But now she just comes across as snooty, fake and… desperate? Not saying I hate her…. there is still a chance she could roll out some good music. But that new single? Give me all your luvin’? Am I  the only one that expects something more edgy… more message-driven… more serious… from Madge?

Or is Lady Gaga the only remaining provocateur when it comes to pop music these days? No wonder Madonna doesn’t like Mother Monster.

In other news… the Patriots will win tonight. That’s this non-football-fan’s guess.

Now— onto the big news of the week! I’m smack dab in the middle of 8 days of work (two 4 day trips with one day off in between). And when it’s all over on Friday— I’ll be in my element. I’m heading to Vegas!

I love Las Vegas. I know some of my readers will blah blah and pooh pooh about it’s in-authenticity. And to that I say– if you want history, go to…. well, I don’t know.

I’m sure there will be late nights and loud music involved. There better be at least one hour spent at dueling pianos at Harrah’s. I’m sure there will be some slot machines played— only $50. That’s my limit for three days. Shows you that Vegas isn’t all gambling, all the time.  And of course I’ll make it to Ellis Island Casino and Brewery for their steak special. Hey, you gotta take advantage of one of the last remaining awesome deals in the city, right?

But perhaps the most fun I have planned is a road trip across the desert.

For sushi.

What do you mean, Nick? All of the world-class restaurants in Las Vegas can’t provide good enough sushi for your discriminating tastes? Well, no.

I was invited to Big Tuna Sushi in Lancaster, California back in October by an awesome friend. Well, actually the mother of a friend. But they’re both awesome. Story still applies.

The best sushi I’ve ever had. For $25, you sit at the bar and watch the chef make whatever you want. And then you keep ordering. Try ’em all! And the thing is, among the group of us last time, I must have tried 15 different things– there was only one item I didn’t like.

I’m beyond excited to drive 4 hours through the desert just for sushi. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures. And then 4 hours back. Damn, I forgot that part.

So, who wants to meet me? Any Southern Californians up for Sushi night in Lancaster…. let’s say 5 PM next Saturday?

See you there!

I’ll even have a sneak peek copy of Pete the Popcorn with me! As you know, Pete is my new Children’s Book… arriving LEAP DAY. PETE DAY is LEAP DAY!

Check it out www.PeteThePopcorn.com

Later.

Nick