Leaving Pocatello… Entering the West!

We had so much fun in Pocatello, Idaho!

Busy is good. That has been my refrain for years and years and years and years. And it’s true…. busy might not always be fun. But it is great to be in-demand, wanted, employed, needed, known as a go-to guy or a provider.

So when we completed visits to 9 Elementary Schools in two days… we were busy. And busy is good.

Here is a quick video… more after.

Our day in Pocatello started out great… with an awesome cup of coffee from this little drive-thru hut called “Double Shot”… I stick with plain old coffee, cream and pink sweeter, but these two menu items caught my eye:

Sooooo….. only our true fans are going to know the SECRETS hidden in these photos!

By the way, the manager (well, I think she was the manager…) got mad when she saw me whip out my camera and begin snapping photos of their menu. I promise— I’m not a coffee thief!! Although, the incident did bring to mind a song…

Otto Titsling, inventor and kraut,
had nothing to get very worked up about.
His inventions were failures, his future seemed bleak.
He fled to the opera at least twice a week.

Since I’m technically a Children’s Book author, I’ll stop right there. But I do thank Bette Midler for many great times.

Anyway, no– I wasn’t stealing recipes with these photos. But Joe and I were both giddy that there was a cupcake flavored latte… because our next book, Casey and Callie Cupcake, is slated to hit Amazon.com on November 6th, Election Day. On that day, when grown-ups are voting for President, kids can come online at www.PeteThePopcorn.com and vote for Casey or Callie.

Then— and kids that have heard a reading of Pete the Popcorn will know this— is the Grasshopper Mint biscotti! As they know, there is another book in the works for sometime in the future: Gilbert the Grasshopper!

So it seemed like our stop at Double Shot was destined! And the coffee was delicious!! If you girls (the manager?) we met there are reading this, thanks so much for a great story!

Thank you, Pocatello! We had an awesome time in your town and met some wonderful people. I certainly hope we can return in the future…

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Nick

 

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Free ‘Taters for Out-of-Staters!

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Idaho… potatoes and so much more. Really– this state has been one of the most beautiful… and the people are so very friendly.

However, I didn’t eat any potatoes while here. Joe had steak fries at the hotel restaurant, but I think that hardly counts.

Pocatello, Idaho has been welcoming us with open arms. This is the district where the Superintendent asked just how many readings we could squeeze into one day. We offered to stay for two days. And she scheduled 13 readings at 9 schools in 2 days. Tight schedule? Yes. Super fun? Absolutely.

The kids have asked great questions. The teachers have been very happy to participate. And the best part? WE GOT NAME TAGS!!!!

At the very first school this morning, Indian Hills Elementary, one class walked in wearing Dolphin name tags! Joe, being Joe, told the teacher that our only request was a dolphin name tag. Towards the end of the assembly, when we were packing up, the teacher ran up to me and said, “don’t leave yet… we’re laminating your name tags!”

Seriously… what a really nice thing to do. I meant it when I said that Idaho has been one of the friendliest states we’ve visited. Joe and I will be wearing our name tags with pride.

Today’s video is a bit different. With so many schools scheduled, and as little as 20 minutes in between buildings, we had no time for our “encouragement” interviews that we’ve been doing. So, here is a nice little mix of music, pictures and video that document our visit to 5 different schools in just one school day!

Until tomorrow,

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 

Billings, Birthdays and Brands.

My eyes have seen some of the most beautiful scenery they’ve ever seen these last three days of me being a 29-year-old.

That’s right. Today is my 30th birthday. And I don’t feel any different— except for this raging sore throat that is taking my voice away. Thankfully, today is a day off in Pocatello, Idaho. Perhaps I can rest my vocal cords for the next two days: we have 13 readings of Pete the Popcorn in just two days!

Something funny happened today on the way from Billings, Montana to Pocatello. We were nearing the state border when we stopped for gas. In front of us was a nice local gal with this license plate on her Chevy truck:

So Joe tells the woman that he loves her license plate and asks for a photo. She said no problem and asked if we were from around the area. After explaining what we were up to, she told Joe that she has the license plate because that’s her brand. Joe asked what the brand was… and she said it was a half circle with the number 44.

At this point, listening from the driver’s seat, I caught on that this lady was talking about a brand for cattle. So there I sat…. with a look of wonder and amusement on my face. Oh how I was waiting… waiting for Joe to ask what product the brand was or what the brand consisted of or where he could purchase her brand. To my chagrin, he didn’t.

When he got in the car, Joe looked at me and said, “she was super nice… but what the hell is a brand?” Obviously, Joe isn’t a cattle rancher. But his unique ability to talk to anyone at any time can bring about such amusing interactions. If you’re the lady with the license plate— thanks so much for teaching Joe something today!

Now, here is today’s video update. Watch it all the way through— there is a surprise at the end.

And, if you’re new here… On August 22nd, co-author Joe Kelley turned 40. For his birthday and my birthday, we both asked for people to sponsor a child on our Encouragement Tour. For as little as $10, you can provide a child a copy of our book— which teaches encouragement. All you have to do is visit www.indiegogo.com/encourage 

We’ve done so much for children this year– giving away 5000 used books. Handing out 500 new books in a parade. Reading Pete the Popcorn free of charge to over 20,000 kids. We want to continue these efforts, but can only do so with your sponsorship.

Normally, on a 30th or 40th birthday, folks would buy us a drink or dinner or get us some gag gift. We never ask for gifts… but this year, could you consider sponsoring a child?

Have a great day, everyone!

 

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