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The "Cost of Freedom" book tour hits the road

Super 8 Motel, St. Joseph, Missouri — "What can I do for ya sweetie?"

That's the front desk person. Then she gives me the military discount just because, and brags to me about her little grandson in her arms.

That's nice for ya.

Hey, you would not believe the massive number of geese, snows, Canadians, I saw flocking together at dusk along I-29, in the fields, very cool. Lots of hawks, too, and a dead coyote. I also saw two big dogs by the side of the road, in the ditch, sitting next to what must have been an old buddy. It looked like a big spaniel of some sort, on its back, its legs frozen in the air.

Okay, Mr. Nature has to go now.

Hey, leave it to me, huh?

I had everything packed and planned, been thinking about how to do this thing for hundreds of freezing days and nights this winter.

I stopped at the 13th Street Cafe in Omaha to meet with a guy who is doing the art work for an upcoming book, get back to my car and it's locked and my key doesn't work. It works for the ignition, but not for the doors.

I knew that.

I never lock the car at home, now I get in the city and I get all like I got to lock the doors and well after thousands of days of planning I'm standing outside my car with my keys in my hand.

Anyway, I had to walk all the effing way across town carrying this heavy mo-fo bag with books and computer and special book tour stuff, to Kevin and Laura's place up on Lafayette, near the Cathedral, sweating, shoulders aching, all that. I'll tell you about it when you've got more time.

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