Among the regular activities I’ve sorely missed in recent months is getting together with some of the guys to just sit and shoot the bull. It is a real treat to have solid, uninterrupted guy time and one of my favorite people to share that with is my old friend Roland Lazenby.
Ro is a writer of some significance who always makes me feel like I’m a better writer than I am. He’s great for my ego and he always has ideas: “Man, you really should look for a major publisher for [my novel] ‘Clog!’ It’s the kind of book that has a big audience …” and so forth.
We also just talked, sharing the kind of information reporters share as we sat outside Panera Bread at Valley View Mall, a great place to chat and distance socially at the same time.
I met Ro with the idea that he would sign a Christmas gift copy of his blockbuster Michael Jordan: The Life, now in its 10th printing and which is available in 20 different languages. Roland knows as much about book publishing as anybody I know and he talks about it enthusiastically. I love hearing it.
We also talked about our newspaper days and how the entire profession has changed, some for the better, some not.
In the end, though, it was about a couple of guys feeling really relaxed, interested and without the interferences we are facing daily these days. It was a real joy.