Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BookCrossing: Fall on Your Knees

Last month my wife and I packed up our two kids and hit the road. Destination: Calgary. It was a furtive trip, with no friends and only select members of our respective families knowing, because two friends of ours absolutely could not find out we were going. Those two friends were arriving at the Calgary airport - making a permanent move to Canada from Malaysia - on August 17, 2010, and we wanted to surprise them with an in-person welcome.

Having grown up in Vancouver, I've spent a fair amount of time in the Okanagan area. However, before last month's roadtrip the furthest east I'd been in Canada was Nelson, B.C., except for a flight to Toronto about ten years ago to attend a wedding, followed by a flight back to Vancouver, which, in my books, doesn't really count. Being the devoted BookCrosser that I am, I made sure to have a stash of books to release en route. We planned on making it to Calgary in one day and left our Coquitlam driveway at about 4:20 a.m. on August 16 to make that happen. That meant we were sitting in a booth at Denny's in Kelowna at 9 a.m. - normally the time we start driving anywhere! I released two books at the Denny's, and one of them was journaled by a new member before we even got to our Calgary hotel that evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. (We made pretty good time from Coquitlam to Calgary, eh?)

In fact, by the time I logged on to make release notes 12 hours after the fact, meggantough had not only journaled Fall on Your Knees, s/he had also joined BookCrossing, registered two of his/her own books, and released one of those two books in Kelowna's Orchard Park Mall! Adding to the coolness of this catch: Fall on Your Knees was registered by my mama. The catch:
I found it at work in Denny's. I'll be sure to read it & pass it along!

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