I see why people live in Florida. When I arrived on the evening of February 15, it was about 75 degrees (compared to 10 back home in Carmel, IN). It's so warm that it's actually uncomfortable to wear my sweatshirt or to drive around with the windows up!
In addition to the weather differences, I also keep finding scenes that I can't say I've ever seen in the Hoosier state (or, come to think of it, any place else I've ever been with the possible exception of Jamaica):
The Jacksonville Public Library originally booked me for five speaking engagements. A few weeks ago they canceled four of them, leaving me with no time to book substitutes, and costing me about $1,200 in lost income between the speaking fees and book/CD sales afterwards (not to mention my travel expenses, which unfortunately the library cannot cancel). On the other hand, the one program I did do in Jacksonville drew the biggest crowd I've had so far on this tour (at least 50 people), who were entirely engaged and asked some great questions (plus I sold quite a few books and CDs). These two factors leave me uncertain about future visits - I'm eager to return to Jacksonville since the crowd was so strong, but simultaneously hesitant to book anything more given the cancellations. We'll see how 2017 plays out.
In any case, the tour continues tomorrow with another round of "Band of the Sixties" in Port Orange, about 90 minutes South of Jacksonville:
Friday, 19 February 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
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