Monday, February 15, 2010

Illinois trip

Last week, landing in the middle of a "nice" snowstorm in Chicago and driving 140 miles on black ice to State Farm's headquarters in Bloomington, IL was an exciting time. Apparently readers of the HP book thought so too -- Amazon sales boomed over the three-day weekend something phenomenal. Started on Saturday morning, hitting #13,329 by 8:30am, then #9,453 by 1:20pm and #9,022 by 4:10pm (I don't watch these numbers very often...). By 6:10pm, it hit #8,080, and then on Sunday it hit #7,143 by 2:20pm, ending the day at #8.675 at 9:15pm while watching the Short Track skating at the Olympics. It has relaxed today back to #13,509 at 11:30am, still "phenomenal" given that it has been out for several months, with NO advertising

Ray Price and I did have a nice presentation at the Champaign-Urbana campus on Thursday, and we were featured on a local TV show that day as well (to be aired later). Ray's colleagues were wonderfully supportive and we had a great set of questions and discussion later. We agreed that this has been quite the experience, one to savor for the friendships and the deep inquiry that it seems to have stimulated. We are indeed "lucky pups"

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