I never got a letter to Hogwarts. I have yet to meet anyone- never mind a well-born bachelor -with a fixed income of 10,000 pounds a year. Even foregoing dragons, I will probably never get the chance to tame so much as a fox. Yet I have muddled through.
I moved to New York after college, thinking it would be fun for a few years. Now it’s been over a decade, and I still find myself unable to leave. One of the most amazing things about the city is how easy it is to have an adventure. You can leave your house with nothing but your wallet and have almost any kind of day you please… with almost no advance planning. Okay, now that I have a kid, “adventures” have become much more confined. However, lately, I’ve discovered it’s also incredibly easy (and cheap) to see an incredible array of authors- often free or, at most, for the cost of the book (see my page, The Dust Jacket, for more information). It’s been a pretty amazing way to keep my sanity during the first year of parenthood. After all, I read about twenty picture books a day to my daughter… doesn’t my imagination deserve a a little sharpening too?
I’d still rather be in Hogwarts, though.
P.S. An aside about the name of this blog: yes, I chose a name that’s supposed to be anonymous. Yet the irony is that pretty much everyone I know in my personal AND professional life knows of and teases me about my devotion to dogs. I was so thrilled that this name was available, but I have yet to write a single canine post.