Animal Band was not as easy to find as advertised. different stores stock at different times. everyone who looked for it, found it. though it was easier for some than others.
the first book was found by my buddy Mitch on Saturday night at Vroman's, in their "hot off the press" section--it's an independent bookstore in Pasadena.
another was picked up at Book People in Austin.
an email came in from San Antonio, "all of the Barnes and Nobles have it here." five were purchased. (my aunt. she's proud. "The checkout person at B&N noticed I had the same last name---I was so proud, and he was very impressed!")
in NYC (the Big Apple, thanks Jensen) two girls combed the streets. there were rumors of a riot, a scene, and incarceration. (don't you believe it.)
in Fort Worth AB was tough to find, the first B&N not carrying it, the second had copies, but they were "special request reserves." a third store had them on hand.
in Seattle the hunt was undertaken by Girl Friday. with her usual aplomb, she secured it.
this young man the first photographic evidence of the book in a B&N.
thanks to everyone who called, or emailed.
thanks to the well wishers and the celebrants.
it was a great day.
i am the luckiest boy in the world to have such great pals.