No, Gov. Brownback’s storm troopers were not waiting at the border to fend me off. He apparently cut gaydar out of the state budget along with education and welfare for cruise ships.
The flights were uneventful and American Airlines has new planes with entertainment centers in each seat, including coach, so you can watch TV or, as I did, an interactive map showing the plane’s path and “3D” viewing from various angles, including a cockpit view. It’s mesmerizing and almost makes you forget you’re wedged into a seat that harkens back to riding in the front seat of a 1963 Volkswagen, except the VW had more legroom.
I got to Independence Community College and the Inge Theatre where the festival is based and saw my books on sale including the revised edition of Ask Me Anything and Other Short Plays. Yay! Now I’m checked into the hotel and planning a little nap before tonight’s reading of Donald Margulies’ new play.
There will be more later about the weekend and even some pictures.