After two looooong days volunteering at a casino to help raise money for the Young Alberta Book Society and its programs, my 102.3 Now Radio buddies had begun grumbling about a vacation.
Vegas? I suggested.
Apparently someone else is taking them there.
How about Mexico?
Too predictable, Mars kind of mumbled and gave me a thin smile.
Honestly, I'm having a hard time connecting with her. I tried the soap opera angle, but she isn't a fan of Days of Our Lives. (Story line too flat? Uh...hello...look who's talking!) We hung out at the mall, but we don't have the same taste.
To crack her coroplast armour, I knew I'd have to do something to blow her mind.
Not a task I could do on my own. So I recruited Joan Galat, author of the Dot to Dot In the Sky series of books for young readers. If there's anyone who could offer up some out of this world suggestions, it's Joan.
"Mars!" she exclaimed.
"Yes," I replied. "It's Mars I need on my side. Crash is easy."
"No, I mean, let's go to Mars."
Joan just happened to have an extra suit around -
- and being so thin, the hosts both fit!
Joan suggested Mars close her eyes, tap her ruby slippers together and repeat: I just want to go home.
And when we opened our eyes again -
We were ON Mars. (Not skinny, mute Mars...the planet Mars.)
See, Alberta literary artists aren't just talented, they're MAGICAL.
- Dawn (reporting from Mars)
Hey! Want to win a signed copy of one of Joan's Dot to Dot in the Sky books? Check out the Young Alberta Book Society website and send me the title of one of Joan's books.
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