But to really celebrate the occasion, here are 6 director’s commentary-style behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the making of the column:
1. I wrote said column longhand on four journal pages using a sh*tty Czech-brand pen in the Bohemian Bagel cafe in Prague, Czech Republic while eating a Turkey Club on a sesame bagel. Bohemian Bagel is an ex-pat joint, which is French for where the Americans hang out. As I recall, I asked for no mayo on said club sandwich but–being in the Czech Republic– they took this to mean “slightly less mayo”.
2. I’d say that this was one of the easiest of all of my columns to write because I was very much feeling the burden and guilt from not having taken on as many travel writing projects while I was away, which I promptly and frequently took out on my friend Casey
The Big Cat. The entire (unedited) first draft took only 3 hours to write, which is a short time period for me to do, really, anything.
3. I really thought Bill Bryson was British. Or at least Canadian.
4. Other characters I’d considered wishing I’d seen while hallucinating on absinthe: Baloo from Talespin, that Cajun dude from the animated X-Men (Gambit?), Raven Symone.
5. Word I was using too much at the time of writing: “organically”.
6. (Not?) Awesome Mental Image: A “Pants-less Tom Wolfe”
Anyway, just wanted to give you the 411 so you could enjoy the column gratis in all its column glory. Now I’m going back to sleep.
Take On Me,
PS- pictured below: The opening credits and theme song from The Disney Afternoon’s Talespin as everyone remembers it…in Hungarian.