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January 17, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I'm originally from Ontario, and I moved to Australia in 1974, about the time your show started. We're 17 hours ahead of New York, and I have to tape your show from the Internet. I play it when I go to bed. So my wife goes to sleep in the spare bedroom. She says my laughing is worse than my snoring. What should I do?
PS. Why not bring your show to Australia some time? We have ketchup here but the Aussies call it tomato sauce (pronounced tom-aaw-toe source).
It's good to take a break and I'm sure that a night in the guest room only makes her fonder of your company the next night. We don't bring the show to Australia because we're old and cranky and our world is shrinking. It's a big deal for me to take the show to Minneapolis. Australia seems like the other side of the world, perhaps because it is the other side of the world. Fourteen hours in an airplane seat would cripple me for weeks and there I'd be in a strange country, limping around, possibly with slight paralysis on the left side, and slurring my speech. Not a pretty thought. I was there once and it seemed to me that people were having so much fun just drinking and watching cricket that an American radio show would be pointless. If you can enjoy cricket, you don't really need entertainment: you can amuse yourself by watching planes land or birds sit on telephone wires.