San Jose: Hicklebee's and world records

So a duck walks into a grocery store and he asks the manager, "Got any grapes?" The manager says no and the duck walks away.

The next day the duck comes back to the grocery store and asks the same guy, "Got any grapes?" The manager says no. Again, the duck goes away.

The duck comes back the next day and asks the same guy, "Got any grapes?" The manager is so over this duck and his question about grapes that he says, "If you ever come back into this store and ask if I've 'got any grapes' again, I'll nail your beak to the floor!"

The next day, the duck comes back to the same guy and says, "Got any nails?" When the manager yells an aggravated, "No!" the duck says, "Good. Got any grapes?"

This is the joke Cole told at the event at Hicklebee's bookstore in San Jose. I loved this event! All the kiddos that came brought their favorite joke and got to tell it before we talked about Exit Strategy. My family and I are still laughing about the one where two sisters got up and the first said, "It's raining cats and dogs out there!" to which her sister said, "I know! I just stepped in a poodle!"

 The front of Hicklebee's.

The front of Hicklebee's.

 Exit Strategy was right up front!

Exit Strategy was right up front!

 Such a fun crowd--and a fun host!

Such a fun crowd--and a fun host!

 I'm signing Exit Strategy. Notice the (literal) writing on the wall. All the authors that visit the store get to sign it.  

I'm signing Exit Strategy. Notice the (literal) writing on the wall. All the authors that visit the store get to sign it.  

 For example, here is the signature of Dav Pikley and J.K. Rowling. So does the fact that they asked me to sign the wall put me on the same level? No, not at all! But I felt so proud to add my name.

For example, here is the signature of Dav Pikley and J.K. Rowling. So does the fact that they asked me to sign the wall put me on the same level? No, not at all! But I felt so proud to add my name.

We didn't have much time to fully experience San Jose, but we did do a couple of things worth mentioning. We saw the Guinness World Record Winner for the Largest Permanent Monopoly board. Logan and I were especially pumped about this. For Logan it was because of his deep and undying love of Monopoly. For me, it was a chance to do a little research for my next book!

 We ran laps around the World's Largest Permanent Monopoly Board.

We ran laps around the World's Largest Permanent Monopoly Board.

We also ate at a place called Crepevine. It is to my great sadness that I did not get of picture of such a magnificent establishment. I had the best crepe there (gluten free!). I've thought about it every mealtime since then. If you are ever in the area, please, please eat one for me.