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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I have been back from my Australia and New Zealand book tour for a little over a week now, and it took nearly the whole week to fully reset my internal clock. Sydney is 15 hours ahead of Philadelphia, and Auckland another two hours on top of that. It was a mind bender for me to consider that my Sunday in Sydney was still Saturday back home.

Now I'm supposed to be putting the finishing touches on my taxes, and of course am looking for any and every excuse to procrastinate. So how about we look at some photos of my trip? (With apologies to my patient accountant.)

Here we go...
1. My New Zealand publicist Raewyn Davies during one of our mini-sightseeing excursions in between events
2. My Australian publicist Louisa Dear and I saying goodbye at the Sydney Airport
3. My publisher Bernadette Foley and her companion Peter John (didn't ask his last name!) on Bondi Beach
4. A salesman demonstrating the traditional Aboriginal instrument, a didgeridoo, made from a tree branch hollowed out by termites
5. Sailing out of Sydney Harbor into open ocean with Hachette Australia managing director Malcolm Edwards aboard his beautiful sailing sloop
6. The iconic Sydney Opera House as we sailed past aboard Malcolm's boat


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posted by John Grogan at 2:12 PM

14 Comments:

Blogger Melisa said...

Hi John,
I enjoyed the pictures of your trip. I also enjoyed the movie Marley and me. Even if I cried at the end.
Have a good trip to Findlay, Ohio. I wish I could be there. I have to work.
Have a Happy Easter!
Bye, bye
Melisa

11:13 AM  
Blogger Nanda Basso said...

Hi my name is Fernanda. I live in Brazil and everybody here really LOVE your book Marley and Me just like me. I finished t read it today, I cried a lot when Marley died and felt your pain. I admire your job and really wanted to exchange emails with you. I am 17 years old, I am in college and work with exportations and importations to/from Brazil.

I really want to watch the movie but i did not have the chance yet, unfortunatelly.

Have a Happy Easter!

1:02 PM  
Blogger tayler said...

Dear Jhon,
I loved your book Marley and me I cried at the end cried i think if Marley were alive today he would be so proud!

1:57 PM  
Blogger lovers said...

HEY JOHN
ITS ME KALIEGH STEELE I LOVE UR BOOKS CAN U PLEASE CONTACT ME OR SEND ME A POSTCARD AND A PICTURE OF U AND MARLEY I LIVE AT 236 MAIN ST IN MERRILL IA AND MY NUMBER IS 712-574-1741 THANKS!

5:53 PM  
Blogger tomc1991 said...

Dear John Grogan,
I know you read all of the e-mails that people send you and just look at them as any other, which you probably will do the same with this one. However, I do hope you find time to read this. Over this weekend my girlfriend received Marley and Me, the movie. We were supposed to watch it together, because I promised her we would, being that she is a dog lover and has a yellow Labrador Retriever as well. Two days after she got the movie, she watched it, because she could not wait to see the movie.
The next day when I asked her to finally watch it, she refused, saying the movie was way too sad, causing her to even get upset while she was talking to me. I always understood why people would be upset when their dog passes because the dog becomes part of your family. However, me being a person who never had a dog but always wanted one, thought it would be impossible to get upset over a family movie about a couple getting their family started with a puppy. I thought all of that until I watched the movie, and within the last half hour i was trying to hold back the tears. I just want to let you know how the movie really stuck with me. I watched it a week ago and I cannot get it out of my head what so ever. I keep thinking of the last scene, how you in the movie, says a dog will give you its heart as long as you give it his, and asks how many people can make you feel the way a dog makes you feel, which was pure, special and rare, and extraordinary.
I do not know if you liked the movie, because I know it is based off your book and could be different, but it really has shared with me your great experience with your dog, and i cannot tell you how I would like to have the same experience you had. The last scenes of that movie have really really stuck with me and has taught me that dogs are much more than just a pet, or an animal or even considering them a member of the family. A dog can mean something so much more.
After watching the movie, and seeing the great times you have had with your dog, I want you to know how sorry I am about the loss of Marley. I know you have moved on from the loss, but really your dog was a great dog. Being that the movie has made me crazy because I cannot stop thinking about the sad ending, I looked you up online and looked through the first few pages from the book online. I quickly went to the mall and bought my girlfriend a copy that i will read once she is done.
I e-mailed you to thank you for sharing your experience with me. I really do think it is an excellent story, and although a sad ending, there is nothing more that i want right now that a Yellow Labrador Retriever, just like Marley.
Thanks again,
Tom

PS.. I am an 18 year old young man, and I am letting you know that the story has really interested all of my friends...it isn't a story for young kids or girls, it is for everyone. Thanks again and I really hope you can find the time, to get back to me whenever possible. if you can please e mail me at mbibby101@aol.com

10:05 AM  
Blogger tomc1991 said...

Dear John Grogan,
I know you read all of the e-mails that people send you and just look at them as any other, which you probably will do the same with this one. However, I do hope you find time to read this. Over this weekend my girlfriend received Marley and Me, the movie. We were supposed to watch it together, because I promised her we would, being that she is a dog lover and has a yellow Labrador Retriever as well. Two days after she got the movie, she watched it, because she could not wait to see the movie.
The next day when I asked her to finally watch it, she refused, saying the movie was way too sad, causing her to even get upset while she was talking to me. I always understood why people would be upset when their dog passes because the dog becomes part of your family. However, me being a person who never had a dog but always wanted one, thought it would be impossible to get upset over a family movie about a couple getting their family started with a puppy. I thought all of that until I watched the movie, and within the last half hour i was trying to hold back the tears. I just want to let you know how the movie really stuck with me. I watched it a week ago and I cannot get it out of my head what so ever. I keep thinking of the last scene, how you in the movie, says a dog will give you its heart as long as you give it his, and asks how many people can make you feel the way a dog makes you feel, which was pure, special and rare, and extraordinary.
I do not know if you liked the movie, because I know it is based off your book and could be different, but it really has shared with me your great experience with your dog, and i cannot tell you how I would like to have the same experience you had. The last scenes of that movie have really really stuck with me and has taught me that dogs are much more than just a pet, or an animal or even considering them a member of the family. A dog can mean something so much more.
After watching the movie, and seeing the great times you have had with your dog, I want you to know how sorry I am about the loss of Marley. I know you have moved on from the loss, but really your dog was a great dog. Being that the movie has made me crazy because I cannot stop thinking about the sad ending, I looked you up online and looked through the first few pages from the book online. I quickly went to the mall and bought my girlfriend a copy that i will read once she is done.
I e-mailed you to thank you for sharing your experience with me. I really do think it is an excellent story, and although a sad ending, there is nothing more that i want right now that a Yellow Labrador Retriever, just like Marley.
Thanks again,
Tom

PS.. I am an 18 year old young man, and I am letting you know that the story has really interested all of my friends...it isn't a story for young kids or girls, it is for everyone. Thanks again and I really hope you can find the time, to get back to me whenever possible. If you can, please email me back at mbibby101@aol.com

10:07 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Hi, John, I am a pet portrait artist and dog lover. I just watched the Marley and Me movie and plan to get your book. I just loved the story. We have three dogs that run our lives. Two danes and one rottweiler/doberman mix. Bullwinkle, Rocky and Scooby. Bullwinkle may be the biggest dog in the world. He is 170 pounds and is like Brad Pitt when he enters a crowd. Check out my blog and see their pics. I try to tell their stories and depick my paintings on the blog. From one dog lover to another, I love your story telling. I tell my husband that they know what we are saying, he thinks I am nuts. But I know you know, dogs understand more than most people think. Thanks for sharing your story.

tinacorbett@blogspot.com

Tina

1:14 PM  
Blogger Gi said...

Hi, John!
Nice pictures!
The one of Sydney Opera House is really beautifull! That place must be amazing.
John, since the day I've read here on the blog about the Avett Brothers, I'm addicted to their songs, lol!
Do you have any more tips about music?
Regards,
Giovana - 19 - Brazil

5:16 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

John:

I just finished your new book The Longest Trip Home. I loved it just as much as Marley.

I grew up in a Catholic family - although I certainly didn't have the normal family life that you did. It made me wish for a family like yours (even with all of the growing pains). Thank you again for sharing your story.

The one problem I'm having now is ... waiting for a NEW book from you. :>

Tina

5:44 PM  
Blogger Amy Bear said...

Hi John,
Just wanted to let you that it is just amazing that you have touched the hearts of so many people.
You have an incredible talent there!
Take care of yourself and keep writing so that we all have something to smile about. :)

12:58 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Drat - I missed your downunder trip. I've just read Marley and Me. When I got to the part where you moved from Florida to Philly - I realised that I have talked to you online, or read this online somewhere before, yet I cannot remember where. It's really bugging me. I truly believe that I've been in touch with you before, but can't remember exactly where.

Anyway - Im Robyn from New Zealand - and loved the book. I'm just considering getting my first dog - I've been offered one to breed from. After reading your book, I feel safe that it's only a little fluffy white one, compared to your giant Golden Retriever :)

Cheers
Robyn
http://www.robyncarter.blogspot.com

4:09 AM  
Blogger Ani said...

Hi John!
My name is Ana Paula and I live in Brazil. It's really true all people here love your book.I won Marley & Me last March in my birthday and it was my best gift!When I was reading I really can feel Marley and your happiness for life!Thank You for shared so wonderful experience!

6:14 PM  
Blogger deborah said...

These are great pictures of the trip and you with all these fancy publicists, I didn't know that there was a person for every corner here, and a place for everyone under the sun! You look good, and it must be exciting, I can't imagine what your taxes look like, here in Canada its just the usual-anyways, keep the pictures coming, its a nice break to see the adventures of John Grogan

9:22 AM  
Blogger FreeBZone said...

John,

Just finished the Long Walk Home. You paint with words the way that Michaelango sculpted with stone, putting them together in such a way as to create a wonderfully magical piece of art. Thank you for sharing the details of your life. (Oh I forgot to mention, I have three sons. Your tales of boyhood made me want to cover my eyes and ears. I daresay, I am one of those moms who is blissfully in the dark about certain boy things.) :)

Take care, and keep sculpting!

Wendy Kenney, Phx, AZ

6:01 PM  

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