In 1973, Carly Simon was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Vocalist for her song, “Anticipation.” Though that song was much loved, the Grammy went to Helen Reddy and the, er, unforgettable “I Am Woman.”
Instead of becoming an anthem and punch line on late night television, Simon’s song had a more lighthearted fate: becoming the theme song for a Heinz ketchup commercial. There were many versions of this commercial. The one I remember had two little boys awaiting the bright red deliciousness of the slow-moving ketchup. When it finally came out of the bottle, met the little boy’s hamburger, and he bit into it…. Ah! The tagline: “The taste that’s worth the wait.”
This is the Monday after Bouchercon, the worldwide mystery convention that was held this year in Raleigh, North Carolina. My first Bouchercon! Like the kids in the commercial, I’ve been waiting, waiting for this conference to start. I am anticipating entertaining and informative panels, meeting authors, and the deliciousness of time spent with others who love the mystery genre.
Because I had to write this blog ahead of time and my Magic 8 Ball is in a packing box, I have no way of knowing if Bouchercon was worth the wait. Did the event meet my expectations? Did it meet yours? If you attended, please share your experiences in the comments section. I’ll be checking in – after the much anticipated nap I’ll be taking.