Well, Kim and I are heading off to New York City tomorrow morning. We’re attending the National Stationery Show, which is the Super Bowl of the greeting card and gift industry. In typical storybook fashion, I’m a smalltown boy who’s never been to the Big Apple and I’m off in pursuit of a dream. The dream being the hope that some guy in a suit will believe that Kim & Jason is fit for a national audience and a contract will be signed consumating one of those long lasting fabled partnerships you hear about, like Sam Butcher and Enesco, Hewlett and Packard, and Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. I’m not even sure if anyone will give us the time of day, but it just feels like this is the next logical step on this increasingly illogical journey. Of course, having grown up in Peru, Illinois, a town of 10,000 people, I am a little anxious about stepping into one of the biggest cities in the world. Hopefully we won’t be abducted by a cab driver and we’ll be able to manage the subway okay without ending up somewhere in Queens. It looks like we’ll be able to check out some of the tourist stops like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the like. We may even have a chance to check out Ground Zero from a viewing platform that’s been constructed since 9/11. To top it all off, Kim and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary on Monday. I’m excited, anxious, nervous, and unsure of what to expect by this whole experience (Kinduv how I felt when I got married, actually). I don’t know if this will be the beginning of the next big thing, or just another small step in what has been a long and patience-testing path. I really wish we could find someone of influence who just “gets it”. “It” being the whole Kim & Jason thing. No lengthy sales pitches or standardized fromal cover letters, just an immediate understanding and appreciation of what K&J is about and the mission we’re trying to accomplish. Will we find said person in New York City? I don’t know, but it sure would make a fitting chapter in the storybook.