The Polymaths have been making their way around the world.
a) This one made it to Leonardo Shikida in Brazil in good shape.
b) This one arrived to Harish Malani in India “severely jetlagged”. Barnes and Noble generously offered him a discount of a whopping $ 4 if he would keep the torn and soaked fellow!
c) The 5 below and 20 others traveled in my Delta baggage on my trip to Europe last week since amazon in the UK told me just before I left they could not deliver in Europe for another 3 weeks. To avoid the fate above from moisture in the cargo hold, they were packed in gallon freezer bags. They are now being well taken care of by Pat Phelan, David Terrar, Bertrand Duperrin and others in Dublin, London and Paris.
d) Of course, Martijn Linssen in Amsterdam had his arrive while I was there – because he had smartly ordered from amazon in the US, not amazon in Europe.
e) 14 of them barely made it across the state, forget the ocean. The USPS delivered back the cover (yes, just the cover) of a box. It had an ominous sticker “Received without contents. Jacksonville, FL NDC” so somewhere between Tampa and Jacksonville something bad happened to them. Or may be something good. On eBay, some used copies are selling for almost 3 times what amazon is selling them new!
Dear reader, do you have a Pilgrim’s Progress tale to report?