I mentioned to her that I had been eyeing a framed autographed photo and when she found out who it was of she told me that she would like to buy it for me as a late present since she said she didn't get me much other than socks. (She was right about that but I wasn't expecting anything else since she also wrote me a cheque to cover some of my travel expenses.)
Anyway, the reason she understood is that she knew who my childhood hero was.
BTW, my trip home on Wednesday is going to overnight in Chicago, and I arrive just before 9:00 pm. If anyone wants to get together for a drink near O'Hare with a fellow blogger, let me know.