It was wonderful to meet Paul at last; he's a brilliant and often hilarious essayist, and we share many
The next day, Paul and Caroline took me into Dallas to see the most amazing display of samurai armour I've ever seen anywhere, including Japan. Half a dozen complete suits, three sets of saddlery, arrowheads, and a large collection of helmets and face masks in different styles. We were the only visitors at the time, and the staff were very helpful as well as being extremely well informed. We spent so long there that we didn't have time to visit any of the other museums, and went to a huge Half Price Books. I didn't have much room in my luggage after World Horror Con, so I tried to restrain myself - but I kept discovering books I wanted, and only returned half of them to the shelves. (I did resist the urge to buy the beautiful but very large and heavy Art of Armor,, hoping that I'd be able to get a copy at close to the same price without having to lug it around or pay freight - and fortunately, I can.)
After a fine dinner of Texan and Memphis barbecue, Paul and Caroline dropped me back at my hotel. It was, as I said, wonderful to finally meet them, and I hope our paths cross again before too long.