TAFF - pg 13

into the working world.  I never did get used to seeing the girls of
15 and 16 out working, during my whole stay in England.

  Norman worried that he'd used up his leave and couldn't take off work
to show me around London the next day; and worried that I might not have
a good time. etc.  I assured him that I'd make out fine, if he'd just
shoW me how to get to Ted's office.  That was the sort of feeling I ran
into everywhere on my TAFF trip; people kept worrying that I might not
be doing what I wanted to do or go where I wanted to go, continually
outdid themselves to show me a good time.

  Qutside of Tuesday, I had no definite plans other than be at the con-
vention Friday.  I'd also promised to be at Ella Parker's on Wednsday &
at the Globe on Thursday.  I wanted to have somewhat flexible plans in
order to fit into whatever the fans waated me to do.

  Monday, then, I rode into London with Norman.  This was my first gli-
mpse of the city by daylight and I snapped away at everything.  Norman's
house, Sidcup, the train station, out the train windows and inside Water-
loo Station, our destination.  We left my suitcase there and walked across
Waterloo Bridge.  There were street musicians the morning traffic jam and
a view up the river of Big Ben & the House of Parliment.  I went through
film like army ants.

   I wanted to get a roll of film psocessed in time for my slide show at
the convention.  Eastman Kodak had given me their London address, which
was on Kingsway.  I told them I had a roll of High Speed Ektachrome &
When could I get it...which had to be no later than Friday.  They called
their processing plant and hemmed & hawed & said it'd take a week.  No
point in even leaving it,  They did suggest an independant processor a
block or so away and there I was told it could be picked up the next
afternaan.  Next stop was a luggage, or leather goods shop.  Norman
knew of a place on Sicilian Way, across from Les Floods book shop.  There
I picked out a strap for my gadget bag & said I'd take it.  He asked me
how soon I wanted it & I said I'd wait while he put it on.  He turned
pale and rolled his eyes towards heaven, probably mentally cursing these
mad Americans he had to deal with.  "Oh, I can't do that, Sir." he replied
"Well, if you can't do it, give me a hammer & a rivet & I'11 do it my-
self, right here." I said   When he recovered his speech, he said, "It
just isn't done that way."
   "I don't see what's so complicated about it...all you need is a
hammer and two rivets.  Any fool can do it."
   "We send all the cases ou.t on Thursday and they're returned the
following Thursday,"
   "O.K.,"  I  said,  "Forget all about it."  and I walked out with Norman
apologizing to him. "American, you know" he told the shop owner.  "Yes,
I can see that."