Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Hot in the City

One thing I'll take note of and remember for subsequent years is to pack for hot weather when visiting New York City in July. During my recent trip there I did the usual English thing and took with me plenty of jeans and t-shirts and a zoot suit for the ceremony. Landing at Newark airport, it was anounced that the current temperature was in excess of 90 degrees and due to get hotter over the next few days. And it did.

Thankfully the Grand Hyatt on E. 42nd Street came with tip-top A/C so it was comfortable in the hotel itself. Totally different story when you stepped outside into the blistering heat. But that wasn't what hit me most, but the intense humidity.

This is my excuse for the excessive perspiration. If I met you whilst in New York, or you noticed me across the crowded halls, I was the big Englishman with the strangely Scottish accent (apparently) and flat top hairstyle, generally mopping my overheated brow with a sopping tissue.

Believe me; the bucketloads of sweat had nothing to do with the excitement (read as anxiety) of the upcoming awards ceremony ;-)

For those of you who had to witness me in Bermuda shorts and stained shirt - I apologise.

13 comments:

Dean Crawford said...

Well done Matt for being nominated in the first place! The competition must be massive for debut thriller writers - seeing your name amongst those nominated must be awesome in itself, and no doubt will further increase public awareness of your work.

A win-win situation mate :o)

Sue H said...

Matt - I was hopping on and off the Thrillerfest site waiting for the anouncements! Condolences. But, hey - to get a nomination for your first book is absolutely nothing to be sniffed at!

As Dean commented, the exposure will do you no harm!

Sue H said...

I've just re-read the last line of my previous comment - no doubt Mr Bury will read some dubious connotation there - sorry!

Matt Hilton said...

I'll get in quick and put things straight, Sue: thankfully my shorts were too long for that ;-)

Thanks to you both, by the way.

Col Bury said...

'Exposure'? 'Get in' and 'Put things straight'?
(ooo matron!).

Seriously, though - you should be very proud of your achievements, mate. And of this lays solid foundations for more successes in the future.

Col Bury said...

And, Matt,
Pleeeeease, publish a pic of yerself in Bermuda shorts n a stained T-sheet... for't crack!

Glaznost said...

Don't do it Matt, don't fuel his dirty desires with a pic. You never know where it'll end up if Col gets hold of it...

Matt Hilton said...

Believe me, nobody would thank me for it!

Mike Wilkerson said...

Hot and humid...welcome to my world, chum!

I was rooting for you, but it sounds like you took everthing in stride, as you should (even though you probably went back and demolished the hotel room). Seriously, though, great job.

And what is it with that Col Bury cat? Mind in the gutter, all the damn time

Col Bury said...

Hey, Mike.
You've obviously missed the previous banter. The comments are just a bit of fun, and 'in context'. Take it, you've never seen any Brit 'Carry On' films...?
:)

Mike Wilkerson said...

Now Col, don't get yer panties in a twist (yes, that picture of you in pink lacie's is out there!;^)

Love British crime films: Layer Cake, Red Riding Trilogy and way too many others to mention.

I'm really waiting for the Matt Hilton adaptations, though. I mean, they have to be coming, right?

Col Bury said...

I know you love it really, Mike. :)

I concur with Layer Cake n Red Riding, but one of the best series I've seen in recent times is the BBC's 'Luther' with that Brit from The Wire' in - you've just gotta check it out, bud. When I get time, am gonna blog about it.

And, yeah, I can see Matt's stuff adapted to film, especially DMD.

Aspiring novelist slips pink knickers off n disappears into the darkness...

Sue H said...

....perhaps I shouldn't have made that comment about 'exposure' in the first place if it means Col's gonna cast aside his underwear and go commando..... :-o