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in my mad­ness, as I al­ways know where to find ev­ery piece of pa­per. The marked pil­low is a fit­ting sign­board that reads: It’s not a mess. It’s called char­ac­ter.

And I also got two bars of 100% Nat­u­ral Saint Lu­cian Or­ganic Choco­late, ‘Hand­crafted from bean to bar’, made right here in Belvedere, Ca­naries by Maria Jack­son.

Like Mae asked, I did pur­chase a copy of Mike’s book – even though he promised me one. But the line that night to get his sig­na­ture was too long. I opted in­stead to bless the The bookYard’s fu­ture wa­ter­ing hole with the bot­tled like­ness of the blood of Christ.

I also left The bookYard with an ex­er­cise book – ob­vi­ously aimed at pop­u­lar­iz­ing the place among to­mor­row’s writ­ers at an early stage in their lives.

In­deed, I left The bookYard happy. Alone on my way home af­ter my first night out where most there had first heard the story of when and how Michael first rowed his boat ashore, I couldn’t help but hum Harry Be­la­fonte’s fit­ting song of the same name -- and sigh at the end of each cho­rus: “Hal­leluiah!”

Now I’ll make time to go to Mike’s home or of­fice for his au­to­graph . . . THE BOOK: At 20 chap­ters in 120 pages, Michael Chas­tanet’s book ‘Room at the Top’ is so short and in­ter­est­ing you’ll read it in less than a day. Hear­ing the words from Mike’s mouth through the ten tongues of his own fin­gers is an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. You will cer­tainly want to rec­om­mend the book to those in­ter­ested in the un­der­stand­ably en­vi­able story of a ninth-born who be­came Num­ber One!

That evening I wasn’t the only one shar­ing a state se­cret. I would learn that Derek Wal­cott and Bernard Theobalds (also present that night) had also been in­formed they were to en­ter the Na­tional Hall of Fame to­mor­row (Fe­bru­ary 28th). The bard and the en­gi­neer are each of Mike’s type in their own way, both hav­ing climbed the long lad­ders to the top of their re­spec­tive vo­ca­tions. They were now to re­ceive the high­est hon­ours at the first in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony since Saint Lu­cia was granted the right to name its own knights and dames. Like me for my 40 years of chron­i­cling as a chronic chron­i­cler, they too had been able to keep that shared state se­cret buried deep within – and with­out chok­ing.

Michael Chas­tanet (far left) signs copies of his book at satur­day’s launch at the bookYard.

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