Meet Gin & Tonic

Barbara Vey -- October 16th, 2012

You all know how much I enjoy flying.  I always seem to get lucky enough to sit next to someone interesting on the plane.  Flying home from Atlanta last night, I met Brian.  He’s a charming and delightful flight attendant for AirTran and travels a lot himself.


Gin & Tonic enjoying Jack Daniels

Gin & Tonic enjoying Jack Daniels

Here’s the fun part.  Whenever Brian travels with his friend, they bring along these tiny Barbie dolls (kind of like Polly Pockets) and pose them wherever they are.  Their names are Gin and Tonic (which I think is a stitch).  Not only that, but they also have their very own Facebook page.  When I got home I tried to find it, but it seems there are a kazillion Facebook pages called Gin & Tonic, so Brian, if you are reading this, put your Facebook link in the comments.  Anyway, Gin & Tonic posed for me.  No, it wasn’t in a Gin and Tonic, but Jack Daniels and soda.  They didn’t seem to mind.


Our conversation eventually got around to books and Brian travels with a Nook that was fully loaded.  He’s currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (which my son, Andrew, has said is a really good book).  Also on his list were Janet Evanovich, Drakula, and all three Fifty Shades of Grey books.  His take was, “Not a very well written book, but I felt I needed to read all three.”  That’s pretty compelling reading when you can overlook the not well written part.


Brian’s very favorite book is Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein.  He highly recommends it and says it is funny and emotional.  Since he mentioned it several times, I promised to check it out.


Bottom Line:  Looking for new book suggestions?  Look no further than the person next to you.  You might be surprised to find a diamond.

35 thoughts on “Meet Gin & Tonic

  1. Keely

    Player Number One is also my 12 yr old son’s favorite book – never heard anyone else mention it, maybe there’s a secret cult. Love the Barbies!

  2. Jessica Aspen

    Very cute! Great idea for a blog, and they also remind me of Kiddles (remember those?). Word of mouth. We can talk about how people get ideas for their TBR pile all day long, but you’ve hit the nail on the head, Barbara. It all comes back to “hey, what are you reading?”

  3. Marianne

    Hi, Barbara…i came over here from Seekerville. i enjoyed both that post and this one. i am a readaholic or whatever you call those people who have to always have to been reading a novel. i also blog my reviews and post them on; goodreads; B&N; You mentioned you always needed readers, so here i am! Thanks.

  4. Susan Carlisle

    Gin and Tonic reminds me of the stuffed animal that travels all over the world and sends postcards back to a class. Wouldn’t it be cool to send a copy of one of my books out into the world and have everyone that reads it sign it and see how many that is over, say five years?

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