I’m not sure how it happens, but I’ve ended up scheduling the first public tour for 2017 for Sunday February 26, meaning I’m bound to miss the start of the Oscar ceremonies. I guess I don’t pay that much attention, since I’ve done it before.
And per my norm, I haven’t seen anything up for the major categories, so it’s no big loss. May as well spend the day wearing down my gumshoes on the mean streets.
So, here’s the deal, simple as I can make it: if you want to do the tour, show up by noon at the “L” sculpture — bring $20 per person to hand over. Be ready to go. The walk takes about four hours, is roughly three miles long.
If it is raining like hell, you don’t have to show up, even if you’ve been wanting to do the tour for years — you can wait for a nicer day. Someone from out of town asked for that date, otherwise I’d be in my lair watching the Oscars.
Also, don’t think that this is your only opportunity. 2017 is the 40 Year Anniversary for The Dashiell Hammett Tour, so I’ll be doing lots more walks as we emerge from the rainy season.