CHICAGO--I wedged my rented Impala--black this time--into a space on Blackstone and headed south towards International House, on my way to cover a Mitt Romney speech at the University of Chicago.
As I walk down a block with magnificent houses and apartment buildings I spot a figure--"I know her," I say to myself-- though it has been years since I have seen her in person.
"Sara?" I call out.
I was right.
I'm in front of Sara Paretsky's house, she is, of course, the best selling crime author, the writer whose V.I Warshawski works the sweet streets of Chicago. Warshawski's--and Paretsky's-- latest is titled "Break-Down."
Romney's motorcade just pulled up down the block so I asked the obvious--well knowing Paretsky was Democratically inclined--what did she think of Romney?
"Maybe I'll just cruise down with my dog on the top of my car to see him," she told me.
That would be Callie, Paretsky's golden retriever.
Paretsky was making a reference to the story that will not die about Romney, recounted many times, one of the latest by the Washington Post's Philip Rucker, on March 14.
Writes Rucker, "It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation. But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux-wood-paneled station wagon, is ballooning into a narrative of epic proportions.
"It has come to characterize the candidate -- and not in the favorable way Tagg Romney hoped for when he first talked in 2007 about his family's annual road trips."