LaCost readers on the road

LaCost reader Susan Knapp reading LaCost in Puerto Rico

Taking book on a trip is a time honored tradition. Whether it be on the plane getting there, or relaxing once one has arrived, books are good companions. It’s no secret to readers of that one of my ideas to promote my book is to post LaCost showing up, hopefully everywhere! Having LaCost readers starting to send pictures from places they have taken the book is, what can I say? Terrific and humbling. Susan I cannot thank you enough.

If anyone is interested in getting a picture to me you can send it to Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to check out LaCost. It’s all a first time author could ask.  And don’t forget—

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Worlds most recognized tower

Author Patrick Rizio at the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Mention Paris and one’s mind thinks Eiffel Tower. Mention Eiffel Tower and one’s mind thinks Paris. The two are inseparable, two sides of the same coin, like electricity and magnetism. When it was completed in 1889 it was the entrance to the world’s fair, and the tallest structure in Paris. If you include its 24 meter antenna it still is. It is painted every 7 years to stop rust. (To do the whole tower takes 60 tons of paint). 6.91 MILLION people ascended the tower in 2015, making it the most visited paid monument in the world.

With security concerns and an average of 25,000 visitors a day the lines to go up are, well, long. However, the park right next to the tower affords terrific views. At night when it is lit up, it becomes a thing of awe and beauty.

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Jawing with Albert

Author Patrick Rizio talking physics with his old pal Albert.

When the words physics, or scientist, or physicist appear in a conversation,  it’s guaranteed that the name Einstein immediately comes to mind. The amount of doors to nature that have been opened because of this man are extraordinary. (I just may have made the understatement of the century with that last sentence). His insights have not only been monumental in their significance, but continue to be verified to this day. The verification of gravity waves in the last couple of years being a recent example. Predicted by Einstein long before the technology was available to verify them, they are yet another tool we may use to answer questions unthinkable just a few decades ago. They may give us a tool to unlock information about the very instant of the big bang, and possibly information before that!

It will come as no surprise to the readers of this blog–I AM A HUGE FAN!

By the way, he loved the book.

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LaCost at the Collesium

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at the Colosseum, Rome

Built between 72 AD. and 80 AD. the Colosseum is on every traveler’s bucket list. If the thought of it doesn’t conjure up pictures of Russel Crow in Gladiator, or lions eating Christians, you must have lived in a cave most of your life. It simply emanates history. There were, (of course), cheap seats for the not so wealthy and really good seats for the well to do. Thinking of bleachers, box seats and sky boxes in modern baseball stadiums one might wonder if there really is anything new under the sun.

You can’t see gladiators fighting or mock navel battles there anymore but it really is something spectacular to see. And a great place to read a good book!

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LaCost at Jazz Cafe

Author Patrick Rizio at Jazz Cafe with LaCost

Being a jazz fan and jazz player I understand the importance of improvisation. While the ability to improvise is the bedrock of jazz, it’s importance crosses so many fields. Think of Jordan driving to the hoop, or Federer coming in to the net, or Ali bobbing and  weaving. These athletes aren’t just thinking on their feet, (although they are certainly doing that), they are improvising!

Our best scientists throughout history have done the same. Einstein’s thought experiments were certainly a form of improvisation. When a scientist forms a new model of our world he or she is improvising. They are taking a song from nature and looking at it in a whole new way. After that the scientific method comes into play, and if the new theory holds up under the enormous scrutiny that is science, we’ve come up with a new and better answer to another of reality’s questions.

I feel that improvisation is one of the keys to creativity, and is essential in music, sports, science, art, teaching…pretty much everything we do. The connection between music and writing is obvious. If a musician is good enough, they are able to move a listener emotionally with their playing. I think to do that with a story is the ultimate goal of writing.


LaCost at the Spanish Steps

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at Spanish Steps, Rome.

They are the widest steps in Europe. They connect the Piazza di Spagna on the lower end with the Piazza Trinita del Monti on the top. They consist of 135 steps with areas of curved and straight flights. They were built in 1723-1735 and named after the original Spanish Embassy which was located on the lower end.  Poet John Keats lived in a house at the bottom right of the steps until his death at 25, ( Tuberculosis ).They have been a traditional meeting place for centuries. They are absolutely beautiful, and a great place to read a book!

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Taking LaCost to CERN

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at the CERN visitor center

The large hadron collider at CERN is the most sophisticated  machine ever built by us humans. It includes an underground tunnel ring that is 27 kilometers long, and at places 175 meters deep. It requires the effort of dozens of member states. It is the largest experimental facility ever built. It has the largest computing grid in the world — and counting. It includes the efforts of over 10,000 scientists worldwide. It accelerates protons to 99.999999% the speed of light before colliding them.  It recreates the conditions of our universe at it’s very beginning. We’ve come so far so fast, and learned so much!      Carl Sagan was right – We ARE a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Standing in front of the first accelerator at CERN. It is no longer in use. The new one is thousands of times more powerful.

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