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I really like to think of myself who doesn't make rash first impression decisions. Something happened yesterday to make me really think about being sure that I don't let that happen.

There's this older guy who frequently rides the same buses I do.
At first glance, he seems a little not-all-there. He has a fairly high, sing-songy voice, almost always a big happy smile, but just seems a little....different.

For book club this month, I picked a book that I've heard much about, but never read, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. I was on the bus, reading the introduction to the book, when this gentleman asks "How do you like that book".

Now, the cover has a nude woman on the front, so I was almost anticipating someone asking me about it on the bus. And, I've inherited my father's genes for never meeting a stranger, so unless someone is being inappropriate, I'll almost always engage in conversation.

"I'm just reading the introduction, so I really don't know yet."

"Man, that sure caused a stir when it came out. Banned in the US until, what, the 80s? I just finally started reading Darwin's Voyage of the Dawn Beagle. Sure didn't realize it was 7 volumes when I started."

Wow. What an interesting guy. He's in his late 70s, a retired sea-captain. "When you spend lots of time at sea in a ship, you get a lot of time to read". Well-traveled, especially in South/Central America. I'm guessing that he's of native american descent.

I'm looking forward to talking to him again.


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Aug. 15th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
Tropic of Cancer is an awesome book. One of my favorites! There is an especially wonderful passage where Henry goes into a gallery and describes a series of matisse paintings.

Once I got started (the first 50 pages were hard to crack), I could not put it down. Read it straight through in one weekend.
Aug. 15th, 2003 01:55 pm (UTC)
Tropic of Cancer
I'm looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, I don't have a weekend where I can do nothing but read until Labor Day, which is after our next book group. But I do a lot of reading on the bus, so I'm sure I'll be into it soon.

Aug. 15th, 2003 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Tropic of Cancer
i haven't been reading much this summer. lots of writing-type assignments at work generally mean that i don't read for pleasure.

what are your plans for labor day weekend?
Aug. 15th, 2003 10:25 pm (UTC)
Labor Day
As far as I know, we have a totally plan free 3 day weekend.

Are you going to be heading up this way:?

Aug. 16th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: Labor Day
unfortunately no... my sister is coming from Washington DC on thursday, staying for 4 days. we haven't seen each other in about 3 years (although we talk a lot on the phone).

It will be a sisterly weekend, except for attending a friend's wedding on Sunday for several hours.

I would like to get up to the bonsai collection at weyerhauser this fall, maybe in late september as the leaves start turning... would you be interested in joining me? any other ideas?
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