One L(ove)

April 21, 2009

At the bookstore

Filed under: Uncategorized — galileehitchhiker @ 9:55 pm


Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler

After a grueling day of classes, I usually go to the Barnes & Noble near campus to study. Recently, a man who drops by there to read all of the works within Clive Cussler’s oeuvre (he’s on the last fiction book!) has made it a habit to come sit near me at the lounge. You won’t believe how much this guy knows — everything from nuclear submarines, gems, World War II, radios, guns (he’s a proud NRA member), the Civil War, the black hole, pirates, comets, Nikola Tesla, underground communities in subways, leather couches, and how to start a fight at a wedding. He imparts his wisdom to me on such matters when he takes a break from reading Clive Cussler (usually after each chapter). Besides being extremely learned, he is known for his eccentric personality. One day, while we were sitting and talking, he started yelling holy mantras (i.e., profanities) at the top of his lungs, completely out of nowhere — it was as if the Dharmakaya Buddha was speaking through him, making known to everyone of its presence. Last week, Hungry Girl was visiting the bookstore to lecture about eating healthier, which irritated our friend. Reluctant to throw his Clive Cussler book at her (“I can’t throw this at her. I’m nearly done with it. I’m going to write him [Clive Cussler] a letter after I finish reading it. By the way do you have a live hand grenade?”), he picks up the book nearest to him, which was fittingly entitled “Love Your Life” — what a poetic scene. Well, today, this how the conversation went: 

Clive Cussler fan: Hey! I used to be really big, ya know.

Me: Yeah? How did you lose it? Running? Dieting? Exercising? 

Clive Cussler fan: Nope. 

Me: Then how? What’s your secret? Spill it! I need to trim down as well. 

Clive Cussler fan: Well, when you have Type 2 diabetes, your body basically starts eating itself. 


Currently listening to: Marian Anderson – Bach, Brahms, Schubert


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