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Unintentional Pervert – Weekly Wacko (67)

Well friends, sometimes you come out a winner, sometimes you recommend a book with a masturbation scene to a random high school girl.

I was out and about tonight after work and I decided to swing by Borders. I enjoy checking out their books, so then I’ll have things to buy from Amazon or the Half-Price Book Store by me. Sorry Borders, your prices suck.

While walking around I noticed that a teenage couple had grabbed a Borders clerk for help. Then, four Borders clerks were there. They were talking, trying to figure out the problem. FOUR clerks! And none of them could solve this very simple problem. I had thought I had overheard it, and knew some books that counted, so I sauntered over (at that point I was not a pervert, but a smug nerd).

“What kind of book do you have to find?” I asked.
“Oh, a fiction book written by an American author in the last 30 years.”
“That’s the only requirement?”

(Seriously – four clerks didn’t know this. Are you kidding me?)

Boom! I’ve got it! A book I had just been looking at, because I’ve heard good things. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I have not read this book but I have heard good things. Also, it looks like a short read and this girl wanted that. I picked the book up and handed it over.

Soon after I left I learned a little factoid, from Wikipedia: “The story explores topics such as introversion, teenage sexuality, homosexuality, abuse, and the awkward times of adolescence. The book also touches strongly on drug use and Charlie’s experiences with this.”

Specifically I learned about the masturbation scene from a friend who had read the book. Greeaaaat.

If the girl bought the book, and headed home and told her parents about the swell gentleman who helped her pick out a book for school … only to start reading it and think it’s some sort of weird, bookish, creepo pick-up move … I apologize. Sorry, chica.

I know those aren’t crazy topics, and any teen now would of course have seen it all already, but still … I feel like a creep.

In my defense I also recommended Steve Martin’s The Pleasure of My Company because I am a huge fan of that book.

The bookish creep

Quotes of the Day!

“It was there, on the night of October 11th, 1975 that I turned on the TV and watched the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live. “Fuck”, I thought, “they did it”. The new comedy had been brought to the airwaves in New York by people I didn’t know. And they were incredibly good at it, too. The show was a heavy blow to my inner belief that I alone was leading the cavalry, and carrying the new comedy flag.”
– Steve Martin, Born Standing Up

(Note: I don’t consider myself as carrying the flag for a new kind of comedy.)

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
– C. S. Lewis

Notice a theme? Last night I bought a t-shirt for the girlfriend unit. On the front of the shirt is the following haiku:

Hello Space Robot
That’s the pretend band I’m in
I play the whistle

Below that there’s a picture of a robot. On the back is the blog name.

All this in an attempt to get more people reading the blog, and from there the hope that things will magically snowball. Occasionally I get bummed out, thinking how unlikely it is that I will reach my goal. Thankfully, I enjoy writing when I do write, and any and all compliments that are passed on to me are greatly appreciated. My day is lifted instantly when I come home from work and see that someone has said something nice.

(Note 2: I’m not baiting the hook here. I’m doing more along the line of saying thank you thank you to any folks who comment or say something nice.)

Anyhow – have a good weekend everybody!!


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