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Monday, December 18, 2006

Dressed for success

As I was pulling my clean laundry and gallon of paint from my car this afternoon, I thought about the teenaged Ace Hardware employee who had waxed enthusiastic about sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison while he mixed my paint (he had made a William Gibson allusion about computers taking over humans' jobs; I admitted to owning Neuromancer [thanks, Ted], and it went from there). Then I thought about the balding man who had excitedly described to me the recent book he'd read on gram-positive and gram-negative germs and the Salem witch trials, after seeing the cover of my Guns, Germs and Steel (thanks, Bryant).

I was wondering why these two nice fellows had been so excited about talking to me. Then I realized that I was completely makeup-less, and that, with most of my clothes in the laundry, I was wearing my gray ear-flap hat, my black wool pea coat buttoned completely over a too-small sweater, gray wool slacks, and trail runner tennis shoes with white sport socks.

Clearly, that is the winning combination.

6 comments:

utenzi said...

Two great books and an ecletic wardrope and that wonderful smile--definitely a winning combination, Cerise. Merry Christmas!

strovska said...

have you finished Guns, Germs, and Steel yet? i thought it looked really interesting, but keep forgetting to check it out from the library.

Ellen said...

i thought Collapse by jared diamond was better.

strovska said...

i suddenly have so many library books to reserve....

Larissa said...

They wanted to talk to you because they couuld see the intelligence gleaming out of our eyes. Although, I really would like to see you in that outfit. :]

Luke said...

Hey thanks so much for saying hello when you were here in Bellingham!