First of all, not that kind of “lit”. Although I live where it’s legal, I suck – thank gawd – at smoking, be it weed or nicotine. Pretty good at puffing a stogie, go figure. Still haven’t indulged in that for over a decade. So, in regards to getting lit-lit, I’d be vaping or partaking of the edible variety.
But I was riffing on lit as it refers to literature. You see, lately I’ve been quite distracted by books.
So much so, that I haven’t posted a blog in a couple of weeks.
It all started with Ready Player One, which I purchased for my work trip back on the 12th. I spent my flight alternating between reading my new book and writing a blog post. Ditto my return flight, which was the last entry I posted back around the 16th.
Of course, in between flights I fell in like with a co-worker at the work conference.
The new read continued to occupy my time on my daily MAX commute, which I usually spend writing my #MaxBlogChallenge posts.
The book is super enjoyable. I’m not a big video game fan or home gamer, but Rib was, so I kind of know the culture second hand. Plus, I do enjoy an occasional visit to Ground Kontrol for a few beers while I blow a sawbuck worth of quarters.
But I am definitely a fan of 80s-90s pop culture…Oingo Boingo music, John Hughes films.
I intended to finish Ready Player One over Thanksgiving at my parents’, but you always forget something when you pack for a trip, right?
Enter, The Witness.
My mom brought me a stack of books to choose from: The Witness, that ubiquitous Wally Lamb book and the second volume of The Tales of the City omnibus, which I had loaned her a few months back.
I always mean to re-read these old favorites of mine, but never make the time. Instead I loan them out to The Broken Poet and – more favorably – Mom-Donna. Heck, even Mistress Myrtle seems to enjoy my old books!So there mom is, trying to soothe my distress, always the Mom! I decide Wally Lamb is too aggressive for a second book and pick The Witness.
Lemme take a minute and tell you how I feel about reading multiple books.
I don’t like it.
It’s like dating more than one guy.
No, actually dating, you tramps.
You have to invest emotionally in books. Giving up your imagination in this relationship versus your heart, in order to really get everything out of a book you can.
So, I tend not to do this…which is partially why I looked like a pouty baby when mom was handing out secondary reading options.
I got a few chapters in during my three day stay. I packed it to pick up again when I finish Ready Player One. It might go somewhere…but ever since I read Fifty Shades of Grey, my ability to fairly assess a book has been a bit wonky.
Talk about lowering the bar.
Oh, and I packed The Witness and forgot Tales…because you always forget something when you pack.
The next day after work I went to get a haircut. Naturally, in the Barber Lottery, I once again won my pink haired – and eyebrowed – trans barber.
Once again, we started off with innocent enough chatter.
Innocuous. Hair talk.
But as soon as she started snipping, our innocent chatter veered awkwardly off course with “How was your Thanksgiving?”
She asked me, and I responded with enthusiastic yet low-key examples of our small family gathering. When I asked her how hers was, I realized my mistake. If I’d glanced down at myself in the mirror, I’m sure I would have seen this guy staring back at me.
You really just can’t win with some people.
As I’m listening, I glance down at her work station’s shelf and see a stack of five books. I ask her if they have special significance to her and she just casually responds that she’s reading them.
“Simultaneously?, I ask.
“Of course!”, she replies, “But two of them are actually textbooks because I’m teaching myself Hebrew.”
And, no, I didn’t pursue the conversational thread about how one teaches oneself Hebrew effectively with a text-only resource. I just sat there and enjoyed the literal, physical manifestation of how different she and I are as individuals.
As if the pink eyebrows weren’t proof enough.
Then she cut my hair too short.