Today’s good deed: BUY TWO BOOKS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR YOUR FRIEND
I’ve had many roommates in my time, some I’d sooner forget, and some that are now lifelong friends. Eddie is one of the latter. For some divine reason, the universe decided to put an African-American, Christian female and a Persian, Jewish male in the same apartment. It was like a diverse Dharma & Greg … if that show was at all funny.
Eddie was the furthest thing from my mind when I walked into a used bookstore. I found plenty of great books, amongst them were Dave Barry’s Guide to Marriage and/or Sex and Imagine by John Lennon. Eddie loves Lennon so I bought both books.
These two books are like me and Eddie: on the outside they’re completely different and yet, somehow, they go great together. For instance:
“I’d never met a woman I considered as intelligent as me … And I always had this dream of meeting an artist, an artist girl who would be like me …” – John Lennon
“… you need to know what kind of person you want … if you want to meet a person who likes to bowl, you would go to a bowling alley; whereas if you want to meet a person who is rich, sensitive, attractive, and intelligent, you would not.” – Dave Barry
“In ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ I was visualizing Alice in Wonderland, an image of this female who would come and save me—a girl with kaleidoscope eyes who would be the real love of my life. Lucy turned out to be Yoko …” – John Lennon
“You can tell you’re in love by the way you feel; your head becomes light, your heart leaps within you, you feel like you’re walking on air and the whole world seems like a wonderful and happy place. Unfortunately these are also the four warning signs of colon disease …” – Dave Barry
“… I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend’s my wife. Who could ask for anything more?” – John Lennon
“Tips for the New Bride: Odds are your husband will have old buddies from college or reform school with whom he has shared many important Male Bonding Experiences … you should not try to cut him off from these friends.” – Dave Barry
See what I mean?
Eddie and I have long since moved out of our apartment. We see each other maybe once a year, which is not nearly enough. This good deed is a tiny way to let a great friend know that he’s loved. After all, it was John Lennon who said, “All you need is love.” I’m sure Dave Barry said it too, but in a funnier, less musical way.
I just thought of something. Eddie’s getting married next year. Maybe I’ll give him the Guide to Marriage and/or Sex as a wedding present. Ha! Can you Imagine?
Photo (Flickr CC) by Jeff Pearce