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How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist : Part 2

This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.

Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.

In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.

A Reading Frenzy

On Where Pianos Roam

So, I've been doing  a good bit of reading lately.  In addition to all of those Chris Van Allsburg children's books, there are three wonderful books that I have been plowing through. I finished a book called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield last week. This one was a total page-turner.  It is a story about a somewhat reclusive auther/biographer who is asked by a world-reknowned novelist to write her biography.  I don't want to give anything away, but what happens as a result is a story full of twists, turns, and emotions running deep.  As one of the best books I've read in a while, it is extremely well-written and has characters rich with depth and power.  I absolutely loved it. A couple of weeks ago, I borrowed a book called 100 Cupboards for my nine-year-old nephew to read.  Suffice it to say that he's not really into books, and so, I started to casually read it one morning while I was taking a break from working on my website.  Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked.  Since I new I had to finish "The Thirteenth Tale" first, I decided to hold off until that book was done. I am so glad I did because this book is a roller coaster ride in and of itself.  It starts off on an unusual premise when a boy named Henry arrives in a small, sleepy town called Henry, Kansas.  He arrives there to stay with his aunt and uncle because his parents were kidnapped while travelling in a South American country.    He stays in the attic, and within his first couple of days there, he discovers something hidden behind the plastered wall that his bed leans up against.  The rest of the story is imaginatively well documented, and I couldn't put it down .  .  . This book is all about adventure and non-stop action.  Don't let the slow-paced opening chapter fool you.  Once the story gets going, it won't let you go.  If you liked the Harry Potter series, then you will love this one.  What I liked the most was the main character named Henry.  There is this dignity and humility about him that is all too intriguing.  I kept rooting for him all the way through. Of course on the same day that I finished "10o Cupboards", I rushed off to the library to get part 2:  Dandelion Fire.  Within two days, I read all 466 pages of it .  .  . I was not disappointed.  This book packed more of a punch than the first one.  I am looking forward to the next and last instalment of the series when it comes out in January of 2010. Thanks to these books, I am now also a fan of their author N.D. Wilson.  (www.ndwilson.com)  He's really quite good, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. Okay, so over the next week, I'm taking a break from reading and will return to my other passion--KNITTING!!!  There is a brand new pattern I am itching to get started on. No rest for The Asian!!! Is reading better than chocolate?  Hhhmmm, tough call. -gordo

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