Friday, May 11, 2007

Stephanie, Stephanie, and Stephanie

I drove to Borders this evening to look for a book, The Brothers K, by David James Duncan, author of The River Why. After I found it, I browsed a for awhile. I rounded the corner to check out the Afro-American studies when, who should I run into but two former students from about 5 years ago, both named Stephanie. I hadn't seen Stephanie since she had graduated, although Stephanie had stopped by school a couple of times to visit.

On her last visit, Stephanie and I talked about our common interest in music. We discovered that we both were fans of the Ditty Bops. She always had an indie streak in her. She liked the Donnas and had her own band modeled after them. I'm not sure how successful the band was--or that it even actually performed anywhere. She told me that she is majoring in Journalism.

Stephanie, on the other hand, is majoring in History. I noticed that she now wore braces and had darker hair than I remembered. I recall that she read an essay to the class about the importance of reading in her life.

As we chatted there in Borders, Stephanie's cell phone rang. She smiled and said, "Hey, it's Stephanie--Mr. Babor, she's here with us!"

A third Stephanie walked out of the Sci-Fi section. She always had this intense way of speaking so fast that I got dizzy sometimes listening to her. She liked Kerouac. Her major was International Politics. She was with a friend who had an Arabic name and complained about how boring it was to read Camus in French.

I agreed.

What a great way to end a day. I'm just sorry their friend Gladys wasn't with them.

9 comments:

Donita said...

Stephanies to the left of me, Stephanies to the right...

Ok, now I have to read The Brothers K again. I Googled it and boy there's a lot I've forgotten. I think I was put off because it wasn't the light hearted romp that The River Why was. Now that I've read about it I think you'll enjoy it.

The name of your band can be Babor and the Three Stephanies.

Donita said...

I just found out that Lindsay has The Brothers K. I won't have to buy it or borrow it. If I had known I could have saved you a trip to the bookstore (like that's a problem). I started reading it this morning.

Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

I felt the same way when we talked about The River Why. I may have nodded as if I remembered certain episodes. But, other than the fact he caught way too many fish and the part where she comes flying naked out of a tree, it's a blur.

Donita said...

After I read Brothers K I'm going to read The River Why again. It's been several years since I last read it and when I finish Brothers I'll enjoy the pick-me-up.

I need a new copy, though. Ours is now being held together with packing tape.

Donita said...

This Stephanie sandwich is stale.

Donita said...

That picture of you getting your head shaved would look great on your blog. It would be a fresh post! Think of that!

Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

You're not the boss of me

Donita said...

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Donita said...

Sorry to use your blog in this way but I'm having problems with my outgoing mail. Yes, you can use the truck. Call me.