Friday’s Two Perfect Moments


There were Two Perfect Moments on Friday.

The first is that I was given a book by a departing student.  That alone should be considered Today’s Perfect Moment.  However, what was really surprising is that instead of getting someone’s favourite book–which would have been awesome too–I was given a book that they thought was perfect for me.

I guess they were paying attention when I said I was interested in cycling.

As for giving books, I often do that and it is my normal fallback gift when in doubt. I don’t know if everyone appreciates it, but a fallback is a fallback.  The books that I tend to give are as follows (in no particular order)

  • Waterland by Graham Swift
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison (though often hard to find)
  • Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

Apart from just being good books, I am not exactly sure why I often give them to people. I just do.


The second is that I had a chance to meet one of my best friends for dinner. We went to a brew pub founded in Quebec, but now having made substantial strides in franchising or expansion is now available all over Ontario.  The night had everything I wanted which was good conversation, good beer, and good food.  I opted for the chicken waffles–because I had never had it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The only down-side to the evening was the periodic wafting of pot smell that burst through the open doors. It was right next to Dundas Square and across from the Eaton Centre.  These are bid draws for people, and it was Friday night,  so I guess that was to be expected.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Friday’s Two Perfect Moments

  1. Congrats, that cycling book is a perfect treat. Waterland is one of my absolute favourite novels, and The Sun Also Rises I enjoyed. Three books I can think of I’ve given as gifts before are Life of Pi by Yann Martel, any short story collection by Saki, and 1984 by George Orwell.

  2. Jinjer says:

    That book is definitely a perfect treat, as is the chicken and waffles, which I loooooove.

  3. Hunida says:

    That chicken & waffles looks fantastic! & in my opinion, books are always great gifts. 🙂

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