Literature Abusers

otheng otheng at
Fri Mar 23 08:09:24 EST 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: Miranda K. Smith <mirkat at>

> I don't think I've ever walked into a lamppost, but I know
> I've come damn near to walking into various things
> before. Still, I don't think I've ever really wiped out
> because I was walking & reading. Has anyone ever
> noticed the utterly inane things people tend to say when
> they see you reading a book while walking? It seems
> to be one of those sights that compels stupid comments
> from acquaintances, mostly variants on, "Watch where
> you're going!" issued in humourous tones. Well, if I
> cared where I was going more than I cared about what
> was happening in my book, I would be watching where
> I was going, wouldn't I? :-) But seriously, I think it's
> just an expression of the jealousy of lesser souls who
> cannot do two things at the same time. Though I've
> never tried walking, reading, _and_ chewing gum. :-)

That should be easy enough......

I was in hospital once and an old dear came across to see what I was doing.
"Are you reading a book? I've got one of them."

There is just no reply possible to that.


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