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  • I was on the bus when I noticed her. She was sitting across from me reading. I think I did a double take when I noticed her and was immediately intrigued.

    There was nothing overly special about her. She was a young woman, presumably on her way to the college, reading on the bus. It was what she was reading that caused me to pause.

    As she flipped through her copy of Sports Illustrated my brain made the kind of connection that is always seems to make. I smiled to myself when my synapses fired and fed the connection to my conscious mind.

    There is absolutely nothing interesting about a woman reading a (mediocre) sports magazine. What caught my attention was the bookmark she appeared to be using. In the middle of her magazine there was a bundle of paper, bound together with a single staple. It looked like so many of the academic papers I'd seen before.

    My brain decided that it looked like a scene from an old TV show or movie. The scene where we see a man reading 'War and Peace' or something and then the camera moves around and we see that he is actually reading a dirty magazine he has hidden within the tome.

    The idea that this young traveller was so embarrassed by the research she was doing that she had to hide it inside a Sports Illustrated struck me as funny. I pictured myself doing something similar when I was younger.

    I would read Stephen King rather then the bible I was supposed to be reading during masses/assemblies. If only graphic novels had been more popular back then, maybe I would've gotten away with it instead of spending time in detention, where I, of course, just kept on reading.
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