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  • 365 Faces / Day 120

    Human mind is infinitely interesting. Spencer, a 23-year old son of one of my closest friends, is a very talented sci-fi and horror writer, just starting up his literary career. His mind works in the most unexpected and twisty ways. He is a 23-year-old combo of a gore geek, true gentleman and a beloved teddy bear.

    During Comic Con in San Diego, Spencer, his mom and I had one of the most unusual and memorable conversations ever. So much so that the two waiters serving us blatantly followed our talk, fascinated with the rapid twist and turns of imagery and ideas we kept pouring out spurred by each other. They thanked us profusely when we were leaving for painting a world of ideas that they never knew could be.

    Great conversation works best when there is fresh, surprising stuff to talk about with an open mind. Words are like chess pieces, fireworks, triggers, and gateways into ideas. They keep changing the visions in front of our inner eyes; spoken thoughts are never quite solid or with completely defined edges and thus always magical. The more the speakers experienced and bring into it, the further they take each other onto a new trip.

    I loved this conversation, and still think of it often. It stands out from our usual LA daily gossip, trivia, to do lists, complaints and "organ recitals" what hurts or what was nipped or tucked. I am so bored with it! I want to be swept away with stories and art of language! Thankfully Spencer and Val take me there whenever I see them.

    Here is to Spencer, and to everything that shaped him into the amazing guy he is growing up to be: his family's love and his mother faith and perseverance to always believe that with attention and dedication they can overcome any and all challenges.

    With his ADD, and maybe because of it, Spencer is one of the most interesting 23-year olds I ever met. It hadn't stopped him, in fact just the opposite. Awe-some!
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