It was about eight weeks before Christmas-2012, so it must have been sometime in October of 2012. I was sitting in the Sanford, Florida bookstore, and when I looked up I observed a beautiful Asian Lady sitting across from me. Indeed, this was clearly a welcome change from the usual retired guys who inhabit the bookstore. Knowing full well that Asians have a respect for wisdom, I started a conversation with the young lady in hopes of imparting some of the Occidential wisdom that I have acquired over the years. I soon learned that the young lady was named Catherine and that she had recently graduated from college with highest honors while majoring in Asian languages. This rather shocked me since I had never met an Asian or an Asian-American who majored in any field other than mathematics, chemistry, physics, or engineering. I always thought that somewhere in the writings of Confucius, Asians were directed to major in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences.
It turned out that Catherine’s family own and operate a Chinese Buffet on State Road 46 called Sun Valley. I recommend the restaurant.
Bryan, an Irish guy like me, is the token Occidential who works at Sun Valley and is an expert on selecting NFL playoff teams. I bought Bryan a Christmas gift of a Sports Illustrated Calendar for 2013. I bought Catherine a copy of SHOGUN, a novel by James Clavell.
It has been quite a few years since I read SHOGUN, so I decided to read the novel again. I then re-read TAI-PAN, and GAI-JIN. James Clavell is an extraordinary author who relates interesting plots within subplots and also reveals the conflicting habits of the Occidential and the Oriental mind set. If you have never read Clavell, I suggest that you would enjoy his books. Also, with China owning such a large portion of the U.S. National Debt, it makes good economic sense to read or re-read Clavell if that is your joss.
R. Van Conoley