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June 16th, 2007


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09:12 am - Fruit bowling
Every morning if I go outside at the right time I'll see the fruit bowler. He's a short, older Asian man who wears a baseball cap. As he walks down the street he looks around, sizing up the perfect orange to snatch from someone's yard. Usually he picks up an orange that is already on the ground. He feels it, sometimes tosses it into the air a couple times and then swings his arm, fruit in hand before eventually releasing the orange on a measured trajectory. It's amazing to see how the fruit rolls, often skimming the edge of the sidewalk and then returning to the street. Occasionally it does land on a lawn and need to be retrieved. His pace never quickens. He simply follows the orange with his eyes first and eventually his weary body.
His skill leads me imagine that he was a professional bowler in his youth, the pains of age preventing him from hefting a bowling ball any longer. Now, on his morning promenade he relives the joys of his youth with a fruit weighing merely ounces.
Current Location: sitting in bed
Current Mood: artistic
Current Music: Inara squealing

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From:laughingstone
Date:June 18th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
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This is such a cool post. I just really wanted to say I loved reading your account and hypothesis of the fruit bowler.

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