Coffe Shop Encounters Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: Part 4

2011-09-03 00.07.15

Me and "Coyote"

The stars align me with intriguing people every day. It dawned on me that by limiting my ‘Encounters’ series to people I meet at coffee shops,  I’m not tapping into my city’s full potential of awesome. With that in mind, I am officially changing this blog series to ‘Close Encounters of the Literary Kind’. In essence, no stone shall be left unturned.

Last weekend some friends and I went to a venue nearby to see a band play. While enjoying the smoke filled air on their outdoor patio, my eye caught sight of an interesting looking man lighting his cigarette. I must have had a look of horror on my face, because my friend Aldo immediately chimed in with “He’s harmless. He used to be my neighbor.” Moments later, I had the pleasure of meeting “Coyote”. Clearly, that’s not his real name, but when I pressed him, he stuck to his guns and I was in a skirt and didn’t feel like wrestling with a grown man to see his drivers license. This would be a different story had I been wearing jeans. Coyote was eloquent, courteous and surprisingly charming.  Our chat went a little something like this….

1. What book has been the biggest influence in your life?
I’d have to say Aldous Huxley. “The doors of perception”  provides an image of the world seen through mescaline. The cool fact that he understood the other world to be a world of mystics. The world of clear moments we call a mystical experience.

2. What author and/or character do you identify with most?
I deeply relate to Carlos Casteneda “The teachings of Don Juan”. It documents Carlos’ peyote experiences guided by a medicine man. He  teaches us  how to “see” instead of just “looking”. Stopping the world is the first step to seeing. I can relate because I feel as though I’m on the same journey now. It’s weird.

3. What do you think happens to you when you die?
I feel you become one with the earth. The energy from your body will be reused in life with generations to come.

4. Have you ever penned anything yourself? And if so what’s the recurring theme?
Yeah, I mostly just document my ” trips” though. There isn’t a recurring theme. No one trip is the same. Its all one big journey.

5. If you had to re-live your life as a character in a book, what book/character would it be?
I’d love to come back as Santiago from “The Alchemist ” by Paulo Coelho. He goes on this Ulysses like adventure of exploration and self discovery in an atmosphere of medieval mysticism.

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