I Swear I Bought This Calendar for The Scenery — And The Books


Hot Dudes Reading

2017 Wall Calendar (Includes a page with grids of Sept.-Dec. 2016)

Chronicle Books


ISBN-13:  978-1452152578

Today, I bought my first 2017 wall calendar.  I buy a few each year, to “redecorate” the apartment.

The bookstore clerk who handled the transaction didn’t find it especially awkward, until I made it awkward.

I don’t recall the exact words, but I said something to the effect that I wanted the calendar for the beautiful New York City Transit images. And they are lovely.

How embarrassing.  The man at the counter was a bookstore employee, for goodness sake.  Couldn’t I have just admitted I wanted a book-themed calendar on my wall?  He knew.  I was the one who stupidly called attention to the calendar’s sexy appeal, by suggesting I hadn’t even noticed the books.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

The clerk and I found the whole thing terribly embarrassing.  The poor guy’s probably thinking about quitting his job now, and it’s unlikely I’ll be showing my face in that store again for a long time.

When we shop at Victoria’s Secret, do we deny that we wear underwear?  Of course not.  It’s just a matter of behaving respectfully with people who have to tolerate the asshat public.  In a bookstore, I shouldn’t have tried to hide an interest in reading.

By the way, I’m now following Hot Dudes Reading on Instagram.

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