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The Potluck (book and chapter title) review and excerpt: Joe has just revealed that one of the reasons he walks is to keep boredom at bay. Continuing the story then:
Ada smiled and indicated Renee could take her seat. “Thanks Monty! And Joe, too. As for you, Renee, I am actually pleased to learn that you don’t know what a spiritual adventure is. That’s why you have come here: to meet all of us who have ideas of what it might be. Our goal is to help you initiate adventures of your own.
“Now I am going to go around the table and give a brief resume of each person here before we have dinner. I will begin with myself. I am an environmentalist, once a proud member of Greenpeace, but since then I have come to my own conclusions, some of which I am willing to share later. Later I would also be happy to suggest some alternatives to Tupperware.” Another smile in Renee’s direction.
Gesturing left around the corner to the long end of the table, she recited, “Knighted in England for his innovations in repair of the aortic valve, this doctor of medicine decided to move to our fair city to continue his work. We are greatly honored to have among us, Sir John, Mender of Broken Hearts.” This got a few laughs, but the doctor only smiled tightly as he gave his nod of acknowledgement.
“Next to Sir John is Rita Kulos. Rita works in customer service at our local cable company.” Startled, Renee glanced at her just in time to see a self-satisfied look spread across her face. Having had many unpleasant encounters with that company, Renee pondered cynically what spiritual good could possibly come out of Capable Cable!
Ada was moving on, “Mr. Fuller Banks, businessman and financier nonpareil.” Mr. Banks flashed a mouthful of perfectly straight and brilliantly white teeth.
“And next to him, Miss Lyla, exotic dancer, affectionally known to us as Dee,”
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