Jordon T. Langley, Part 6

“I called several places and the most expensive one said they have a consultant on staff.  He just had a cancellation, so they can take me today.  They also have their own salon.  I have an appointment in two hours.”

“You are doing great.  If you really hate something, tell the guy, but be openminded.  You need to find your own style, eventually.  Right now, use the training wheels.”


“I’m sorry about your parents,” sighed the camera.

“They’ve been gone for years.”

“No, not that…that you had them.”

“Oh.  Well, the thing is, when you have something you often don’t know there’s anything else you could have, so it’s not so bad.”

“Are you telling me you didn’t know there was MORE out there?  That you didn’t realize they weren’t…mmm, different than other parents?”

“I guess I knew,” said Mr. Langley, softly.  “I really did want a bike.”

“You’re killing me,” groaned the camera.  “You didn’t have a bike?”

“I didn’t have much of…anything.”

“Did you at least inherent a lot when they died?”

Mr. Langley smiled.

“See, sometimes justice does actually show up.”

They both laughed.

“Before you go, let’s talk about women.”

“Uh, what about them?”

“You may have to speak to them.”

“Why would I do that?”

“Because they actually EXIST and might be in your class, or at the store, or pretty much ANYWHERE!”

“I never thought of that.”

“You’re like brand new, but really old.  How is that possible?  You went to school right?”

“I did.”

“What kind of schools?”

“Religious ones, where they beat us.  It was all boys.”

“Of course it was.  How could it possibly have been any other way?”

“Did you ever see the Blues Brothers?”


“All of our teachers were like the Penguin.”


“I have a PhD.”

“Seriously?” asked the camera, in amazement.  “In what?”

“Molecular biology.  I like cells.”

“Okay, I’m going to ask a silly question but, WHY were you working as an accountant, if you’re a molecular biologist?”

“Fewer people around and I didn’t have to talk to anyone.”

“If I could write, I’d write a book about you.”

“Thank you.”

“See, still don’t get sarcasm.”

“I think I better be on my way,” said Mr. Langley, standing.

“I’d tell you to call, if you have any questions, but, well, you know.  I can’t answer the phone.”

“Oh, right,” he said, smiling.

“You know you laughed and smiled today.”

“I did?”

“You did.”

“I guess I’m changing already.”

“I guess you are,” said the camera, happily.  “Now go have fun and be brave.”

“I’ll try.”

“Not good enough.  You have to BE brave, not just try.  Do you understand?”

“I think so.”

“Take risks and come home and tell me all about it.”

“I will,” he said, opening the door.  “I promise.”

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2 Responses to Jordon T. Langley, Part 6

  1. funny how one little thing (like a talking camera LOL) can make such a big difference!

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