Just as I was closing the bookstore tonight, a lady came in with her two little girls. Five minutes later they brought their purchase up to the counter: An Inconvenient Truth. I chatted with the lady as rang her up and waited for her credit card to go through.
Lady: I didn't realize this was a book too.See, Al Gore called his truth "inconvenient" because after you learn it you're supposed to modify your life in ways that make it, you know, less convenient. Like maybe not carrying your book on environmentalism home in a plastic bag.
Me: Really? Have you seen the movie?
Lady: No. I really want to but I live in Richmond. Have you?
Me: I haven't had a chance.
Lady: Do they show it down here?
Me: (laughing) Um, no.
Lady: Well people are a bit more liberal here than they are in Richmond. It's supposed to be a great movie.
Me: I've heard it's very powerful.
Lady: Apparently once you see it you want to run right out and start recycling or something.
Me: Yeah. (looking at the book) Poor Al Gore. He has such a good heart but nobody really pays attention to him because he's such a nerd.
Lady: I just love Al Gore.
Me: Me too. Do you need a bag for that?
Lady: Yes please.
I SO hope she recycles that bag!