By Tom Robbins
While the inventory marketplace crashes at the Thursday prior to Easter, you—an formidable, even if ineffectual and never completely moral younger broker—are confident that you’re dealing with the Weekend from Hell. prior to the industry reopens on Monday, you’re going to need to scramble and scheme to hide your butt, yet there’s no manner you could count on the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the autumn from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion on your lifetime of a tattooed stranger rationale on blowing your brain and so much of your fuses. Over those fateful 3 days, you can be compelled to confront every thing from mysterious African rituals to mythical amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to road violence, out of your personal sexuality to outer house. this is often, in the end, a Tom Robbins novel—and the writer hasn't ever been in finer shape.
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Riding again from the Ballard Locks at some point, the place he'd long past to monitor the once a year salmon migration, he spotted the signal for the Thunderbird Bowl and stopped in on a whim. seems the bowling noises truly did remind him of thunder, and he took to striking available in the market, even supposing he by no means bowled a body. And at some point, he up and purchased where. ” “Twister owns the bowling alley? ” “He owns the bowling alley and another factor. that is what i am getting at. He switched over the basement into dwelling quarters so he may possibly lie in mattress and hear “thunder' within the “sky,' the best way he used to do at the Plains. on the fee, i did not imagine it was once a lot of an funding, yet joy's continually extra vital than juice. Or do you disagree? there has been area in Thunder residence for 2 huge residences, and while he provided to hire one in all them to me, I felt like that man within the video clips, you recognize, the “only white guy the natives belief. ' i used to be living in a hotel room on Aurora street on the time, so any approach you sliced it, Thunder condominium was once a step up. after they brought all-night bowling, in spite of the fact that, my Z's became X's. misplaced a good quantity of good looks sleep sooner than I tailored. i was thought of dashingly handsome. ” through whom, you're thinking that, biker chicks whose boyfriends have been all in legal? yet your drink arrives, and with it a clean saucer of peanuts, so that you make no reaction past rolling your eyes. “Couple of years after Thunder condominium turned my fundamental homestead, tornado obtained seduced by way of the paintings industry. Fell in with the incorrect crowd and commenced attending events the place visitors stripped bare and watched Sotheby auctions through satellite tv for pc. To be reasonable, the artwork scene was once producing jumbo juice in these days, costs have been doubling actually in a single day; each paint-spattered cockroach in SoHo used to be using round in a stretch limo, and in case you have been a useless eu artist, at any time when the auctioneer's gavel got here down, you'll twirl back on your coffin. So, i used to be merely half-shocked whilst tornado shelled out 3 million clams for a drawing by way of Van Gogh. ” “Wow! 3 million for a Van Gogh drawing? ” “Yeah, however it was once by means of Vincent Van Gogh, Gwendolyn, now not his brother, Elmer. the cost wasn't out of line on the time. the matter was once, 3 mil was once the sum overall of Twister's resources, other than the bowling alley. and some years later, whereas he used to be watching for his smeary little drawing to quadruple in worth, the japanese creditors got here to their senses, and the ground fell out of the artwork marketplace. A Dutch industrialist provided him 8 hundred grand for the piece, yet i assume Twister's received a genetic reminiscence of the long island Island deal. He would not promote. finally, Twister's daddy obtained wind of his boy's artwork folly, and he flew right into a shamanic tizzy. He confirmed up at Thunder condo one evening in his buffalo gowns and demanded to work out the drawing. good, the Van Gogh were kept in a financial institution vault ever given that its buy, and that drove the previous guy nuts. “You waste massive fortune on photo you no longer even examine? ' He compelled tornado to carry the Van Gogh domestic and grasp it on his wall.