Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

Virginia Arthur / Oct 31, 2020

Phat s Chance for Buddha in Houston Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation It s what you have been wondering for years just how many Buddhist monks CAN you fit into a Buick Electra convertible It s and just another typical summer day in Mapletown Indiana until

  • Title: Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)
  • Author: Virginia Arthur
  • ISBN: 9781495153433
  • Page: 332
  • Format: ebook
  • It s what you have been wondering for years just how many Buddhist monks CAN you fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible It s 1990 and just another typical summer day in Mapletown, Indiana until Uncle Phat, The Reptile or Uncle Mike, as he used to be called , wanders into the garage and gives his puberty stricken 15 year old nephew, Galen Calcoun, only about an houIt s what you have been wondering for years just how many Buddhist monks CAN you fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible It s 1990 and just another typical summer day in Mapletown, Indiana until Uncle Phat, The Reptile or Uncle Mike, as he used to be called , wanders into the garage and gives his puberty stricken 15 year old nephew, Galen Calcoun, only about an hour to pack The four of them, a squinting Uncle Phat, his beloved Ruby a 1970 ruby red white top convertible Buick Electra 225, Galen, and the three books about Buddhism that take their place in the middle of the front seat, are headed to Houston, Texas to look at an engine for Ruby They leave a note for the family and with ZZ Top blaring, take to the road Both are escaping not only the monotony of their town but also the tyranny of the cousins who by sheer numbers alone, wield chaos based control over the entire clan, the brunt of which is borne by Uncle Phat though Galen is tiring of it too, even if he doesn t know it yet Intellectuals in a sea of morons is how Galen views it ten years later as narrator, recounting their trip that includes lessons in French history from Vincennes Indiana and Cape Girardeau, Missouri Of course they have to make a stop at Mark Twain National Forest After a foray in a casino bar on a boat in Shreveport, LA, they have a run in with a bunch of gun totin nature lovers on ATV s It could go horribly wrong but Their irresponsible behavior is buffered by the people they meet on the trip that despite their antics, see the better side, invite them in, befriend them The point of the trip was what again Oh yea, getting to Houston to look at that engine for Ruby exceptAll the while, they are badgered by the family to stay in touch so they can get yelled at, chastised some , bashed for acting irresponsible Starting with the first lie, the trip is predicated on lies and when it ends, only one of them returns home Wow is now.E book only Print is POD and only available through my website Print books are 5 ea Please see my website to order print books Thank you.

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      • Virginia Arthur

        Libri III Consummatum est DONE Out soon I hope.Regarding my novels I hope you enjoy them and thank you for reading my work and leaving reviews.La De DaI am a professional field biologist of many years I have worked all over the U.S including some fantastic field years in Alaska and in some parts of Europe I am saddened that the human species has never really developed the respect for its own planet that it should but attribute this to the fact that the human species is the only one on earth aware of its own mortality throughout its entire life so of course, this affects human primate behavior basically we are all consciously subconsciously in a constant state of freaking out over our own pending deaths not to mention our life spans are relatively short In other words, we are in a trap we can never get out of and it makes us all kind of insane.Then consider the current state of human evolution still primitive regardless how sophisticated our methods for altering our environment are all of our actions to invent, exploit, etc are motivated by a still infantile desire for self gratification, this drive so strong, it overrides any real concern regarding the catastrophic implications of climate change The take home message any species that is fully aware of perils to ITSELF and ignores these perils is not really all that intelligent as a species and will likely go extinct We should be talking about these thingsbut we are living in a time when people are so unfamiliar with intellectual discussion that it is quickly labeled as negativity There is a difference between a critical intellectual discussion and negativity, the result being there is tremendous pressure by the human species to discourage other members of the human species from talking about real things he s worried about climate change He s sooo negative testimony again to the human primate s selfish desire not to have its own pursuit of happiness tampered with interrupted even in the face of planetary death If we re honest, we really don t give a shit about future generations because we don t live long enough to BECOME future generations per the original point.All of these factors make us inherently selfish, unable to TRULY plan care about future generations meaning the human species is a tragedy unfolding We will go extinct from our own actions probably long before the meteor slams into us or the sun burns oute tragedy being, as Ms Carson says, the people had done it to themselves Man himself will as surely become extinct as sequoia or mastodon, and be at length known only as a fossil John Muir, God s First Temples, 1876 C mon John Stop being so negative.


    983 Comments

    1. This is a marvellously entertaining rambling narrative based on a simple premise; a teenage boy and his black-sheep-of-the-family uncle take a road trip. But the story isn’t as simple as it seems, taking as many detours as the characters do on their adventure. The best comparison I can make is Catcher in the Rye meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance set in 1990.For anyone who grew up through the 90s, this story will conjure up many fond memories of that time: the music (on cassette t [...]


    2. I've rarely approached a positive review with such trepidation. Perhaps if I tell you that 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is the only comparable book which comes to my mind, you'll understand why.While I loved simply reading the story and appreciated the genuine ring of young Galen's voice as he slid (flailing helplessly) somewhere from childhood to young adulthood, and the wonderfully quirky but equally realized Uncle Phat, I couldn't help but feel that there was more to this fascinating novel.I suspe [...]


    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully readable story of a young man and his ne'er do well Uncle who decide to take a road trip that will have profound consequences for both of them. This coming of age story is a reminder of what many of us went through as adolescents - the struggle to understand the adult world and finding the one person who focuses the lens for us. This work is entertaining and, like Virginia Arthur's novel, "Birdbrain" filled with life lessons and insightful vignettes. So many [...]



    4. This novel reminded me of another story – “The Secret Life of Bees” that reminded me “To Kill a Mockingbird” mixed with “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film. On the other hand, all these masterpieces of American literature are not strictly comparable because of differences in the story structure, narration techniques, and the use of quotations. “Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston” is a unique comedic-drama literary fiction phenomenon, t [...]


    5. I thought Virginia Arthur’s book Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston was an interesting story. Fifteen year-old Galen Calcou takes a spur of the moment road trip with his Uncle Mike (Phat). They are driving from Indiana to Texas in Uncle Mike’s 1970 red convertible named Ruby to buy an engine. Along the way they rely on the kindness of strangers and learn about themselves and each other. I thought Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston was going to end and leave me with a bunch of question. [...]


    6. A remarkable journey that follow the exploits of two souls suddenly liberated from their everyday lives. They float down a river paved with asphalt, concrete and occasional gravel banks in a classic Buick Electra 225. Visiting towns, parks, people, bars, campgrounds, everything a river trip could offer. They meet all kinds of people, most of whom help them on their way. For one of them, it is an escape to a life of freedom from the peculiarities of civilized life that creates rapids out of ordin [...]



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