Friday, June 19, 2009

A Visit from the Saltwater Buddha



When I got home from dinner out last night, Jaimal Yogis, the author of Saltwater Buddha (and many other great San Francisco surf stories) was at my house, dropping off a copy of his novel. He's in Oregon for a few book readings and scoring a little surf along the way. The guy's just as cool as I imagined he'd be. Mellow, despite the fact that his car had just overheated. Blown away by a session he'd gotten in Southern Oregon. Awestruck by the kindness of us Portland folk. I haven't read his book yet, but I'm already loving the first few lines:

"The ocean is in constant flux, and when you spend a lot of time in it you become like a floating bottle with a message inside; you know you're going somewhere, sense you have a purpose, but you also know you're at the mercy of the the winds and currents, that surrendering may be your only good option. Lately I've been surfing a lot..."

For us valleys, he'll be doing a book reading on July 2 at Powell's on Hawthorne.

You can read some of the reviews of Saltwater Buddha HERE.
Check out some more writings of Jaimal's HERE.

8 comments:

rye said...

as always, great seeing you in the water. fun hooting at the joy of watching a friend catch a wave. Looking forward to the reading. what an honor that you had such a world manly in your home. very cool.

rye said...

whats a world manly ? ha ha

Anonymous said...

Hopefully you didn't give up the same treasure trove to the buddha you seem to give up to everyone else.

Chum said...

Like where Shorties is? No, I drew him a map on a napkin with invisible ink so you'll be safe next Sunday when you charge the mushburgers.

Slim said...

What does a 25ish looking guy know about the quest for zen or whatever? I mean, it's just hard to take him seriously. Try driving 100 miles for waves with beer farts and not opening the windows...that's a test of zen.

Chum said...

Go to his show on Thursday, July 02 at 7:30 PM at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne and you can find out.

:)

Anonymous said...

Some serious bromance going down around here. Ironic the Buddha bro surfs a Santa Cruz pop out.

JYog said...

Thanks so much for the plug. It was great meeting you. There will also be live music at the July 2nd show. I'm traveling with an awesome band called Nine Pound Shadow.