Men Who Live Spartan Lives

I take pride in my pretensions that I live a spartan life, that I live in abject poverty, that I hate pleasure, that to be happy is to be arrogant, and all that crap, which is quite pointless as everyone knows how hedonistic I truly am. Still, I really do hate shopping–I abhor it, in fact–that I need emotional support before I buy anything of value, primarily to ward me away from the comic book shop and into the right store. I feel embarrassed strutting in the mall with shopping bags of clothes or eating relatively expensive food–such vile, vile activities, when there are other things to do, like suffer. Such scene is more embarrassing if you have a smile on, as if true happiness can be bought and such. For this I totally blame having been brought up in a Catholic school, where chastity and charity are the foremost virtues. Charity and chastity! We were told that if a nun of the congregation receives some gift from a student, like a pair of shoes, for instance, she would have to place it in a huge box and whoever among the nuns needs it the most would be the one who would receive it. Bummer.

Which is why I felt particularly sheepish when who should catch me walking across TCBATL carrying plastic bags of shopped goods but Aubs and Gene.
“Alam kong laman nyan,” Aubs declared.
“It’s… It’s…” I stammered.
And before I knew it the… cats were out of the bag. Particularly, the cat-like action figure of Indigo-1 the Indigo Lantern and the sperm-headed action figure of Blue Lantern Saint Walker!!!
“Magkano yan?” Aubs asked.
“Ah… ah…”

I know, when someone out there needs an MPPT.
And since the cats were out of the bag, why not pull out the contents of the entire fucking sack and let out… the whole set of New Guardians action figures which I’ve finally completed after months of patient comicbookshop/toyshop/toy convention hopping!!! Early morning toy rounds does indeed pay.

To end, let me quote something from the X-Files episode, Max. In it Scully stares at the stars and mumbles something when Mulder gave her some key chain as a gift for her birthday. Scully says, “Men who live spartan lives, simple in their creature comforts, if only to allow for the complexities of their passions.” This is totally not applicable in this blog entry, but I sometimes want to show off my encyclopedic X-Files knowledge.

Categories: Blogs

3 replies

  1. can you direct me to a site where I could read on the different lanterns . . . kala ko green lang, meron palang black, blue, red . . . please, please.


  2. haha! this is really funny. you are funny. Spartan life talaga, pero pagdating sa comic books and action figures, nawawala ang pagiging spartan. =) oh and the charity thing, yeah, i distinctly remember that. re gift to nuns, talaga? haha. buti na lang di ako nun material. hehehe


  3. sir: i highly recommend, and wikipedia has a comprehensive article on it too.:)ate kaye: spartan-spartanan lang talaga hahahaha pagpapanggap ang theme. can't recall kung sinong madre pero pag christmas party daw at may mga regalo sila nilalagay lang nila sa isang common box. ang sad! ahahaha.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

From The Murks Of The Sultry Abyss

Words and photos by RA-san.

Ella Thinks Aloud

A blog by Ella Mae Masamayor

sing like wildflowers

My full and kooky life as a homeschooling mommy to 2 great kids, raising a child with HLHS (Hypolastic Left Heart Syndrome), coping with depression, following Jesus, and being much too camera happy.

Eris Goes To

Food, Thoughts, and Adventure

Pinoy Penman 3.0

The continuing chronicles of Jose Dalisay Jr., aka Butch Dalisay, a Filipino collector of old fountain pens, disused PowerBooks, '50s Hamiltons, creaky cameras and typewriters, VW spare parts, poker bad beats, and desktop lint.

Lucia's Fiction

Lifestyle and Writing Tips

Life and Lemons

Life through my graded eyeglasses


A Compendium of Daily Quests, Mishaps and Sweet Escapades

Words and Coffee Writing

Navigating my writing adventures through teaching, motherhood, and cancer.

ladyveilchen writes

Nurse. Educator. Just loves life.

On the road

Life's journeys are worth sharing.


A temporary haven for my restless words

The Yearner's Park

Your one stop entertainment and lifestyle website

%d bloggers like this: