Geltner slammed the table, with his open hand and shouted: “Think about? In your shoes I wouldn’t waste time thinking. I’d be shaking the hand of the man who made the offer. What do you have to lose? I don’t mind telling you, I’m the one who asked Sottili to look into your background. He thinks you’ve been up to something, but he can’t find any evidence and I don’t give a damn if he does. Me, I think you’re just an old-fashioned American eccentric, a Bohemian with nice manners and a collar and tie. I’ve knocked around myself, and while I’m all for old-fashioned family values, there are some places where the rules don’t apply.”
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Fly to Mexico City some time and go to the Museum of Meso-American antiquities in Chapultepec Park. They don’t pull any punches. I had real nightmares for several days after seeing the so-called ‘Aztec Calendar.’ It was actually a sacrificial stone depicting their sun god. His tongue is shaped into an obsidian knife that was used to cut the beating heart of the victims who were still alive.”
“Why did they do that?”
“Maybe they thought it tasted better that way. The biggest food fad in China these days is to eat live animals while they are still squirming in the mouth.