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This story was written in the spirit of fun. I wrote it to make me laugh. It would be fantastic if the reader also found a chuckle or two. As you read this hilarious account of the misadventures of Rufus P. Long you will quickly discover a person who you would enjoy slapping. Rufus is gangly, obnoxious, and a want to be recluse who is forced to mingle with society. He stands six foot seven, weighs in at around one hundred and fifty pounds, and sports a prominent nose, protruding ears, and size twenty feet. Rufus's uproarious trials begin with his unwanted graduation. After nine years of college, he catches a bus and heads for his home in Big Lizard; a small town south of New Orleans. The encounters aboard the bus are just the beginning of his amusing exploits. Rufus is forced into a relationship with a person-of-color from the bus, James Washington. This meeting ultimately results in him being unjustly arrested and sentenced to perform community service. While trying desperately to hang on to his recluse tendencies, he's ordered to work in a thrift store run by a female 'drill-sergeant.' This leads him to a nursing home that is full of wise-cracking old 'birds' and finally to coaching a baseball team of eleven year old delinquents of various nationalities. His unexpected friendship with Washington, a confused relationship with a girl friend, his association with the old folks, his involvement with the kids, his dealings with his mother, and his love of his Old Dog all force Rufus into making a decision. Do all these interactions result in Rufus remaining as he is or does it force him to change to meet society's norms? THE PROUD MISFIT is the eight book that I have written and self-published. The others are: DANCE OF THE MOCKINGBIRD -- THE PIER -- BEYOND THE CLOUDS -- THE BOOK OF IAN -- LOST -- FINDING GORGEOUS -- SHORT STORIES OF FRANK ANASTASIO.