He knew that if he steps inside the store, he'll end up buying something. Eventhough his conviction says otherwise, the flesh is weak for he still pushed through the glass doors and marched directly to the magazine stands where the current issue of Lens Work awaits.
There was a tiny voice reminding him to focus on his test prep review sessions and this photography journal will be nothing but a distraction. He developed a deaf ear, as if having a diversion will add value to his more pressing tasks.
He bought a copy and left the store thinking how will he ever get out of this vicious cycle.
(Above is a photo of a French bistro in San Francisco's sleepy neighborhood of Glen Park.)