Attendant, having failed to tear off credit card slip in first attempt with dominant hand, arm crossing torso, succeeded in second attempt with subdominant hand, arm parallel to torso.

Customer surprised and impressed us all by how succinctly he explained why a point near the circumference of a spinning wheel traveled faster than a point near its center, saying “the angular velocity was the same but the speed was different.”

Customers were large church group, having lunch during their “service day” (a day they set aside for works of an exceptionally charitable kind): two grilled cheeses, two hot chicken sandwiches, a large black iced tea, a medium cappuccino with whole milk, a medium mocha raspberry blended coffee drink, a large strawberry smoothie, a ham and cheese quiche, a small iced chai, a chicken salad sandwich.

That moment when a customer’s hard-to-reconcile ideas about politics finally congeal into a well established political identification — “oh so he is a Sanders supporter”, “oh so this is a Tea Party person.”(I’d observe anecdotally this will seem usually to happen with people of your more extreme views to left and right who will dwell on the less commonly reported stories and whose ideas about things will seem to mirror each other at times — for instance, in support for Russia or in distrust of the Federal Reserve — making it hard to discern where they’re coming from. Another group in this category is immigrants who will sometimes seem to hold both left and right mainstream views, as I would identify them, depending on the topic (eg. strongly supporting international institutions while also strongly opposing affirmative action). Conversely, and perhaps paradoxically, it is easier, on the basis of conversation alone, to discern the political identification of moderates, who will simply say the sorts of things that mainstream Democrats and Republicans say on the television.)

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