Customer worked in real estate assessment for the County. Attendant: the word on you guys was that properties routinely sold for much higher than you’d assessed, how do you respond? Answer: property valuations have been consistently rising. We evaluate at the beginning of a year, and by the end of the year they’re much higher.

Customer, buttoning her overcoat and advancing toward attendant seemed almost to have the power to pass through the intervening countertop, it was done with such poise and presence. (Attendant’s “personal space” felt invaded though she was no nearer than most persons approaching the counter, such was her confident stride.)

Customer would only go to certain places to inflate her car’s tires: you had to go to the ones where the pump itself measured the air pressure so you didn’t have to have your own gauge.

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