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Do we?

published: 2009-12-17

Yesterday, the guy at the front desk offered me his crackers. He is a nice guy. I know he’s from Ecuador and he’s 35 and that’s about it. I’d like to know more about him, but somehow he manages to squeeze the questions in first. This evening, I ran into him on leaving the work-space the hotel lets me use. He asked how I was doing. I said I was tired and dizzy from not having eaten. His jaw dropped, “you were in there until now?”
“Almost done though,” I said.
“So has your character learned?” he asked. I had mentioned my main character made all the wrong choices. His question revealed that he had listened. Clearly, he had been truly interested. And not only that. He understood what it is I’m aiming to do. So when I responded “no he hasn’t,” he asked, “but do we?”

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