Monthly Archives: May 2011

Manhattanhenge – Day 306

I’m going to be selfish today, because I’m going to talk about something that happens only in my little part of the world. Because everywhere else, when you live somewhere not surrounded by skyscrapers, each day brings a chance of … Continue reading

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The Sandwich: Part II – Day 303

I’m off to a conference for the day. With the roast beef sandwich, which barely fits in my bag. I need to get to a convention center that is a bus, a subway, and a shlep away. So onward. I … Continue reading

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The Sandwich: Part I – Day 302

Susan and I are gathering up our stuff to go — it was the first beautiful night of spring after a month of rain, and we had found a great little Italian restaurant with a backyard for a last-minute dinner. … Continue reading

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Cupcakes – Day 297

Bought two. Everybody wins. Mix it up.

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This Never Happens – Day 293

A customer asked me if I’d like to try a writer he loves, and I said sure. “I’ll bring you a couple,” said Benny. The very next day he arrives with a 25-pound bag of books (now there’s a good … Continue reading

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Crackers – Day 286

This is so tiny it’s almost embarrassing to write down here, but I still think that’s the way the good deeds add up. I was eating my soup in the cafe today, and a woman sat down next to me … Continue reading

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Customer support – Day 284

I’m a bookseller, and after 30+ years all over the publishing industry, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable. But the customers in the store don’t know that, and there are some long days where you feel like just a faceless clerk. … Continue reading

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