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05 November 2007

the appreciation is endless

: you arrive at the front of the checkout line and lay your two items on the counter. the clerk looks at you, smiles, and asks if that will be it. you contemplate the other items in the store. did you miss something? _will_ that be it? is there something more? _could_ there be something more? what else does the clerk have? you smile and nod your head. yes, sir, that will be it. i appreciate this phenomenon.

: you are two hours into a no limit texas hold 'em tournament. each black chip is worth 100 betting units. one player throws out three black chips and announces his bet, "300." the chips land in close proximity to each other, but none are touching. all three lie flat on the table. the player to his left glances down at his cards, stares for five seconds at the three black chips lying on the table, and then looks up at the dealer and asks "how much?". i appreciate this phenomenon.

: you are standing at the deli counter at your local supermarket waiting to order 0.680388 kg of boar's head brand mesquite smoked turkey and 0.453592 kg of swiss cheese. there is one other customer at the deli counter who is already being helped. no other customers are around the deli counter; in fact, no one else is remotely near the deli counter. it is just you and the other customer. the second deli counter worker approaches you, stares directly at the ceiling, and announces in an elevated tone, "next in line." i appreciate this phenomenon.

posted by paul on Mon 05 Nov 2007 at 22:26:16 est (-05:00)


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