Friday, January 21, 2011

365 Jobs, Day 21: Honest and Wonderful

Cross-posted from my new blog, 365 Jobs:

Wednesday, January 21, 1987

A ridgetop house with a view of the ocean far below.  Open floor plan, nice art, big windows, telescope.  An efficient house occupied by an efficient woman: Jane.  She's a schoolteacher, Volvo-driver.  With Jane I discuss installing some outdoor floodlights. 

Quickly we agree on a plan.  Jane says, "Are you honest and wonderful and all that?"

"Yes," I say.

"Then here's where I hide the house key.  Just leave a bill on the table.  I'll pay it because I'm also honest and wonderful and all that."

I do, she does.  Honest and wonderful - and busy.  All that.

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