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I was walking along yesterday a few blocks from home and I passed a local store that calls itself a "General Store & Deli." It has about a dozen tables in the back where you can have sandwiches and gourmet cheeses and such, but the front section of this store contains board games and novelties, a pretty wide selection of wines, beers from microbreweries, and a whole wall full of hot sauces. Must be 250 different brands: Thai, Mexican, Indian, Korean, everything.

The owner of this place is a nice young guy except for the fact that nobody except him is allowed to have a good idea, and nobody but him has ever had a good idea.

He was running a sidewalk sale yesterday so I stopped and said, "Mike, do you sell Sabrett's hot dogs in there?"

He said, "I don't know of that. There's a Sabrett's that sells hot dogs."

I said, "That's what I asked you."

He said, "Oh, I thought you said hot sauce. No, I don't carry those hot dogs. They're kind of low-end. Skinny little things, the kind of things that you might buy from a street vendor."

Hey, I'm just reporting what he said.

Jim Donnelly



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