Off to Chicago / My Sisiphean Moment

>I am off to Chicago for a few days of frolicking through their city blocks, seeing beaucoups de old friends, and hopefully eating lots and lots until all I can do is lay flat. I’m back in the middle of the week.

People ask me sometimes what it’s like to work at the Greenmarket. One of the things I sell is maple candy, and just because today was one of those days where the sun is shining, the leaves are beautiful, the breeze is cool–and the people don’t stop asking the same friggin’ question over and over–I thought I would sort of be grumpy about the whole thing and give you this, the standard exchange:

-How much is the candy?
-It’s $15 per pound, with no minimum.
-Can I just get a few pieces?
-Yes, there is no minimum.
-Well how much for a little bit?
-It depends on the weight.
-Well, like how much?
-Anywhere from about 50 cents up to a pound.
-But I don’t want to buy a pound.
-I said there is NO MINIMUM.
-So how much is just a little bit?

Now try that 9,000 times in a row.

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