Today’s <i>Read Between the Lines</i> Conversation
Sometimes there’s more there than meets the eye.
I am paying for gas in the little gas-station kiosk.
Me: Pump number seven.
Man in the Kiosk: Seventeen-fifty.
Me: (Handing him a twenty) Here’s twenty.
Man in the Kiosk: Interesting.
Me: Excuse me?
Man in the Kiosk: Nothing. He hands me my change.
Me: Why was it interesting that I gave you a twenty?
Man in the Kiosk: It wasn’t.
As I writer, I must know the answer. People get annoyed by this, I figure.
Me: Do most people give you twenty dollar bills or do most people give you two tens?
Man in the Kiosk: Excuse me?
I take my change.