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10:17 am: Human

Ran into a human this evening. Thought I would share.

His name is George, he works the late shift at the liquor store around the corner from the hotel where I’m living this week.

He had just mopped the floor when I came in. He told me this stunningly ordinary fact. I said “hey, I don’t think I tracked in too much crap.” He was like “I don’t care about that, man, I just don’t want you to fall.”

Silence reigned for about a minute while I looked at the shelves.

He asked “what are you looking for this evening?”

I replied “happiness, same as most evenings.”

“Aren’t we all. What do you you usually like?”

I don’t know why I broke out of the script at that point – but I went sideways: “Well, I’ve got a brown ale fermenting at home now – so maybe something that reminds me of home.”

He went with it: “I’ve got 10 gallons of IPA in secondary. Do you do all-grain or extract?”

And we were off. We talked about brewing, about his time in the Marine Corps, about family, about friends. He pushed me to a chocolate stout, but I went with the hyper-local belgian style ale. He’s working in single gallon batches on a hard apple cider recipe for next year. I shared my friend’s time tested approach.

We talked for about 20 minutes – then a raft of other customers came in for last call and I paid up and left.

Pay attention – you never know when you might run into another human being.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.


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Date:January 19th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Humans. They're everywhere, man.
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Date:January 19th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
My current hobby on slow evenings is to go to a randomized chat site and soldier on through the legions of porn solicitations and creepy teenagers until I actually find someone willing to have a conversation.

I can manage to find about two per night, but every one of them has been worth it.
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Date:January 22nd, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
As one of the people purveying porn solicitations on the internet, that's gotta be hard and take a LONG time, yeah?
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Date:January 22nd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I believe the human we seek is inside. When we connect with it, it allows us to see the humans around us. Well done.

(... although i'd personally use the word "spirit" -- i never quite liked the word "human".)
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Date:January 24th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
- Just stopping by to say I enjoyed this.
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