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April 4, 2014

the kind manager at the auto shop did me a solid

tossed me the keys to the shop shuttle

so I could go about my day while they turned wrenches

a Prius, too, so I could feel good about my place in the world

 

realizing soon that driving around in a white car

emblazoned with blue screaming “Courtesy Car”

and bearing the name of the establishment

was a bit of a stricture as well

 

I drove all day with uncommon courtesy

not too fast and not too slow, allowing others to go first

cutting off no one, smiling at all times

reserved, restrained, respectful

 

subtle social pressure, invisible obligation

awareness of eyes all around

making me a better man

 

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