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We have threads for annoyances and what made us cheerful, but then there's those weird things that happen.....   My workplace is particularly fertile ground for the surreal. 2 current examples:

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I keep forgetting to post about this. Okay, hold these two thoughts in your head:


1. If you're a New Yorker, you have probably come across the potato-peeler spieler. The nattily dressed gent with the white hair and the English accent, who squats around town - Union Square, Sixth Avenue - demonstrating and selling five buck potato peelers. Right? And let me mention that the peelers are superb, and worth every cent.


2. A couple of years ago, I dined solo at Atelier. Being "known to" the restaurant, I naturally had the chef "cook for" me. It was very soignee, of course. :lol: . Knowing it would be a long meal, I ordered a bottle of wine to follow my aperitif. At the next table sat an older couple, a man with a British accent, and his American female companion. I could hear him muttering about me: "Look, 'e's 'ad a glass of champagne, an' now 'e's ordered a bottle of wine, all for 'isself." I never forgot that.


Those of you who have seen the current Vanity Fair magazine will guess where this is going. It features a profile of the dextrous potato-peeler, and reveals that he is a street seller by day, and haunts the city's fanciest restaurants by night. And of course it was none other than he sat next to me at Atelier.


But without seeing the VF article, I don't think I would ever have realised that they were one and the same man.

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