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Girl in a Coma

I spent this weekend at a small arts and crafts fair. I was sitting at a booth representing the place where I work. To sum it up: I got a lot of reading ton, and almost fell into a coma on multiple occasions. The most exciting thing to happen was looking up from my magazine to an old man, whom I had never met, handing me a $2 bill.
"When you finish your book, go and get yourself a coke," he said.
This was one of those moments where I just couldn't figure out how to react. The $2 bill is, of course, the heart of the story. I sit there stunned and respond awkwardly that I don't drink sodas...of course, this isn't true, but it's all I could manage to say as he walked back to his booth as if this was normal behavior.
I am going to take a minute to discuss 'social skills.' A fairly basic concept, something we try to either embrace or defile in accordance with our classmates, friends, family, coworkers...Naturally, I expected there to be some adjusting when I…

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I cannot get The Replacements "Here Comes a Regular" out of my head. I worked in a local coffee shop for close to five years, and this song would pop into my head constantly. When I was home for the weekend, I was explaining to someone what I am doing here in WV. As I began talking about the non-profit organization, which helps with low-income and poverty stricken people in this particular county, I mentioned that one of the most popular programs is the bread & soup express. People can come in twice a week and get food for their families. I casually mentioned that it's mostly a lot of the same people each week. Regulars, if you will. My mind flip-flopped to the coffee shop and how baristas use this word to identify daily customers with deep caffeine-afflicted pockets.
One word. Two different worlds. Basic needs versus expensive habits. While coffee certainly fits in the category of "basic needs" for a lot of people (including yours truly), it has become an o…