The dreaded phone rings.
Constant Caller: What can I get for $12.
Me: Many things.
CC: What’s the best book I can get for $12. I only have $12.
Me: Depends on what you like. You should come into the store, and look for yourself.
CC: I’m coming in tomorrow. What can I get?
Me: Anything under $12. Sorry, it’s very busy and I have to go now.
ONE HOUR LATER
CC: Hi. I just found some money.
CC: What can I get for $37?
Me: Even more things than you can get for $12.
CC: How did you know I only had $12 before?
Me: I’m really busy right now. You should come in tomorrow. (When I’m not working.)
HALF AN HOUR LATER
CC: Do you have any R. Crumb books.
Me: Yes. You know this. You come in every week.
CC: Which ones?
Me: Dozens of them.
CC: How many can I get with $37?
Me: I’m very busy. You need to ask these questions in person.
CC: Can I call back in a half hour?
Me: Your best bet would be to call back after ten. (When we close)
Him: I’ll call you in a half--