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I suppose it’s possible that the Sundance Kid didn’t

I suppose it’s possible that the Sundance Kid didn’t like to make much of his birthdays — they may have struck him as just another reminder that his draw was getting slower by the year—but what if he truly liked a major celebration? What if he looked forward every year to marking the day of his birth with what they used to call in the West ‘a real wingding, with pink balloons and a few survivors’?

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Going out? Are you going out? He’s not going out?

Going out? Are you going out? He’s not going out? What do you mean he’s not going out? Are you out here because you’re still mad that they moved the Dodgers to L.A.? Are you going out or not? You’re not going out? I guess you’re not going out — huh? You mean go out parking in the evenings? Are you going out to park? Mr. Tepper, he asked at one point, did you ever — if you were in the middle of an interesting story in the paper or perhaps an interesting conversation with somebody who dropped in to talk to you while you were parking — notice that the meter had run out and therefore go out and put more money in the meter? If we’re both keeping an eye out, what does it hurt?

When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under

When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.

The question about those aromatic advertisements that

The question about those aromatic advertisements that perfume companies are having stitched into magazines these days is this: under the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, is smelling up the place a constitutionally protected form of expression?

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