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..: Impossible Grace
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I spent all morning in the Manhattan Beach Frye's. It was one of the first times I'd ever been there by myself. Sure, I'll go with Clinton or Yush or someone, but today it was just me and the store, with nobody to guide me. And I love it. I stayed in the tools aisle for 40 minutes, just looking at all the kinds of tools and things. I spend a good length of time at the PS2 display, looking at all the various 3rd party accessories. The PS2 had only come out 2 days ago, so I guess I was suprised to see so many PS2 accessories and games on sale. From the story the news was painting about the PS2, I thought there would be a big burned-out hole in the wall where the PS2 section would have been.

I saw all kinds of things I've never seen before. When I brought my purchases up to the counter, an amazing thing happened. The guy at register 25 was actually knowledgable about my purchases. "This CDR spindle is also available for $9.99," he says. "Are you sure it's the same one?" I ask, skeptical. "Yes. Would you like me to go get it?" he offers. I was stunned. A Frye's employee willing to leave his chatty coworkers and walk on foot and personally retrieve a lower cost item to save me a few dollars. This I had to see. I took him up on it. About 3 minutes later, he returns from the far end of the store with my cheaper spindle of CDs. And yes, it was identical. To top it all off, the woman at the door--you know, the highlighter-weilding gaurd who approves your re-entry to the real world--actually inspected my entire purchase. Thoroughly.
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