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I Finally Said It

I’ve heard the same comment five or six times at the Starbucks on Pacific Street in Santa Cruz, each time from a different barrista.

“Five bucks? That’s a lot for a newspaper!”

Today, instead of smiling weakly and obediently proceeding to the dark corner near the bathroom where we wait for our caffeine, I replied, “Three dollars is a lot for a cup of coffee. And the Sunday New York Times lasts all day.”

Then tipped, smiled, and proceeded to the dark corner.

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