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A lesson in civility

January 2, 2011

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Recently, I went out with my dad to practice for my driver’s license test. While attempting to parallel park, I saw a car waiting behind me. I pulled into the spot, doing a very poor parking job and feeling bad for holding up the man behind me. To my surprise, the driver moved forward, stopped next to my car, and applauded.

Jessica Rose/Sudbury

His luck changes

Recently on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, I noticed one of the familiar spare-change solicitors ambling along. He paused at a trash can, reached in, and withdrew what appeared to be a used lottery scratch ticket. He strode into the nearby CVS and soon emerged clutching a handful of cash and (of course) a new ticket.

Mark N. Angney/Jamaica Plain

Obsolete? Nah

After I explained a typewriter to my 9-year-old daughter, Nicole, she said, “It’s just like a computer, but easier!” Now she wants me to get her one.

Jeff Korenstein/Waltham

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