Ball of String

At Elliot Bay Books today, I was waiting while my purchase was being rung up. A cashier stood at the end of the counter twisting a length of kite string around a perfectly round foot-in-diameter ball of string. Three of his co-workers hung back, waiting for customers. They paid no attention to their co-worker — or anyway, they paid him no more attention then they would have if he had been straightening a stack of magazines. I ignored him too, pretending that I wasn’t both confused and impressed by his creation.

2 thoughts on “Ball of String

  1. “I ignored him too, pretending that I wasn’t both confused and impressed by his creation.”

    Posts like these give me the urge to someday take a side trip, an extended layover, just to follow you around for a couple of hours, watching you watch.

  2. That’s what I spend most of my free time doing, and it’s a worthwhile experience. I’d recommend it.

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