An interesting read, and the cost of the .PDF easily covered by my new favorite quote, taken directly from the short story: "If small talk is the loose change of conversation, then small talk while waiting in line is the ignored penny on the sidewalk of small talk." Well-written and almost overly descriptive, the story offers a very different perspective on what in other books might be a brief conversation. It's nice to read a story that provokes thought even after the book (albeit a small one, in this case) is closed. Good stuff, Mr. Simon. I look forward to future installments in your Dark Veritas series. Four stars, only because I wish it were longer.