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203. The Careful Reader
Simon, a college grad, always pointed out the
in his brother Brevyn's emails. "When are you
to stop confusing 'its' with 'it's'?" he often
. Brevyn, a high school grad, said that nobody
Brevyn knew that Simon was “book
,” but he didn't think Simon was very “street
.” Years ago, Simon had bought stereo speakers from
street vendor. When he arrived home, he called
over to help him set up the speakers.
was excited because he had gotten the speakers
half price. The brand new speaker boxes said
, Model No. A-682ST, Made in Japan, etc.
was disappointed and angry when he discovered that
boxes contained only old magazines. Brevyn was amused. “
you get a receipt?” Brevyn asked. “Did you
the guy about his return policy? Did he
you where his 'store' is going to be
Brevyn visited Simon to show him the new
he had just put on his Honda Accord.
they were talking in Simon's living room, Simon
Brevyn an air pump he had recently purchased. “
your new tires ever go low, you can
them up super-fast with this. It pumps air
the tire on the downstroke and the upstroke.”
said, “You must be kidding. I’ve never heard
a pump that pumps air on the upstroke.”
tried out the pump. “There’s no air coming
of here on the upstroke,” he told Simon.
course there is. Read the label on the
Brevyn read the label. “Ha! Listen to this: ‘
volume air flow on both up and down
.’ The air ‘flows,’ all right, but it flows
on the upstroke, not out. The label writer
you, Mr. English Major. What have you got
say for yourself?”
"Let’s go outside," Simon said. "
I can find a small nail in one
your new tires."