Great Southeastern Prose and Ideas Company

In an attempt to cut down on the expense of college, I navigated the curriculum efficiently and managed to graduate in three and a half years.  As a result, about 20 years ago I went home to live with my parents for nine months before starting a graduate program in public administration.  Starting over with a new program meant that I needed to save up some money for an apartment deposit and other expenses.  For reasons I can’t recall, I visited a neighborhood drug store called the Brunton Drug Company.  The proprietor, Bob Brunton, hired me to make deliveries and work the cash register as needed.  

I almost quit the job before it began.  Bob showed me the truck I would use to make deliveries.  It was a Mitsubishi Mighty Max with a stick shift.  I did not know how to drive a stick shift.  I went home, downcast…

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