“Li珠海夜场招聘女模特-十年夜场团队高薪努力就行-珠海KTV直招女孩模特-珠海夜总会招聘-最高端，最顶级，最挣钱的夜场招聘模特日结1000-1200-1500 起步，上不封顶，你懂得n,” I’d plead as I held out the offering before him, “can you … please … I don’t know … do you think…?” And quicker than one could say, “little red light,” Lin would spring into action and together we’d voyage off into one of the eclectic recesses18 of the store to mix and match and measure until the solution precipitated19 before my eyes like a genie20 emerging from a lamp.
Was it more expensive to shop at Park’s as opposed to a warehouse? In one way, yes — if I intended to buy a big-ticket item like a snowblower or chain saw. But otherwise, no: I could buy a single screw at Park’s, and have it lovingly deposited in a little bag, for a nickel — no charge for the accompanying pleasant conversation.
At a warehouse I had no choice but to buy a box of a hundred screws, and, if I were fortunate, receive at the cash register the stock admonition: “Have a nice day.”
But I don’t want to be directed to have a nice day. Nor do I want a box of a hundred screws when all I need is one, nor told to wait because an “associate” would be with me shortly. I just want to know the location of the little red light, and now that Park’s is gone, I realize that I never will.