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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Not only did the clerk not make me spell "Byrne", she knew the book,

    Sounds like you were at the Strand in NYC.

    and found its inventory record in the computer in under 5 seconds,

    Except for that part....

    and authentically apologized for not having the book in stock right then.

    ...and that. I don't think the staff at the Strand apologized for anything, authentically or otherwise. :-)

  • About 6 years ago we drove from Seattle to LA (fantastic scenery, highly recommended; apart from LA obviously) and stopped for a drink in Portland. We stayed for all of half an hour and both left thinking "Portland feels really good, we'll have to go back and see it properly some time".

    And our first impressions were vindicated big style at OSCON.
  • My entire experience of Portland is summed up in one moment: I asked a young attractive clerk at Powell's if they had a certain art book by David Byrne. Not only did the clerk not make me spell "Byrne", she knew the book, and found its inventory record in the computer in under 5 seconds, and authentically apologized for not having the book in stock right then.

    Yes, it's wonderful that the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi actually hires book people to work there, not just cash-register people.

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    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge