August 23, 2002


Whatever it was, I was supposed to not only know what it was but be engaged in doing it, because evidently everyone else was doing it. He was aware of this and accepted it, so the question boiled down to how often and to what degree.

I had no idea what he was talking about, but given the tenor of our conversation, which I can only characterize as “on-the-level,” it seemed best to nod in agreement whenever agreement seemed called for, rather than risk being thought an idiot or liar or both.

This is how I came to admit that I periodically stole from the restaurant, the same as all the other waiters and waitresses, using the obvious method, whatever it was, but in moderation.