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"Ben is my given name, and E-Z Stomper is my street name."
"Still chasing a megabuck, Al,?"
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"We're still getting used to feeling patriotic."
"Either have dessert or a more interesting conversation."
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"I've bought home some work, which I'll be doing in my study. See you in the morning. Good night."
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"These are your friends the Erskines, sir. Madam kisses both of them. You kiss her and you shake his hand. Then you wink and say, 'Hey, how about those Yankees?' "
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"I've learned not to listen to critics who are right about me."
"Have you met my backstory?"
"Funny. I never thought of you as having legs."
"So, how long have you been old?"
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"It's your turn. I've run out of pleasantries for the gauntlet."
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'Remember, our hosts are from a swing state, so no political babble or they may snap!'
"Nice business climate we're having."
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"A banker? Can you make a living at that?"
"So, Carol tells me you're a baby."
"We'll get him to talk."
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"Yerkow says, 'Yeah, Leon, good to see you doin' so fine, too.'"
"You look good, Al, in a midlife-crisis-y sort of way."
"People used to think of Miriam as zany. Later, she was generally perceived as kooky. Now, I'm afraid, the consensus is that's she's flaky."
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"Tell me, what did you do in real life?"
"You're a latitude-and-longitude person, which will be helpful to you, I'm sure, in 1992."
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"I've always wanted to go to consecutive performances of the same symphony led by different conductors - you know what I mean?"
"So, do you come nowhere often?"
"Just do the work. No one cares if you get goose bumps."
Cocktail Napkins for Today
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