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By Catherine Gildiner

Welcome to the formative years of Catherine McClure Gildiner. it's the mid-1950s in Lewiston, ny, a sleepy city close to Niagara Falls. Divorce is unparalleled, moms put on excessive heels to the wonder salon, and tv has merely simply arrived.

on the gentle age of 4, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She stocks a few of their memorable deliveries-sleeping tablets to Marilyn Monroe (in city filming Niagara), sedatives to silly endure, a violent Tuscarora leader, and fungus cream to Warty, the mild operator of town unload. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from harmful sled rides that take her "too on the subject of the Falls" to tipsy dances with town priest.

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So here is my question. If my son can have his choice of a seemingly limitless range of scrupulously engineered, biomechanically efficient footwear, why does my computer keyboard suck? This is a serious inquiry. 01 5/18/00 40 12:45 PM Page 40 Bill Bryson My computer keyboard has 102 keys, almost double what my old manual typewriter had, which on the face of it seems awfully generous. Among other typographical luxuries, I can choose between three styles of bracket and two kinds of colon. I can dress my text with carets (^) and cedillas (~).

The point was that I had disregarded a posted notice and would have to serve a small sentence in purgatory in consequence. It would be entirely wrong to say that Americans love rules any more than it would be correct to say that the British love queuing. These things are done not with enthusiasm or affection but out of a more or less instinctive recognition that these are useful ways of helping to achieve and maintain a civilized and orderly society. Generally this is a very good thing. There are times, I have to say, when a little Teutonic order wouldn’t go amiss in England—for instance, when people take two spaces in a parking lot because they can’t be bothered to park correctly (the one offense for which, if I may speak freely here, I would support capital punishment).

The possibility that I would buy a time-share in Florida over the telephone from a stranger is about as likely as the possibility that I would change religious affiliation on the basis of a doorstep visit from a brace of Mormons, but evidently this feeling is not universal. According to the New York Times, telemarketing in America is now worth $35 billion a year. That figure is so amazing that I cannot think about it without getting a headache, so let us move on to retail development number two.

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