New Life Episcopal Church

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Negotiation

A faraway city where cameras and watches are sold for a song, I shopped for binoculars. An acquaintance said, “You must negotiate the price. I’ll help you!” We found a store with exactly what I wanted. The back and forth began. At last, the price agreed, I paid for my binoculars and we turned to leave. The proprietor said, “Wait!” He went behind a curtain and returned with two bottles of 7-Up, a straw in each. “For you!” He smiled and bowed. My crestfallen negotiator confessed, “It’s the custom. They give you a drink if they’ve won the negotiation.”