The Curious Case of Mr. Mark
Mr. Mark runs the local guitar shop. It is a refuge from the antiseptic "big box" music stores, things are agreeably informal, the walls are lined with dreams, some new and hopeful, some old and forgotten. But if your guitar is a nightmare, Mr. Mark can turn it into a dream come true. Mr. Mark turns 60 today, in honor of that milestone he held a party in his shop last Sunday. There were hot dogs and beer served among the amplifiers along with live music and tall tales. Mr. Mark's work bench is in an alcove in the store; nearby the above antique spool cabinet holds miscellany- bits of wood, some tools, and other odd things which he uses to create a part when there is none to be had. This case is older than both Mr. Mark and me- even if you added our ages together.
When I left I told Mr. Mark "I'll race you to 100."
If he can make it, I suspect his case will too.