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The Quest, Rory Evans
NEW YORK CITY 09.11.00

Dear Paul,

You know how little kids with back-road lemonade stands, when they finally see a car coming, will stand up and hold up their posterboard sign, and then inch toward the middle of the road, hollering louder, desperately brandishing the sign, all but throwing themselves in front of the car to make a twenty-five-cent sale? I recently got the Daughters of the American Revolution’s equivalent treatment when I stopped by the Delaware State Visitors Center in Dover - Delaware’s unpretentious capital city - to ask a couple of very basic questions about the Legislative Hall and the Old State House. The three elderly folks staffing the desk looked up at me and blinked a few times, as though they couldn’t believe their trifocals, and then this smile just came over one woman, like, “Hey y’all, we got a live one! A real visitor!”

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