By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
"Hey, Dad, do some people work in stores just so they can get the employee discount?"
"Yeah, I think some people do that."
"I think that's a good idea."
"Yeah, I guess. Except if you're going to do that, you better make sure you really like what the store sells and are going to want it over and over. I mean, it's stupid to do that in a store where you only want one thing."
"If I was going to do that, you know where I'd work?"
"Because they've got great dinnerware."
"[. . .]"
"They do. A spoon there costs like 25 bucks."
"[. . .]"
"You gotta have spoons."
"Yeah, you gotta have spoons. Are you serious? Williams-Sonoma?"
"[Excited.] Yes. [Voice lowered.] What? . . . [Flatly, registering dread.] You're going to write about this in 'Diary,' aren't you?"