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Big Career in the Big City by Vicki Salemi

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CHAPTER 10

BE A TOURIST(OR NOT)

Overheard on the 6 train:

“Excuse me, but we’re from out of town. Do you know how to get to 7th and 2nd Avenue?” asks the tourist wearing all plaid with an old-fashioned camera around her neck while clutching an MTA map, meekly attempting to decipher it like she’s translating a foreign language.

“Sure,” says the way-too-skinny hipster with black eyeliner, a nose ring, and tattered tote bag. “I live on Avenue B, so we’ll get off at Bleecker and transfer to the V; you can follow me.”

“Great, thanks!” replies the tourist in total disbelief. This New Yorker wasn’t only nice, she was helpful as well. “How long have you lived here?” she adds to keep the convo flowing.

“I just moved here six weeks ago. I’m going to school ...

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