11Won’t You Have Some of My Spiced Nuts?


I was invited to a party by Tom, a publisher who lives up on Telegraph Hill. I had a hunch that I wouldn’t know anybody except the host in this case. Now, when I go to the home of a friend I usually try to bring something if it seems appropriate. It was Christmas, so I showed up at Tom’s place with a basket of my spiced nuts in hand.

The place was packed, stuff all over every surface I could see, tables covered with plates and glasses and food galore, and no place to even put down my spiced nuts. While I was standing there, looking around for a place to put the nuts, someone came up to me and helped himself to some. He figured that I was serving them to the guests and as ...

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