Michel Pireu Columnist

From Linda Bradford Raschke’s book Trading Sardines: An older gentleman was walking along the wharf watching the fishing boats return from a hard day’s work ... a group of men crowded at the end of the wharf ... They were bidding on a rare can of sardines. "Hundred dollar bid, hundred dollar bid, now one ten, now one twenty, will you give me one thirty?" The energy from the crowd was infectious. Overcome with emotion, the gentleman started raising his hand too, driving the bid even higher. "One sixty bid, now one sixty-five, will you give me one seventy? Going once, going twice." Heart racing and determined not to be outbid, the gentleman raised his hand a shouted, "One seventy-five!" The auctioneer twirled around and said, "Sold!" The gentleman could hardly believe it. He was the winner. He tried to catch his breath as the other men patted him on the back and dispersed back to their homes for supper. The gentleman couldn’t wait to get back home to show the prize to his wife. Beamin...

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