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Competition was fierce

One of my habits  — about which I have mixed feelings — deals with the transfer of money from my person to others’ pockets. I wrote about this at least once before and almost immediately received a churlish email condemning me for making beggars’ situations worse.

You see, the American way is for people to make their own way, to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, to make hay while the sun shines, and other cliches.