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George tried for the third time to get all the wheels on his shopping cart to go in the same direction, but something -- bearing? socket? -- was beyond repair.
Swapping carts was tricky. George knew all about it: if you went to a grocery store parking lot for a new one, you had to stand there and transfer everything from your old cart in plain sight, and that took a lot of time, and the store manager might see you.
If you left your cart around the corner -- the loaded one with all your valuables -- and went to fetch a new one, you could be robbed.
That had happened to Jerry The Voice when he tried to make the switch at a Wal-Mart. He had lost everything -- years' worth of blankets and boots and a transistor radio -- the radio was the worst. People had paid Jerry The Voice to do the commentary on baseball games during the World Series.
He would sit in Gleason Park on a grassy hummock with the radio to his ear and do the play-by- play in a voice that could'a been Cosell's. Everyone came to hear, but if you wanted to listen, you swapped him five cigarettes for the privilege or half a bottle of cough medicine or a package of Hostess Twinkies or a beef jerky stick. When Jerry hollered, "And it's OUTTA HERE," all eyes would follow the unseen ball's great arc over the diamond, over the stands and over the wall to joyville.
George contemplated his wobbly wheels and weighed his options: Go for the slow swap in full view, or leave his cart vulnerable and unguarded?
Or, wait, maybe there was a third option: if he could find Small Alice, she would guard his buggy for him.
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