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January 4, 2009
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Without so much as a smile, the shop owner told me, in a monotone, that she could replace the clock's internal mechanism for $79, but doing so would disable its trademark feature, the blinking light that serves as an alarm.

I wanted to fall to the floor and flail and froth at this preposterous notion. It was bad enough this woman had no soul, but to extract that of my clock as well? I hoped that because the clock was unplugged and thus not ticking, it didnít have the ability to hear this disturbing exchange.

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