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June 26, 2010
A friend had suggested she'd pay for the coffee if I would go get it from the machine. I said "Oh, it's the old 'I'll buy if you fly' game".

That agreement was popular in my youth, often in situations where there was some transaction in a strange environment and not wanting to suffer the nervousness of talking to strangers.

Of course, it would appear on the surface to be a token of generosity, but it typically wasn't. It was more a reflection that it was better to foot the bill for you and a friend than suffer uncomfortable encounters.