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April 24, 2007
This morning at 7:36, like every other, the same stone-faced lady's shoes clack-click on the pavement in front of the condo building that Luis is hosing down as part of his morning maintenance routine. The 15 minutes he spends on this task costs the company $2.50, an amount it takes the lady 30 seconds to earn.

As usual, he stops the water flow when she is several feet away. He doesn't want mist to reach her. As usual, he braves a smile, but it is not returned.

Starting tomorrow morning, he'll keep the water running. And also keep the smile.