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Deal 1185: Choices

Sticking around was instinctual, as well as the right thing to do. Instinct wants me to simply cut and run. But that would leave someone in the lurch, a betrayal that I just cannot do.

There are many paths forward from this place. Almost all of them involve me being ready to let you proceed.

You have a free choice. I won’t try to influence you. My goal here is to protect our platform, not force any particular path on you.

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Deal 1133: Road crosser

The cat sat and watched from his perch in the window. Watched in wonder at the spectacle before him. Back and forth, the chicken went. Back and forth across the road. Each time, narrowly missing oncoming cars.

This went on and on, car after car, and the chicken always ended up safe on the other side.

Clearly, thought the cat, something is not right here. Chickens aren’t all that bright, but this is a new low. And yet, somehow, the chicken has not been hit. It must be up to something.

Meanwhile, the chicken continued. Back and forth. Often with a honk and a squawk.

Finally, the cat could take it no more. He leaned out the window and yelled “Why are you crossing the road over an over again?”

The chicken stopped and thought about it for a minute, while cars dodged around her.

Finally, she squawked back “I don’t know, what is this some kind of joke? Is the punchline orange you glad I didn’t say banana?”

The cat just shook his head and went back to sleep.