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Nathan Pensky

Nathan Pensky is a writer and editor living in the Bay Area. His work has been published in Forbes, McSweeney's ...

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You say your name and offer your hand over the table. The stranger grabs it with a sideways-shooting motion and waggles your arm like one end of a jump rope.

Finally, desperately, you decide to
take one of the pills given you by the strange man who believes he
loves Nickelback. The rash almost immediately heals.