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07 Puccini in the Parking Lot

… so, i am coming out of Shoprite with my groceries when a wall of the most beautiful music hits me… i look up and there is this elderly gentleman in a bright yellow blazer shuffling around his car, the doors of which are wide open… that’s opera, i think to myself!… now, we are talking about a bleak parking lot on a hot as hell day, and this guy is blasting his music while he tends to this and that around his car… the gentleman was elderly, probably Italian, probably waiting for his wife to return with groceries, enjoying a simple pleasure, Puccini’s Che gelida manina from La Boheme… i suppose this is not everyone’s idea of wonderful, but it sure brought tears to my eyes…