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Someone at work was saying, “There are two things in life you can’t ever give away: one is a Jacuzzi, and the other is a pool table,” and she tried to block the conversation out, because she was concentrating on an email to her supervisor and because she knew a thing or two about giving things away, both the physical and the not physical, and someone else had burned a bagel in the toaster again and the smell from the kitchen was getting stronger, closer.