I was seated before a concert. I mentioned that I play the ukulele in small talk to the person seated next to me. He asked whether I knew about next week’s concert of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain a few towns over. I hadn’t.

He encouraged me to call about a ticket. It was free. He looked up the number on his telephone and handed it to me. He thought it might be sold out.  He mentioned that he would ask some friends if they had an extra ticket.

The concert was sold out, but I...

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