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JOAN McNERNEY : An Accountant
JOAN McNERNEY : Grocery Cashier

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JOAN McNERNEY
An Accountant

During the day, he could calculate the secrets of ciphers grabbling with white ledgers and tight rows of numbers. Richard knew how statistical data can be rigged while cash flow double entries could conceal trouble. His eyes were wary but he still believed in good faith credit. As night grew so did his appreciation of the eloquence of one. That fat place maker known as zero. Why mystics marveled at the holy seven. While Richard slept his dreams multiplied. Suddenly long division subtracted an unknown quantity yet sums still added up. Where had his equations wandered?

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JOAN McNERNEY
Grocery Cashier

After punching in, she opens her register, counts up bills and unwrap rolls of coins. Her arms ache from yesterday. From pulling together store items, piling them in bags. Another day in this dismal place. Dim lights and cool corridors. No clock, no water fountain, no public restroom. Aisles stocked with cans, boxes, frozen foods. Pushing carts full of packaged meat, donuts, cases of beer...customers creep up in line. Trance-like they press forward with crinkled coupons, handing out cash or swiping cards. A camera is poised on her. Registers are monitored and the number of sales counted. Making sure nothing slips by, “The Man” is always watching.

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