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Tue Mar 20, 2012, 02:52 PM

55. In 1985,

after extensive research led me to realize that the S&L industry was about to go belly up, I moved to the Ozarks with the help of my sister and her husband. My sister and I are predominantly Caucasian. My brother-in-law is African-American, Native American, and Caucasian, with skin the color of milk chocolate.

We stopped for breakfast at a small diner in Hope, Arkansas. We were seated by a young woman whose youth probably contributed to her inability to hide her apparent shock and disgust. The waitresses, glaring and grumbling, congregated in the corner farthest from our booth. After a 20 minute confab (during which my BIL adjured us to remain seated and politely exercise a form of non-violent resistance), the eldest of the women slammed glasses of water on our table and asked 'what do you want!?' She would address only my sister or me. My BIL ordered his own meal, to the back of her head. All three of us remained calm and polite.

We could watch the preparation of our food, so were fairly confident no one spat in our water or on our plates. However, it was the longest and most difficult meal of my life.

We thanked our waitress, and left a 20% tip. I've often wondered if her experience with us made any difference.

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