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Sat., March 15, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

Overheard in the waiting room

So this guy who looked to be about 40 walked into a minor emergency clinic Saturday afternoon.

He approached the reception counter where two women were on duty. One was about his age. The other, a bit younger.

He explained that he had a case of pink eye.

In the course of his check-in process, he mentioned that he was going to Las Vegas on Monday. Only he didn't say "Las Vegas." He said "Vegas."

Then it was as if someone had declared a competition to see who could say that the greatest number of times in a short span of time.

"Oh, I love Vegas."

"Gotta love Vegas."

"You definitely don't want pink eye if you're going to Vegas."

And so on.

That always strikes my ear as just a wee bit affected. You know, as if saying that makes you sound as if you have an exciting life.

But what do I know? I've never been to Vegas.

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