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Asphalt by Al Ortolani | Thursday, July 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

July 14th, 2016

Episode 646 of 788 episodes

The road crew hired temps between semesters to stand beside the hopper shoveling. The foreman disliked college students. He never learned our names, referenced us by the tools we carried—Skip and I were Shovels, scraping the hot mix into the conveyor. Ronnie the college drop-out advanced to Rake. He followed the paver, flicking the screed... Read more »

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