On the corner of these two streets in East Austin, a bus arrives and unloads a single person carrying a large sack of dirty clothes. Headed for the Laundromat behind the foodmart, Michael walks around the bright pink store and enters the Laundromat to begin washing his load of clothes.
After a few minutes of being in the Laundromat, Michael walks out of the door and walks into the foodmart. He enters, looks to the cashier, motions a “hello”, and moves into the back of the store towards the drinks. He goes to the Coca-Cola, reaches in a grabs a cold can, then moves to the candy and carefully looks over the chocolate choices. He chooses Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and proceeds to the check-out counter.
José, the cashier, takes the items and scans them into the computer trying to carry on a little small talk with his customer. They discuss the weather, past and present, and José talks about how business has been slow the entire week due to the ice.
“Two twenty-three,” José says to Michael as Michael hands him a five dollar bill. José returns the change into Michael’s hand and passes him the Coke and candy. They exchange goodbyes as Michael walks out of the store and returns to the Laundromat to finish his clothes.
While walking out of one door and into another, Michael encounters a man who is carrying one full bag of cans and is working on gathering cans to fill another bag. He has seen this man before but has never interacted with him in person. Michael continues to walk towards the Laundromat drinking his Coke and eating his candy. He goes in, folds his clothes and places them into his large duffel bag again. He finishes his snacks and walks out the door towards the bus stop. As he is approaching the bus stop, he stops, hands the empty can to help the man fill his sack, wishes him a good-day and steps onto the bus.