It was years ago – perhaps in another reality – but a man came up to me and asked:
Do you have what it takes?
I said, “What are you talking about?”
What It Takes … he repeated.
Then he showed me a book.
I looked down and saw the title of the book, written large in Sharpie on Duct Tape over a floppy leather cover, it read: What It Takes.
I reached out for What It Takes and he quickly put it behind his back.
I said, “Let me see it.”
He said, What?
I said, “Give me What It Takes.”
What do you mean? he said.
“What It Takes! You showed me a book, you said it was What It Takes and now you’ve hid it from me.”
Well, that’s my point, he said, you don’t have it.
“I know,” I said. “May I have it?”
You can only have it with me attached to it …
What it takes.
“What do you mean?”
You said, he said, that you wanted What It Takes … I’m willing to give it to you …
“Well, okay! Give me What It Takes!”
Ah … not so fast, my friend, you must …
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