“Fellow comes into a lumberyard.” Says to the guy, “I need some four-by-two.”
“You mean two-by-fours?”
“Just a minute. I’ll find out” He walks out to the parking lot, where his buddies are waiting in the car. They roll down the car window. He confers with them a while and comes back across the parking lot and says to the lumberyard guy, “Yes. I mean two-by-fours.
Lumberyard guy says, “How long do you want them?”
“Just a minute,” fellow says, “I’ll find out.” He goes across the parking lot and confers with the people in the car and comes back across the parking lot to the lumberyard and says to the guy, “A long time. We’re building a house.”
Annie Dillard, An American Childhood