Hub slipped the snazzy black folder under my side plate at lunch the other day. As usual, he didn’t comment. On the back were the words: “Exceptional relationships deserve to be recognized”. Of course my heart beat faster. I mean, it was from Amex Bank of Canada. Over the years, I’ve worn the black coating off the numbers on numerous gold cards, spending tens of thousands of dollars on travel, food, clothing, shoes, art, books, auto repairs, fuel, gifts, electronic equipment, office supplies and what have you. Finally, finally….I was going to get some recognition for my fidelity to Amex. A reward. I carefully detached the clear adhesive glue-glob from the flap and slowly slid out a bright orange-caramel coloured missive, not wanting to…

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