Here's a snippet:
They entered a men's clothing store near Ashland Avenue. The large faded metal sign out front read "Mens Clothing." They swung open the door. An older man was resting his elbows on a shirt rack. They approached. Deck spoke. "We noticed your sign."
The man said nothing. Deck explained it needed an apostrophe. The man is Robert Marks, the manager. He is 60 years old and said he had been coming to this store (founded in 1914) since he was a child. (He said the sign is at least as old as he is.) He listened to them explain why the grammar on the sign was wrong. And then he shrugged, never changing his expression.
Deck asked if he had a ladder, so he could climb up and ...
"Don't worry about it," Marks said.
"We could jus ... "
"Leave it alone."
As I told the Madwoman, it just gets me that so many people in the world don't even notice punctuation errors, much less care. Either they don't read ... or they have no concept of grammatical rules in their heads. Either way, it's hard for me to fathom what it must be like to drift along through life with such a mind. If that makes me a snobby word nerd, that's OK.