It's A Wonderful Bank

Orwell, Vt., is way off the beaten path. To get there, I fly from New York to Burlington, then drive over an hour south--well past where the strip malls and Dunkin' Donuts franchises give way to tidy fields and occasional farmhouses. After spending the night at an inn near Orwell, I discover that the proprietress doesn't take credit cards, and I've left my checkbook at home. No matter. She tells me to mail her a check later.

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