Mel and Anne Strauss met while commuting back and forth to Manhattan jobs on the Long Island Railroad. They have both since lost their salaried positions. She was laid off in 2008 from a job in public relations. Like Fromm, he has a master's degree, but now, the only job he can get is selling on commission. And to get that, he has to live in upstate New York with a married son, while Annette stays in Long Island. He has cancer. This is beyond Willy Loman anguish - honest.