In the end, I was the one rewarded. A hiking companion unexpectedly gave me a pedometer. In Silver Spring, a clerk gave me a free bagel because it was 5 o'clock closing time, and she "would just throw everything away anyhow." And, on a late summer afternoon, I was in the lobby of the local ice rink, where I had indulged in my hobby of skating. Alone except for a young girl, about 11, I was almost out the door, when she blurted. "Want a Charm?" — the child was almost levitating with joy — "Look, I found a whole pack of Charms in the machine. I'm so lucky. I can't believe it, I didn't even have to pay. Want one?"