Like any good trust-building exercise, it started when a moment of tension took a sharp left turn into the unexpected.  I was down to visit with Jonas, an Amish carpenter, about how my associates and I were going to sell his craftsmanship on the internet.  More than a meeting of cultures, centuries were colliding.  The moment of truth came when he went to ask his apprentice sons about a few details.  Rather than turn away for privacy, Jonas simply slipped into his native language, Plattdietsch.  I caught it immediately.

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