And unbelievably, they (9 times out of 10) say yes.
I don't know if it's motivated by the desire to help me, or if it's because they too want their work recorded before it's gone. Maybe it's because no one has ever asked them what they have spent many years of their adult lives engaged in (sometimes not even their own spouse) and they're happy to have the chance to share.
In any case, right here, right now, I just want to thank everyone who's helped me so far. We're recording the world as it disappears, and I believe future generations will be grateful for this history.
And thanks especially to Sophie, the cinema projectionist, who has promised to share all the secrets of that world with me tomorrow night.
The kindness of strangers is a wondrous thing. May it never be obsolete...