If you wonder why I haven’t posted much recently it’s because we are having one of the busiest summer seasons at the Museum, and I come home too exhausted to write.
- a beautiful young woman whose Visa card told me her name was Priya. It’s the second time I’ve served someone with that name. I have a blogging buddy called Priya who lives in India, and after I served the young woman and wondered about the coincidence, a blonde four-year-old American girl called India came to my register. Wow!
- a family from Patagonia. After I told them it was the first time I’ve seen a credit card from the Bank of Patagonia they showed me their driver’s license.
- a Russian family from the Siberian town of Salekhard [population of 42,494 according to Wikipedia]. They didn’t speak much English but with the help of their sister who lives in L.A. they told me it’s the only town in the world in the Polar circle [Coordinates of 66°32′N 66°36′E], agreed it’s awfully cold in Siberia, Los Angeles is a wonderful place, and showed me their passport.
- I watched a woman sitting on the bench opposite me taking off one shoe at a time, rubbing each aching foot, putting the shoe back on to rub the other foot… I smiled at her and said, “Make yourself comfortable and take off both shoes,” but she didn’t understand English, so I tried using sign language, but she thought I was telling her she wasn’t permitted to take off her shoes and immediately put them both back on. Oh man… I managed to explain that I sympathized with her sore feet, so she gratefully took off both shoes and tried to tell me something, but I couldn’t understand her. She was from the Philippines. When her friends came to fetch her, she gave me the fruits (in the picture below) called jujubes. Thank you, very tasty.
- When Wazir, the Security Guard, reminded the woman taking a picture to please not take pictures in the gallery she became indignant and said, “I”m not taking photos! This is my cell phone, not a bloody camera!”
- A woman sitting on the bench opposite me lifted her arm and smelled her arm pit.
- Problem with English: Do you have a hearing aid? the young man asked me. [He meant "headphones" ].
Last week I overheard a Security Guard telling a woman to put shoes on her 18 month old baby.
“Why?” I asked.
“You aren’t allowed to be barefoot in the museum,” was the answer.
That sounded ridiculous to me. I walked along the Camino with Sue Kenney who walked the route barefoot, and I photographed her when she walked “sin zapatos” off the plane into Madrid airport.
Yesterday I was surprised and happy to see a woman walking barefoot past my Satellite Store into the galleries. I’m delighted to report that no one kicked her out.