In all the years I’ve worked at the Museum, I’ve seen a black (titanium) American Express card less than a dozen times.
Available by invitation only, The Centurion Card is the world’s rarest American Express Card and confers a level of service that can be extended only to selected individuals worldwide.
A man used one on Tuesday. He came from Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the world.
“Quickly hide this,” said an older woman with a British accent passing me a fancy bar of soap, “I’m buying it for my sister and I don’t want her to see it.”
I’m fast. I quickly put it in a plastic bag which she slipped into her handbag, and then took her money.
Five minutes later her sister, who spoke with the same posh British accent, came to my register and bought the same bar of soap.
“Someone locked their dog in their car in the parking garage. It’s much too hot to leave a dog in a car, we came to give them a fine.”
“How did you find the owner?” I asked.
“We phoned the number on the dog’s tag.”
About 300 students aged fourteen to seventeen from the Summer Discovery Program at UCLA visited the Museum on Tuesday.
The kids I chatted with all spoke perfect English
- Otman, from Morocco
- Zeynep from Turkey
- Anastasia from Russia
- a group of 14 and 15 year-olds from Taiwan.
Some of the kids I met this month:
A three-year-old boy who wanted a ballerina tutu, and his Mom bought it for him.
I wanted to hug the Mom and dance around the store with both of them 🙂
Four-and-a-half year-old Gabriel Mendez danced for me.
Destree who is three-and-a-half. “I named him after the movie “Destree Rides Again. We call him Des,” his Mom told me.
“I don’t like it here. It’s boring.” six year-old Adam.
Anna Marie (seven-and a-half) who lives in the Valley helped me invent the putting away the postcards game.
I heard all about Hong Kong from Zoe (7) and Emily Rose (6) “who are from Australia but have lived in Hong Kong since they were born”.