A disgruntled librarian packs it up and leaves fabulous New York City behind,
going on random global adventures,
while simultaneously promoting literacy
and spreading the love of the written word.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

out of the mouthes of merchant children

so we're waiting on line to get into this gringo restaurant that serves breakfast all day ... stop me if you've heard this one ... and there is a couple in front of us, the man is white and the woman is black.  out of the corner of my eye i see a merchant child selling postcards, making his way over to try to sell his wares to those of us stuck on the line.  i avert my eyes and he passes us by, going instead to the couple ahead of us.

he walks up to the woman all proper-like, extending his hand to her.  and then he says with great sincerity, "please to meet you michelle obama!  you like to buy postcards?"

and that dear blog readers is why peruvian children can sell me almost anything.


  1. Love it!!!

    And can't believe I didn't realize you were traveling the world. Wow. Love your header photo too. You damn amazing, and the view ain't bad either. ;)

  2. thanks, lady! great to hear from you!

    yes, i am traveling the world ... but i only started a month or so ago, so you haven't missed much yet. hope you're doing well!

  3. I am indeed. Doing to be a "real" school-teacher next year. On an island in the Puget Sound. Not bad, really :)

    Have fun down south. Sounds like a glorious adventure!

  4. What was the lady's reaction?

  5. i couldn't hear what she said, but she seemed to be laughing, as opposed to crying racism. (she really didn't look anything like our first lady) she didn't buy any postcards though, so i don't know how effective this sales pitch is in the long run. i was all ready to buy some, since this interaction had amused me greatly, but he cut his loses and moved on after "michelle obama" didn't buy anything.

  6. I would also have purchased from that sweet-talking saleskid. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good pitch. In fact, I'm gonna start buying Cheerios & Prilosec merely because they feature derby girls in their current ads. I am that sucker born everyday.

  7. prilosec? really?

    i saw "whip it" for the first time the other day. it was very entertaining, although i have no idea how accurate it is.