Yesterday, a man approached me in the mall and kindly demanded to know if I was from New York. Shaking my head no, I attempted to correct him. Without skipping a beat he enthusiastically countered with the wild guess of Italy.
Yes. Italy was his second guess. I don’t get it either.
Finally, we straightened out that I hail from Minnesota. As abruptly as it had begun, the conversation ended. A look of confusion swept his face and he turned to walk away.
Wow. Sorry to disappoint, buddy.
There were so many odd things about that exchange. For instance, how he initially reached out to shake my hand and proceeded to hold onto it firmly throughout the entire (bizarre) conversation.
I have chosen to focus on the primary issue here though. If you are from the United States, you absolutely must be from New York. Anywhere else is irrelevant. It may not even exist.
That’s not true. You could originate from Miami. I am convinced this is the only other known location to Brazilians. They often fly there to shop since the combined cost of trip and goods are less than purchasing the same items here. The next time you pass through Guarulhos International Airport, observe locals as they reenter the country… the amount of checked baggage per individual is absurd. Brazilian visitors spend an average of $2,053 during their stay in the city, totaling more than any other international tourists. For the first time in my life, I understand the importance of duty-free.
Today I stumbled across this tourism ad… What are the chances that Brazil is calling to someone in New York? Pretty darn good as it turns out.
Did you see what I did there? The connection between my random encounter with a strange man and this tourism commercial? That’s okay. It was a stretch and I got too much sleep last night which backfired and resulted in excessive exhaustion.
By the way, you should come visit. Our spare bedroom is booking up fast!!
I lie. That was a false statement made with the deliberate intent to deceive you. But seriously, come visit already. Brazil is calling you.