On the Seriousness of Tourists #7


“We’re totally lost and you’re gawking at that girl?  She’s like 16!” his girlfriend said.

“I’m not gawking in a leering way,” he said.   I’m gawking in an anthropological way.”

“She’s still pretty much a teenager,” she said.  “Even if you are being anthropological.”

“You told me to stop clinging to the guide, I did.  You told me to admire the steeples, I did. You told me to look around and enjoy the city, I am.”

“And now I’m telling you to stop being a perv,” she said.  “We’re on vacation.  Enjoy me.”

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