At Borders. Left home with intent to study zhongwen, but couldn’t concentrate. Saw too much around me. Grabbed a napkin, scribbled a few thoughts.
*1. Seen on a t-shirt: “America: The land of corporate greed and the enslaved“. Well, I can sympathise, somewhat. But the latter part, worn by suburban teen, just doesn’t seem right… There is a lot of corporate greed in America… and to some degree, Americans are overworked (less vacation time, on average, than any other industrialised nation) — and especially the working, “lower” class(es). I don’t disagree.
But “enslaved”? Anymore, that seems a little too hyperbolic. Enslaved? Compared to whom? Low-caste Indians? East Africans? Afghanistans under Taliban supression?
Are we becoming too cliched in our disapproval?
*2. Guy, girl looking through discount books table.
Guy, obviously bored: “I’m gonna go look at Playboy.” (Walks off.)
Woman: “no, wait…” (shuffling more quickly through books)
Is this the asshole attitude that women want? Now, I have little sympathy for the typical “nice guy” (read: non-assertive guy) — and I used to be one — but is this the alternative? This is what women go for?
*3. German women talking. Politely, quietly, but very animated. It almost looks like sign language, sometimes…
*4. Will she call me back…..?