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Coulda been worse. She could have accused you of being one of them Homeland Security no-goods.


At a guess, she's from elsewhere and she's hanging out in the meatpacking district because that's where the kind of person she's always seen herself as hangs out.

Ironically, that person has issues with people from elsewhere.



--and welcome to her world. Not a fun place, was it?

(Hope you otherwise enjoyed your time in the city!)


[Beavis and Butthead]

Heh heh. That sign says "Woody".

[/Beavis and Butthead]


That's the kind of reaction I'm always worried about when I'm out taking pictures - I think you handled it perfectly!

Some people are just crazy, ya know?

Mike Schilling

True story:

My second year of college, I took a philosophy class with a couple of friends. Introduction to epistemology, the standard Decartes, Hume, and Kant (the Prolegomena, not the Critique of Pure Reason, which would have been way over our heads.) Fascinating stuff for math and science majors who'd never thought about any of this before.

So three of us are sitting in my dorm room, arguing about whether the weirdnesses of relativity and quantum mechanics invalidate the Prolegomena's explanation of why physics seems intuitive, when a female friend knocks on the door. "What's the big discussion about?"

I tell her (in all innocence), "Oh, we're talking about Kant."

Some time after her abrupt departure, I tracked her down and explained the situation, but I don't think anything ever erased the vivid impression that moment had formed.


I'm more curious about the dude who agreed with her. What was his deal? Was this just his way of not getting involved?


He was probably the server, trying to increase or at least preserve his tip.


Lance, this is the world of the New Yorker who can't afford to get out of town on Labor Day weekend.

They get stinking drunk and rowdy with the tourists.

Of course, you have some insight into why she can't afford to get out of town on Labor Day weekend now.

She was teasing you in her fashion, probably expecting you to be dumb enough to create a scene, so her date could "act like a man". You handled it well.

Next time, let me know you're in town. I'll be your lens sherpa/bodyguard, because nobody says anything to me.

calling all toasters

Dude, she's just an average New Yorker. Don't stand near the tracks when the subway's coming, if you know what I mean.


Lol for some reason that old Bill Murray line comes to mind --'Fuck off buddy, I'm a scientist.'

"Fuck off lady, I'm a tourist."

Easier said in retrospect of course, and of course she'd have been sure not to get the joke.

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