souvenir

My new bus stop for work is on Wacker and Wabash. I have two lights to wait for and walk through before I get to the building where the office is located. This gives me some time to take a couple of deep breaths, prepare for the day, and (most importantly) evaluate the outfits of the people waiting at the light with me.

Today when I crossed Wacker Drive I walked behind a girl wearing a long satchel. It was black, printed with the word BARCELONA all over it in gold letters of varying sizes and cases.

Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! Barcelona. BARCELONA. barcelona. BARCELONA! 

This bag appeared to have a lot to say, or just one thing to say, over and over and over again. Also, it said “The person wearing this bag has been to Spain and you have not so SUCK IT. We are fancy. We are from Spain which means we are from EUROPE and IMPORTED.” But if you’re going to go all the way to Spain and bring back a souvenir, something to flaunt when you get home, why pick a generic looking bag that looks like some crap you could have just have easily gotten from Zazzle.com? You could have brought home some of that tasty Spanish jamón instead.

Personally, my favorite kind of souvenir is the cheesy photo you buy from theme park rides or theme restaurants that commemorate your visit. Sure, it’s usually overpriced but when you think about it, a picture of yourself riding down a flume of water in a fake log, or posing with the king and queen of a novelty restaurant in suburban Illinois, is kind of great. Observe:

tomfoolery

Princess Jasmine with the King and Queen

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain, 2002

Four in a log

Log Chute, Mall of America, 2003

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