Sunday, July 12, 2009

being a tourist

Today at the farmer's market there was lots of "tourists." They didn't buy any food or much of anything, they just walked around not even looking at you. Like we are dolls in the windows of a shopping mall.

People used to commercial stuff and not much anything real.

The guy next to me is a surf photographer who actually took the photos he was selling. Each photo came with a story - as he was chatting with the people looking at his photos, he was telling about it, and it was the BEST shop talk ever.
I don't think that these "tourists" even noticed or understood that.

The tourists were local people but also a lot of actual tourists. It is kinda easy to tell who doesn't live in Hawaii - they do have that "shopping mall" look and walk, they are bored and need to be entertained, they are nervous, they are in a hurry, they drive fast. That's why HI cars have stickers "slow down, this ain't the mainland". For someone from a fast big city like LA, HI is sloooooooooooooow.

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