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Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005, 12:39 pm
My Puerto Rican Self

I sometimes get asked whether I'm Puerto Rican - which I think is kind of random - and I think that I've finally figured it out: I get asked whether I'm Puerto Rican when I wear white. When I wear dark colors I tend to get asked whether I'm Italian more. No one ever guesses Jewish, though. Weird.

Tally so far today: one cab driver, two guys on the subway, and the woman at the deli across the street. The cab driver refused to believe that I wasn't Puerto Rican until I talked Hebrew to him.

(Why was I in a cab, you ask? Because I was so absorbed in my book that I missed my stop and had to RUN to make my appointment. This is all your fault, boffo9.)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)

I guess you've never kippled before?

Heh heh.

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)

I'd read the Just So Stories, but these are very, very different. They're excellent in a totally different way - though if you must know, the real reason I missed my stop is because I was trying to puzzle out the dialect in one of the stories, not because it was so amazingly good (though it also was!). :)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
dificultosa: Maybe Puerto Ricans look Jewish.

No, actually, that's probably true. A lot of Spanish blood means we all look Arabic and Jewish. Heaven knows I've gotten stopped and searched at the airport enough times to confirm I look like a "freedom fighter" (wearing long sleeves, mind you).

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
kleenestar: Re: Maybe Puerto Ricans look Jewish.

So you're saying you look like me, not that I look like you? :)

I've found the best way not to get stopped on airplanes is to dress like a big, big slut. I guess they figure that anyone religious enough to kill themselves for their cause isn't going to be willing to show quite THAT much cleavage. ;)

Sat, Apr. 23rd, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)

I'll have to try that out. I'd wear a big Darwin fish as well but I think it would go over their heads.