Cities and suburbs, real and imaginary.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

man walking with his wife

an older man with a wife went for a walk around the complex.

she stayed fifty paces behind him.

they were dressed in traditional north african muslim garb.

he looked over his shoulder at his wife, because he did not know which walkway to take to get home. she shouted at him in their shared language, fifty paces behind him. he walked up without her. he did not hold the door.

cultural sensitivity is important, but this really bothered me. i don't understand this. i don't think i want to, either.

it's their life, and they're welcome to live it however they want. this is america, after all. however, this is a strange sight to see in suburban texas. part of living in america is finding out how not to stand out from the crowd.


Tia Nevitt said...

I just wandered over here from the Water Cooler. (BTW, your signature still points to your old tripod blog).

When I first started reading this post, it sounded like a joke. I had to read it again. I don't understand either.

It's pretty cool that you write for Wizards. I took a look at one of their calls for new authors a while back and it looks like it is pretty tough to get in the door.

J m mcdermott said...

It's even harder to get in the door when you don't submit.

My sig points both to my homepage, and to my blog. Homepage is still at tripod.

Thanks for stopping by!

You are, in fact, the very first person on earth to leave a comment on my blog.