05th Aug2004

I Know You’re Russian ‘Cause You LOOK Like A Russian

by Will

My favorite part of my job at the moment is speaking to all of my Russian customers. Lately, I’ve been trying to get back into the language by using Pimleur’s CD’s and whatnot. Anyway, I’ve gotten to the point where I can call out a Russian on sight (Yes, profiling’s bad, blah, blah, blah)

They’re always like, “How did you know I was Russian?” I can’t say, “Because you look like it!”, so I always just say that I heard them talking. Then, we get into a conversation about how I was an exchange student, blah, blah. Usually, they tell me I have a good accent, which I hope isn’t them just patronizing me. I mean, I guess it would be odd to be minding your own business, and have this Black guy pop out of nowhere, speaking your language. I’m only at the pleasantries/greetings/numbers level, but they still seem to get a kick out of it, and sometimes they teach me new words. Anyway, I gots to get my kicks somehow these days….