Monday, May 14, 2007

Cab conversation in San Francisco

I was recently in a San Francisco cab with some Indian friends. We were discussing things to do at Point Reyes National Seashore, about 30 mi. North of San Francisco. An excerpt of our conversation follows:

Friend (to me):
"You can go whale watching at Point Reyes. There's a big lighthouse. My girlfriend and I went up to get a good view."
Asian cab driver:
"What the fuck were you doing whale watching, man? That's like the white man's thing — whale watching."
". . ."
Cab driver:
"So, did you get any, for doing all that whale watching with your girlfriend?"
"No, we didn't see any whales."
Cab driver:
"Fuck the whales, man! I'm talking about later that night."
My friend refused to answer the question.