Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Originally uploaded by lorenzodom

Uh, Aloha!

This recent scene on the subway tickled me in a semi-adolescent way, not so much lurid, as much as ironic fashion.

The girl wearing the skirt was seemingly visiting NY with her girlfriend, because they were carrying on a conversation in Italian.

Here in the states these sorts of messages on short-shorts, skirts and sweatpants are usually printed and worn on the back. I've never seen it on the front, and thus my somewhat-shocked, semi-surprised, and wholly amused reaction.

All I could think was "Only a European..." would have the nonchalant gall to say hello in such ribald fashion.

Apart from the standard stereotype that “all Americans dress slovenly when abroad on holiday,” I can only imagine what people overseas think of us...

Please feel free to amuse us with your similar anecdotes, stories and experiences below.

Note: “Aloha” in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion, mercy, goodbye, and hello, among other sentiments of a similar nature. It is used especially in Hawai’i as a greeting meaning hello and goodbye.

It is also the state nickname of Hawai’i, the "Aloha State," the fiftieth state of the United States of America.

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