ONE DAY BACK in the States and the counter staff that I meet scrunch their faces when I order something--a sure sign that I've acquired an Irish accent. So now I'm listening more than talking and I've overheard some choice tidbits.
"My job gives me more responsiblity now. I am in charge of 15 men on the production line. I am a screwdriver," said a Japanese tourist to the desk clerk at the DaysInn.
"Fuckin' Brits are telling us to close down Gitmo. What do they want us to do--keep all the Osamas in Detroit?" asked some close-cropped baseball fans in Dick's Sports Bar.
"Does signing a virginity pledge after you have had sex make you a virgin again?" asked a teenager on the Tijuana Blue Line Trolley.
"Chicago O'Hare is the best airport. If you're going to be delayed, you'll love O'Hare," said a businessman to a colleague at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.
"Don't leave home without bottled water," advises NBC Today Show Travel editor. He has shed 40 pounds since July and swears by fresh water.