Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A letter to the American family at the restaurant.


While I, as I'm sure was the case with all of the other patrons at the small local lodge and seafood restaurant where we ate last night, absolutely loved your debate on whether or not it was acceptable to tuck a napkin into your collar. I personally believe it's fine, and is not, as one of you said, "a sure sign that the person is a slob, and isn't rich enough to be eating in a nice restaurant", but I'm glad you were able to figure it out amongst yourselves so the rest of us could hear. I also thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your conversations on taxes and finance, American college football, and the entirely too jam packed (and poorly planned) rest of your itinerary... Otherwise we wouldn't have been able to chime in and tell you, politely, that your plan to drive up to Dingle, then Galway, then to Doolin, then do the Ring of Kerry, before going back down to Cork, before flying out of the Shannon airport, was kind of stupid, and would take way more time than you'd accounted for. I'm also glad to have been a part of it because it allowed us the chance to add a stop to our trip, so we're not in Dingle at the same time as you.
In short, you make me proud to be an American. Please continue being the loud, obstinate, argumentative, stuck-up, tourists that you are. The world loves it.
Jacøb Smith

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