Saturday, May 29, 2010

In which I buy cigarettes at a Turkish pizzeria at 2am

The Turk: The usual?

Me: Yeah, Marlboro Reds, thanks.

The Turk: Of course! You here all summer?

Me: Pretty much. I'm in Russia for five weeks, though.

The Turk (who, for the past two years, has been very flirtatious, and is suddenly cold): Oh. You Russian?

Me: Yes.

The Turk: Oh. (pause) You look Russian.

Me: ...thank you.

He shoves the cigarettes at me across the counter. I do not receive my usual discount. I cannot believe my Russianness has not come up before.


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