“I Skied Boyne” is written on a t-shirt that I never wear, “Hard Rock Cafe” is painted onto a shot glass that has seen more dust than alcohol, and the Voodoo Doll that oddly looks a bit like Maister that I purchased in New Orleans several years before I worked with him sits in a box someplace... I think.
On Sunday, the wife and I are going to board a plane bound for a tropical island at the edge of the Caribbean, only to get sun burnt, re-establish a quality tolerance for rum, and acquire far more souvenirs that I think we will ever actually need... or want for that matter.
Why are people even interested in souvenirs? Often times people take tons of pictures, sometimes of odd things like the plant arrangement next to the front door of the hotel, or a strange looking lizard that wandered into the room. Of course there is almost always a photo of the group standing in front of some recognizable iconic symbol such as Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World. But why do people want the T-shirts (that cost 3 to 4 times more than the ones that the store, and are further advertising if you ever actually wear them), the cheap plastic coffee mugs, and of course, the snow globes (which is ironic in tropical locations and sad because TSA now requires them to be in checked luggage and not carry ons because of the ‘unknown liquid contained in a glass ball.’ )
Are you the type that will spend way too much money on stuff that you don’t need and will never actually use, only because the name if the location is printed on the side? What are your thoughts on the collection of Souvenirs?