100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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074.100 Jessica

074.100 Jessica

Friday afternoon, post parade, the streets were still full of people. Just ahead of me, I noticed a woman with pink earrings and matching sunglasses. I approached and, complimenting her on her style, I introduced myself.

This is Jessica. Just as I began to explain my project, we were interrupted. Earlier in the day, I had bought a new hat from one of the vendors I had been chatting with for a few weeks. It was a Panama Hat, handmade in Ecuador and quite light — perfect in the hot summer sun. As I was getting into my pitch about the project, the hat vendor, Carlos, came up to us from his booth and excitedly showed me a hat that was billed as a Panama Hat but was machine made. He began by telling me how to spot the difference and then showed me how they feel different, etc. Jessica perked up at this point and said that she worked for the local paper and was doing a piece on hats. The conversation then shifted again as Jessica began to interview Carlos. When they were done, Jessica turned back to me and asked me to finish my explanation of my project. When I commented again that it was her earrings and sunglasses that first caught my attention, she told me she tends to buy a lot of pink, as it’s her favourite colour, so often ends up with unintentionally matching accessories.

All in all, it was a bit of another strange — but interesting — encounter, and I hope that Jessica got something useful for her assignment.

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