Caffè Inquisition

29 Jun

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The other day, as I was treating my friends Sara and Helen to a caffè completo (yes, I am obsessed, what of it?), an older man looked at me and at my hat on the bar.

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“Is that your hat?” he asks me.

“Yep.”

“Well, signorina, that’s a man’s hat.”

Me: “I know.”

Him: oddly smiling “So why do you have it?”

Me: “Because I like it.”

Him: “Where are you from?”

Me: “I’m American.”

Him: “So, do you know anything about the United States?”

Me: oddly smiling “Well, I do come from there.”

Him: CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA!!!!

Sara eagerly jumps in to my rescue: Sacramento!

Him: CAPITAL OF WISCONSIN!!!!

And so on, literally for about 25 different states.

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What the heck, man?

Sara then proceeded to quiz him on the regions of Italy. It was this whole surreal 8th grade geography moment. I just thought I’d share. Like, to tell you, brush up on your state capitals if you go to get a caffè completo. I don’t know if you’ll run into this guy, but if you do, I just want you to be ready. That’s all.

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L’altro giorno, mentre offrivo alle mie amiche Sara e Helen un caffè completo (sì, sono ossessionata, emmbè??), un uomo anziano mi ha guardato e ha guardato il mio cappello che avevo appoggiato sul banco.

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“Il cappello è suo?” mi chiede.

“Sì.”

“Ma è un cappello da uomo.”

“E già.”

Lui: sorridendo “E allora perchè lo mette?”

Io: “Perchè mi piace.”

Lui: “Di dove sei?”

Io: “Sono americana.”

Lui: “Sai qualcosa degli Stati Uniti?”

Io: sorridendo “Vabbè, vengo da lì.”

Lui: CAPITALE DI CALIFORNIA!!!!!

Sara: Sacramento!

Him: CAPITALE DI WISCONSIN!!!!

E via dicendo, per tipo ben 25 stati.

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AHO’! Volevo solo prendermi un semplice caffè, non tornare alla geografia della terza media!

Sara poi gli ha fatto un’esame sulle regioni d’Italia, che alla fine ha dovuto rispondere lei a tutte. Perchè vi racconto questo? In realtà non lo so. Perchè è stata una cosa surreale. Perchè voglio avvertirvi. Perchè che ne so, può essere che pure voi dovrete subire un’inquisizione mentre bevete il vostro caffè. O forse ‘ste cose succedono solo a me.

Comunque, il capitale di Wisconsin è Madison, in caso dovesse servire.

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9 Responses to “Caffè Inquisition”

  1. Sara Rosso June 29, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Ha, I didn’t even notice you take this picture – I must have been seriously concentrating on the questions.

    And just a clarification – I *tried* to quiz him on the Italian regions, and he ends up quizzing me!

    Sara 2 – Old Man 0

  2. Un'americana a Roma June 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Exactly! That guy totally ripped you off, man! You were a champ. And still, no prize or anything. ‘NA SOLA PAZZESCA!!!!!

  3. Un'americana a Roma June 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    I forgot to clarify that in the English version! In the Italian I got it though… “che poi alla fine lei ha dovuto rispondere a tutte” — che fregatura!

  4. Rose in Cali June 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Is the caffè completo anything like a marocchino?

  5. Natalie July 1, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I can’t remember the capital of California! What a funny encounter!

  6. erin July 4, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    ok this is hilarious!!! totally just played out that entire scene in my head…plus that pic of him and sara is SO perfect!

    • Un'americana a Roma July 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      I know, isn’t it totally the best? She is such a spitfire, I love that girl. She was so on top of it when he came out of nowhere with his little improv super quiz. I was like, whaaaa and there’s Sara, whipping out all the capitals. She makes me look so smart.

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