Monday, May 24, 2010

Sorry, Which City?

A recent exchange that took place with a man sitting next to us at a Red Sox game. Ironically, no one was on first at the time:

-Do you live in Boston?
-Yeah. How about you?
-Which city?
-Oh, well I mean, I live in JP, but close enough. You live in Boston?
-Which city.
-Right, which one?
-Witch City. You know, Salem? 
-Oh, Salem. Witch City. I didn't realize they called it that. 
-Because of the witch trials.

I turned away, slightly stunned that a city would willingly call attention to such a dark period of its own history, and then my buddy basically read my mind by saying, "Who calls their town Witch City?! That's like saying, 'Hey, welcome! This is where we killed a lot of innocent people for no reason! Want to take a ghost tour?'"

It might have been the best call of the game. 


Amalia said...

Love it!

My favorite line was, "I got a cap with my ice cream. When I get home I'm going to put it with my toys."

He was probably 30 years old. So adorable.

Jess said...

I hate to say it, but choosing between a cone and a plastic helmet cup was the toughest decision I made all week.

True story.

pilgrimchick said...

After a visit there, I'm not surprised. Although, I am surprised that the assumption was made that everyone who heard "Witch City" would know what he was talking about.