Thursday, May 5, 2011

a brief encounter

I was walking down a street in the Byward Market during a lull in the rain when something photo-worthy across the street caught my eye. My camera came out and I aimed and zoomed in ... then waited for traffic to clear. A car pulled up past me and parked and two men got out. They were checking out the parking signs and meter and chatting away in an unrecognizable (to me) accent. One of them noticed me with my camera and made a joke about taking his picture. 

Except he wasn't joking. Suddenly they both stood still and posed and smiled... and waited. Then they resumed chatting and before walking across the street said thank you. Yes, thank you very much. 
I noticed they did not put any money in the meter, but then I also noticed their car had red (diplomatic) plates on it.

11 comments:

  1. I thought so, yet so very polite, too!

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  2. They must have thought you were a press photographer. Maybe in their own way they were famous.

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  3. Very interesting....I wonder if they thought you were going to pay the parking meter...or maybe just a fan? :D

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  4. Weird. Firstly, because that's just weird. Secondly, because that's the title I gave my post today too, only I changed it at the last moment.

    I like the peculiarity of brief encounters.

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  5. OH! I didn't know diplomats didn't need to pay to park! Or are they just figuring they won't be prosecuted because they are immunity? Hmmm. I find it interesting that they didn't even tell you who they were...or perhaps they reasoned that you already KNEW who they were. :)

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  6. I don't believe diplomats have to pay any tickets they get - so i guess why bother paying for parking?

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  7. Funny - wonder if they are used to people taking photos of them?

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  8. Strange .... and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  9. They look like they could be related. Next time get rid of your shyness and ask.

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