The Posts that I wish that I had written
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Of course it’s too late now but I had in mind several posts to write about Bologna. So perhaps next time. But here is a my synopsis of the imaginary posts:
1. Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
It probably will not come as a shock to know that Italians smoke more than Americans, at least a lot more than Californians (rough statistics are California 14%/Italy 25% of adults smoke). So I imagined walking around the city and taking photos of Italians smoking in all kinds of ways; leaning into the bar to order coffee while keeping the hand with a cigarette outside; smoking a cigarette while riding a bicycle or scooter, ecc. Photos of the aftermath of cigarette butts littering an area near a bus stop (regularly tidied up BTW).
2. Reach out and touch someone
Think that Italians, even more than Americans are in love with their cell phones, see them with a cellulare stuck in their helmet while riding a scooter, see them texting while riding a bicycle.
3. The benefits of walking
Generally Italians get a lot more exercise than we do in the natural way – walking. Frankly I find it a lot easier to do there because (a) It’s not too far to go to get somewhere that you want to go, i.e. higher city density and (2) the walk tends to be a lot more interesting. Of course this has some significant benefit on body type. So I imagine a series of photo of shapely butts to illustrate the point. OK, I’d be fair and include some men in the mix…
I couldn’t find any suitable web photos for this one so you’ll just have to use your imagination.