Friday, August 31, 2007

NY snobs in Europe

Note: Below is guest post from my friend and occasional editor, known here as Lance.

During my recent trip to Europe, after much angst I decided to take a minimalist approach and pack as little as possible. But I included a nice pair of slacks for my shabbos visit to the shul nearby the center of town.

I was surprised when I discovered a group of young guys from Queens. One of the guys actually brought his suit, but it was totally wrinkled because it had obviously been squished into his suitcase for several days.

I'm all for dressing up for shabbos and holidays, yet there has to be some point of practicality to the whole deal. I mean was this guy so obsessed with maintaining the Queens kewl guy look that he absolutely had to bring his snooty dark suit?

I understand that there's a thin line between classy and casual, but when on vacation I think most sane people understand that it's ok to take a minimalist approach.

Plus, what about when in Rome do as the Romans do? Almost everyone there had a nice button down shirt and slacks.

But what irked me more was that there was also a group a girls roughly the same age from Queens there as well. For some reason or other, we all failed to connect on Saturday night together, despite the fact that everyone was headed to the same direction and that they all casually knew each other.

Why is it that even hundreds of miles away from home we still can't all get along? Am I being to impractical? Why can't the commonality of being young, Jewish, around the same age be enough of a reason to want to join up together? Isn't it more fun that way?


Jacob Da Jew said...

Probably the Queens guys haven't left their hometown, at least in their small minds.

residency year sucks said...

I say when in Rome hang out with the time go to some bar get drunk and pick up some hot Italian chic, they are alot more entertaining than the yeshivash snobs from queens

fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Abroad, people can feel the opportunity to air off a "classier" impression of themselves as what they actually are. I suppose it compares to somebody telling an anecdote to a group of people, greatly exaggerating or twisting the truth a little just to have the unexpectedly show up.

fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

("than", not "as" above...)

Lance said...

JDJ, yeah, they really are sheltered. But you'd think that after getting a bit older they'd begin to grow out of their cocoons a bit.

RYS, I so should have just stayed with the locals, or with the cute Jewish tourists from France. Your so right!

Fashionista, I'm not sure how classy a dark wrinkled suit comes off. But yeah, I do think that it may be their clueless way of trying to impress.

Notsofrummie said...

Gotta love those frum people who travel in packs. And then when they some where in public - they still remain amongst themselves. these people spent so much money travel and they are wasting is on socializing only with themselves. They may have also missed many of the really local lure that the area has to offer. They would rather trust some other 'frum' person than a person who has been living there all their life.

Anonymous said...

hey nsf
can i be a guest writer on your blog as well?

also, Lance, isnt it just a little cool to be the odd man out?

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