Monday, February 22, 2010

Random Memory

So, last September I’m walking through Prague with a group of six displaced Russians I’d met a couple of days earlier. One of them spoke excellent English, two spoke terrible English (yet infinitely better than my Russian), and the rest spoke not a lick of it.

As we’re crossing a cobbled square, headed for a restaurant, I can hear music coming from somewhere in the area: Franki Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” When the horns played the cue for the chorus, all of a sudden all six Russians belted out, in PERFECT English: “I love you, baby! And if it’s quite all right, I need you, baby, to warm the lonely night! I love you, baby! Trust in me when I say…!”

I’d forgotten about that moment until today. So funny. You can’t make that stuff up. People all over the world are so much more alike than we will ever realize.

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