// Coronado, CA
I check in to a hotel. The front desk clerk, Brenda, is an older white woman whose mask is under her nose. She's wearing it loosely.
Brenda: Please fill this out.
Brenda: What ethnicity are you?
Brenda: Are you Mongolian?
Me: Uhh… I suppose I'm Han Chinese? Who are one of the ethnic groups in Mongolia, so…I could be Mongolian?
Me: All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.
Brenda: I like your shirt.
Brenda: What is "Wax Bodega"?
Me: It's a— It was a record store in Ohio.
Brenda: Oh, where in Ohio? I used to live there.
Brenda: I like your pants. They look good on you.
I spend my trip hanging out with (among others) someone whose mother is four years younger than me.