About a week ago, someone on another forum (not writing related) posted a series of funny pictures, peeled from a website. Here’s one of them:
It’s a sticker that you put on your luggage, the sort of thing that will cause, presumably, many a head to turn when you’re wheeling through the airport. Looks like the sort of thing you’d see on Locked Up Abroad, doesn’t it? There’s a company that makes these things, and it’s all in good fun. Here’s another:
That will certainly get you some space in the airport, right? At least it isn’t spiders. But wait, there’s more. The company that makes these has one that has stacks of cash lined up neatly, presumably for delivering either of the above suitcases. Then they have this one:
A couple of people questioned the tastefulness of that last sticker; at least one person defended it as ‘funny.’ As for me? Well, I know I can see the humor, and I’m pretty sure there was a time in my life where I would indeed have found it pretty funny–probably when I was in high school. Now? Not so much. It should be noted the company that makes these does not have a matching sticker with a man stuffed in the suitcase. As for the people who do find it funny, I wonder if they would feel the same if it were an 8-year-old.
When I think about how I’ve changed over the course of my life, I often find it hard to pin down. In many, many ways, I don’t feel any different than I did 30 years ago, when I probably would have found this suitcase sticker quite funny. Interestingly, that’s where I find change can be most easily charted. This sticker? Not funny. In fact, it’s quite troubling, given what’s going on in the world these days.
That’s it, have a good weekend, everyone.