I have new respect for the contestants on The Amazing Race. My lady friend threw her back out, and before you get any ideas, it was from tending to her niece through flights from Toronto to Calgary to Vancouver to Tokyo to Hong Kong. Anyway, I’ve been carrying her purse and shopping bags around town for the last couple of days. Combine that added weight to my own shoulder bag full of cameras, add temperatures of thirty degrees or more, then throw in a crowd of very aggressive locals and you’ve got one cranky boyfriend!
I realize that trying to tell a woman to pack lightly is like trying to tell the Titanic to stop sinking; fortunately, the many and varied shoe stores we’ve visited all have ample seating. Guys, here’s a tip: If you’re going shopping with your lady, even in an exotic foreign land, make sure you bring along one of these.