I snapped this photo and kept walking.
After returning home I took a closer look, and had to post it up.
There's so much to look at in this picture.
By all appearances, there's a negotiation taking place.
The guy in the yellow shirt (we'll call him "Dad") has probably never done this before. Sure, he's talked-turkey over details and price before, but not over a gondola cruise. Meanwhile, the gondolier probably couldn't count the number of times he's been in this position.
Originally I was going to analyze the images here and offer some insights and opinions, but today I'll let you do that.
I'll post a few questions, and you all can answer them.
Many will just read, think, chuckle and move on.
But some of you, my favorite readers, will break the "fourth wall" and post a comment.
Come on, I dare you!
a.) where is this young family from?
You can tell a lot about someone by the shoes they wear.
Take a look at "Mom's" flip-flops and "Junior's" Crocs.b.) Is "Dad" ready to make the deal?
How intent is he on grinding down the price?
He already appears to be reaching into his pocket.c.) It would seem that there's a fourth member of the family in the stroller.
How many of you who row a gondola have brought a stroller on your gondola?
Any thoughts, wisdom, or opinions on the subject?
d.) Obviously, "Dad" is intent on making a deal.
The gondolier is doing something there with his hand that tells me he's not inclined to bring the rate down.
In your opinion, did he negotiate a lower price with the gondolier?
e.) Did they reach a deal?
Did the family climb aboard and take a cruise with the gondolier they were talking to in this photo?
Like I said, some of the folks reading this won't offer opinions, but the ones who do, well, you are my favorite readers. :o)