Seeing eye to eye

By John Heberle
This item appears on page 21 of the November 2020 issue.

This month’s winner is JOHN HEBERLE of Rochester, New York:

Traveling with a group in China and being 6'6" tall, I often received looks from the locals, which was understandable.

One time, a group of locals approached, and one of them was almost the same height as I. We looked at each other and then, drawing closer, shook hands. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, our height did all the talking.

People began to snap pictures of the two of us. I said as a joke, “One dollar. One dollar. One dollar.” Several in our group gave me dollars, laughing about it.

I gave the dollars to my new Chinese friend, and our groups departed, both still talking about what they had seen.


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