The Man in the Pink Coppola, Part 1

August 25, 2011

I was stalking photos in Palazzolo Acreide, a sweet town in the hinterlands of Southeast Sicily, whenย I spotted a pink coppolaย in the distance.

I needed a picture of that cap.

I ran after it.

“Scusi, Signore!” I caught up to it as the owner was putting a key in his car door. “Can I take your photo? Put it on my blog?”

He smiled and nodded good-naturedly. Odd that he seemed to know what a blog was–many Sicilians don’t.

I shepherded him away from his car and posed him in front of a blank wall.ย  Snap, snap, snap.

Bella figura! A fine specimen, indeed.

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Note the jewel-studded lizard crawling out of the pocket. The bling around his neck? ย Greek masks, he said. (Just above Palazzolo lies the ancient Greek city of Akrai.)

Greek Mask Necklaces in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

The man in the pink cap sped away, and I continued stalking photos.

Thirty minutes later, something a little odd happened, and I discovered what this man does for a living. Can you guess his job?


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