Elvis window display, Zain’s Liquor’s, 3rd St. and Market, San Francisco, CA. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2007.
There’s no reason why this liquor store has an Elvis shrine in its window, other than, perhaps, Elvis is the patron saint of alcoholic binges. As anybody who’s spent time in Boston knows, liquor and corner stores are most often called packies.
While in Australia, I mentioned this to the FMA and her friends. Several of them thought the name referred to the country of origin of the man behind the counter.
No, I said. Not paki, but packie – for package store.
Isn’t that a post office, one guy asked.
It was a long day, during which international relations took a bit of a hit. At least there was good Australian wine to make it pass quicker.