A few days ago, I was walking along Ditmars Blvd., which is one of the busy, commercial-district streets near where I live, when I saw a high-school aged boy elbow his friend and shout, “Hey! Look at Beethoven over there!”
With wonder and excitement, I eagerly turned to see what he could possibly be seeing… could it be a person dressed in 18th/19th century clothing? a statue? what? ??? My eyes searched around for a minute trying to find what he could possibly have been referring to. Then, I saw it: inside a small car, with its head hung out the window was a huge St. Bernard dog. (like the dog in the movie a few years back entitled Beethoven)
I can only laugh at how different our cultural perspectives are.