the French-speaking islands a few days
sailing prior to reaching Tahiti.
110 Francs was equal to 1 Dollar.
Very roughly 100 Francs was the same as 1 Dollar.
After a while, I called in at a coffee shop
for a 50 Fr. cup of coffee.
At another table were two tourists who were
being very critical of the island, and its currency.
They emptied all their change onto their
table to pay for two coffees.
The waiter came along and took around 400 Francs.
At this stage, there were only 50 francs left on the table.
After a quick thought also disappeared
and then was returned as change.
All his time the tourists were being loudly critical
of their hosts for the day.
The 1980 version of me was at first annoyed
with the waiter and his lack of honesty.
However, that only lasted a few seconds
before my anger towards fellow countrymen
grew and I began thinking they deserved
exactly what they received.