LIVING YOUR OWN LEGEND 101
VENICE, Italy You've been traveling for three nights. Upon arrival, what's the sensible course of action?
1. The Rick Steves
Early to bed, kiddies. Gotta see them sights tomorrow!
2. The Bill Bryson
Down a few beers, complain about lack of proper curry in the Veneto. Muse amusingly about culture shock. Turn in around the witching hour, rueful that the rock-an- roll lifestyle has passed you by, but grateful for the high thread-count sheets.
3. The Norman Mailer
Stay up all night drinking at student bars and a late-night club, seemingly run by the Russian mafia. Are the half-size poles for midget strippers? Please, no. Don't answer that ... Treat everyone to breakfast at dawn in a workman's cafe. Threaten to punch your design-poppet colleague who considers racist comments cute. Fall asleep on the boat en route to watch glassblowing in Murano, which you could see in Tacoma ... just not this hungover.