“Maybe just once, someone will call me ‘Sir’ without adding, ‘You’re making a scene.'” –Homer Simpson
I feel your pain, Homer. A quarter century ago, I was making my first visit to the Edmonton Art Gallery. I was so enamoured with a particular painting that I leaned in close and brushed my fingers along the surface. I just had to feel the paint.
The person I was with looked at me in horror and exclaimed, “You can’t do that!” I was snapped out of my spell and came to the realization that I had made a pretty sizeable faux pas.
At that moment a security guard hustled over and said, “Sir, you can look at the paintings but you can’t touch them. Please do no not touch the paintings.” I’m just glad I wasn’t kicked out. D’oh!