The scarf is actually from a street vendor in Paris, though nothing about it looks very Parisian to me. I guess my thing is bold colors — as evidenced by this scarf — and has been since I picked this up back in 2003.
Fun fact: I was on TV last night! I cracked a joke with a newscaster who was doing a segment in Brooklyn Heights as I passed by, and he actually used it as a lead-in on a segment about gypsy cabs being legalized in the boroughs. The best part is that the way they edited it, my laughter precedes my appearance, which is pretty true to life!