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Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 08:42 AM
Bright and temperate this Sunday morning in the Capital of Dull. The muggy weather that characterized the early part of the week here seems to have rolled off.

Had a bit of an American cultural adventure yesterday, as my girlfriend wanted some potting soil for a plant that's dying. Since my attitude regarding houseplants is about the same as Basil Fawlty's, I viewed this as a bit of an inconvenience...


Basil Fawlty: Polly, what's that smell?
Polly: Flowers, I just got them from the garden.
Basil Fawlty: Well, what are you stinking the place up with those for? What's happened to the plastic ones?
Polly: Being ironed.

Normally when she wants this sort of thing we go to Home Depot (which is bad enough :eek:). However, we were in West Hartford and the only Home Depot I knew of is in Manchester, which is not terribly convenient. So, we're driving through the very unique West Hartford landscape, past the Toys R'Us, the Borders, and the Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and lo and behold there appears (disappointingly, without any revelational music in the background) a...


http://www.kitchenonthestreet.org/images/target_20logo-2.jpg

Well, neither of us have ever been in a Target, so in we went on our quest for potting soil. My God! This place sells every cheap piece of crap imaginable to mankind, from fake jewelry, to odd looking clothes, to furniture (!!), to automotive products, to potting soil (thank God). My girlfriend, never having experienced this before, is astounded, flitting about remarking on how inexpensive various items were. For example, she finds a 16 package of paper towels for some ridiculous price and wants to buy them, until I point out to her that we have absolutely no place to put a 16 pack of paper towels.

As this continues, I keep thinking "God, I wish I were somewhere else!" Which, of course, leads me to the ...

TOTD: If you could spend today, and only today, somewhere else doing something else, where and what would it be? In this thought experiment, note that trivial matters such as distrance, time zones, and cost do not apply. For example, a perfectly valid answer "chatting up beautiful Oriental women in the Mandarin Bar in Hong Kong." No matter, as you would still be home on Monday morning, back into your usual routine.


http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee88/scdiver27/Oriental-1.jpg

For my part, I would like to be on the Rue des Italiens in Paris. When I used to spend weekends in Paris, I would religiously get out about 10:00 on a Sunday morning, wander over there for cafe-au-lait and the London Times (there was a news kiosk next to L'Opera that always had the Times). Afterwards, I would stroll down to the Seine and the bookstalls and, after noon of course, head for Harry's Bar (a bit touristy, I know, but I've always had fond memories of it).


http://pagesperso-orange.fr/anthony.atkielski/HarrysBarSmall.jpg

Then, after an afternoon of drinking and reading papers, off to one of the restaurants again on Rue des Italiens for some Parisian choucroute and wine. Perhaps a brief stroll around the Jardin des Tuileries and then back to the Insurance Capital for the work week beginning bright and early on Monday morning.

Shannon
07-13-2008, 09:50 AM
Okay. Seriously, CW? You had never been in a Target? What?

Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 10:24 AM
Okay. Seriously, CW? You had never been in a Target? What?

Noppers, never. I've been to a Walgreen's; does that count? And a CVS. I've even been to a Bed, Bath, and Beyond, although I didn't see Gator there. I've been to a couple of K-Marts, but never a Target, a WalMart, or a Costco.

SarasotaRepub
07-13-2008, 10:25 AM
It's a beautiful day here this morning, bright sun and 72, low humidity that won't last.

TOTD: I wouldn't mind being in the Bahamas today at the Atlantis Resort & Casino.
Always lots of interesting stuff going on and it has a Casino! :D And a Cigar Bar.

Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 10:31 AM
It's a beautiful day here this morning, bright sun and 72, low humidity that won't last.

TOTD: I wouldn't mind being in the Bahamas today at the Atlantis Resort & Casino.
Always lots of interesting stuff going on and it has a Casino! :D And a Cigar Bar.

I'm not a big gambler, but wouldn't mind an afternoon of scotch and cigars! :D

LibraryLady
07-13-2008, 11:15 AM
I love you CW, but your pomposity is getting tedious. Believe me, there are people here who can top your stories.

My Dad's company has an apartment on Rue Pierre Charon in Paris. I would love to go there again (health intact) and walk to the little Boulangerie down the block forfresh bread. Then I would have a coffee at Fouquets, take my grandaughter to the Jardin d'Acclimatation (http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/) where I went frequently as a child. I would give her my little worn leather purse of francs so she could ride the carousel and boats. I imagine she would laugh at the red-butted baboons just as I did.
I would go shopping at Printemps or Galeries Lafayette.where I used to get many of my school clothes as a teenager. Back then their prices hadn't been inflated by stupid tourists.
I would take my daughter to the Place de la Pigalle to see the Moulin Rouge. She is obsessed with the movie and can't believe we actually went there (I found it sleazy).

The Eiffel tower, Sacré Cœur, The Louvre, where do I stop?

Then, dinner that night at the Georges V, within walking distance so we can enjoy plenty of wine.

I find the fact that you need to put down Target and American ways quite annoying. I have lived in many countries and I love it here. Believe me, small town Louisiana sucks sometime but this is my country and I love it.

Funny, I changed my signature this morning BEFORE I read your TOTD.

SarasotaRepub
07-13-2008, 11:47 AM
I'm not a big gambler, but wouldn't mind an afternoon of scotch and cigars! :D

I'm not a big gambler either, but casino's are a good place to people watch.
I met Mike Tyson and his wife in one, actually the Atlantis before it was the Atlantis. Trump
owned the place at the time.

BSR
07-13-2008, 11:50 AM
I'm not a big gambler either, but casino's are a good place to people watch.
I met Mike Tyson and his wife in one, actually the Atlantis before it was the Atlantis. Trump
owned the place at the time.

Did he hit you up for any money?


Tyson lived about 1 1/2 miles down the road from me in Vegas, right next to Wayne Newton. Never saw him though.

LibraryLady
07-13-2008, 11:51 AM
I met Mike Tyson and his wife in one, actually the Atlantis before it was the Atlantis. Trump
owned the place at the time.


Which wife? You know he was married to Michael Steele's sister!

Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 11:59 AM
I love you CW, but your pomposity is getting tedious. Believe me, there are people here who can top your stories.

My Dad's company has an apartment on Rue Pierre Charon in Paris. I would love to go there again (health intact) and walk to the little Boulangerie down the block forfresh bread. Then I would have a coffee at Fouquets, take my grandaughter to the Jardin d'Acclimatation (http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/) where I went frequently as a child. I would give her my little worn leather purse of francs so she could ride the carousel and boats. I imagine she would laugh at the red-butted baboons just as I did.
I would go shopping at Printemps or Galeries Lafayette.where I used to get many of my school clothes as a teenager. Back then their prices hadn't been inflated by stupid tourists.
I would take my daughter to the Place de la Pigalle to see the Moulin Rouge. She is obsessed with the movie and can't believe we actually went there (I found it sleazy).

The Eiffel tower, Sacré Cœur, The Louvre, where do I stop?

Then, dinner that night at the Georges V, within walking distance so we can enjoy plenty of wine.

I find the fact that you need to put down Target and American ways quite annoying. I have lived in many countries and I love it here. Believe me, small town Louisiana sucks sometime but this is my country and I love it.

Funny, I changed my signature this morning BEFORE I read your TOTD.

Sorry I offended you. I like your "perfect day," (which was, after all, the point of the TOTD), although all perfect days don't have to be in Paris, as there are so many places in the world. I was by no means trying to "impress" anyone as the day I described is certainly not expensive. I often stay at the Hotel Estas Unis (http://www.hotel-etats-unis-opera-paris.federal-hotel.com/page_en_1.html) (shock! :D), a very modestly priced hotel, and the cafe-au-lait, the Times, the walk along the bookstalls, even the bar and the sausages, all add up to a few drinks at the Mandarin or a day at the tables in the Bahamas or dinner at the Georges V.

As to Target, the story was perfectly true. I've never been in one before and was a bit astounded by the multitude of cheap crap they sell. I doubt, however, much is "American," as I would suspect that they, just like their brethren "super stores," buy most of their stuff from abroad. I find it amusing that so many people (not necessarily you) will defend these types of stores to the death in one breath and then, in the other, lament the death of American manufacturing and of American goods in general. They are, in effect, defending the very people who have significantly contributed to that demise.

Finally, as to my comment regarding the "sameness" of the American (sub)urban landscape, this has long been a pet peeve of mine. Other than the natural landscape, what's the real difference if you're in Jacksonville, San Diego, or Minneapolis? Unfortunately, this is no longer simply an American phenomum as globalization will soon ensure that there is no difference between NYC, London, Paris, or HK. Fortunately, by the time that process completes, I'll be dead (and "I'll always have Paris" :D).

SarasotaRepub
07-13-2008, 12:02 PM
Did he hit you up for any money?


Tyson lived about 1 1/2 miles down the road from me in Vegas, right next to Wayne Newton. Never saw him though.


No, he hit his wife. :eek: This was way back when he 1st became champ. Trump flew him and his
goon squad down to the Britannia Towers which is now the Atlantis.

The day after I met him and his wife he was supposed to have beat her up with a phone in their suite which was right down the hall from where I was staying. Supposedly Givens was secretly meeting up with Eddie Murphy who was staying at a hotel on Cable Beach at the time.

SaintLouieWoman
07-13-2008, 12:11 PM
I love you CW, but your pomposity is getting tedious. Believe me, there are people here who can top your stories.

My Dad's company has an apartment on Rue Pierre Charon in Paris. I would love to go there again (health intact) and walk to the little Boulangerie down the block forfresh bread. Then I would have a coffee at Fouquets, take my grandaughter to the Jardin d'Acclimatation (http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/) where I went frequently as a child. I would give her my little worn leather purse of francs so she could ride the carousel and boats. I imagine she would laugh at the red-butted baboons just as I did.
I would go shopping at Printemps or Galeries Lafayette.where I used to get many of my school clothes as a teenager. Back then their prices hadn't been inflated by stupid tourists.
I would take my daughter to the Place de la Pigalle to see the Moulin Rouge. She is obsessed with the movie and can't believe we actually went there (I found it sleazy).

The Eiffel tower, Sacré Cœur, The Louvre, where do I stop?

Then, dinner that night at the Georges V, within walking distance so we can enjoy plenty of wine.

I find the fact that you need to put down Target and American ways quite annoying. I have lived in many countries and I love it here. Believe me, small town Louisiana sucks sometime but this is my country and I love it.

Funny, I changed my signature this morning BEFORE I read your TOTD.

LL, I love your ways with a phrase. Last week I had simply written "brevity is the soul of wit".

I've been struck with the tributes to Tony Snow this weekend. The most telling was how me loved his country, his family, and was the complete man, from his broadcasting to his playing flute with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).

That brought me back to memories of my great uncle, the ex-president of a steel company in St Louis, now long since gone. He was a greyt man who loved his family. He was always my inspiration in life, my definition of the complete man, one who loved his country, was honest, never whined, never, ever put people down.

It's sad when someone's place of residence is always ridiculed, "dullsville", land of the insurance men, etc. etc. My first thought is why would they stay somewhere they hated? If America must be ridiculed, who not become an expatriate, sort of in the spirit of the Dems who keep promising they'll leave if ________ is elected?

Contentment must come from within in my opinon. Running somewhere else doesn't bring it. I'd rather be in Costco with someone I loved than be in the mountains with someone hated.

LibraryLady
07-13-2008, 12:30 PM
CW, you didn't offend me. I just think you're leading a sad life.

Target has its flaws but it serves a purpose.

Shannon
07-13-2008, 12:42 PM
Target has its flaws but it serves a purpose.

Its purpose is to make me happy.:D I can hang out in Target for hours. I have to take a chaperone if I don't want to spend over $100. If they had decent shoes I would really be in trouble.:p

Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 12:47 PM
CW, you didn't offend me. I just think you're leading a sad life.

Target has its flaws but it serves a purpose.

I wouldn't say "sad," but rather "bemused." Opportunity always beckons and one never knows what awaits over the next hill.

As to Target, I particularly don't like these type of stores, in concept, at least, as they are rapidly "Levittowning" what once was an interesting world.

SaintLouieWoman
07-13-2008, 12:54 PM
Its purpose is to make me happy.:D I can hang out in Target for hours. I have to take a chaperone if I don't want to spend over $100. If they had decent shoes I would really be in trouble.:p
Funny thing, was checking my emails. Target is having a big sale online. We've had trivia contests at the office and sometimes I win a $25 gift certificate. It doesn't take me long to spend it. :D

Admit that I prefer the food at Whole Foods to that at Costco, but every store has its place. I love the big bag of mixed fruit and nuts at Costco. Target often has better prices on DVD's and CD's than either Sam's or Costco.

If Target bothers CW, he'd be appalled at Sam's Club. I hate the Sam's place near our house, rarely use the membership and won't renew it. It's a dreadful place. Perhaps the newer ones are alright.

movie buff
07-13-2008, 02:41 PM
TOTD: Our family's vacation spot in Canada, spending some time with cousins of mine that I'm quite close to.
See, I'll be going up there next week, but by that time, my cousins will have just left to go back home. I'm so disappointed over that.

JB
07-13-2008, 02:52 PM
So, they don't have paper towels in Paris? :confused:

SarasotaRepub
07-13-2008, 03:43 PM
Its purpose is to make me happy.:D I can hang out in Target for hours. I have to take a chaperone if I don't want to spend over $100. If they had decent shoes I would really be in trouble.:p

When I was in Florida the only stuff i bought at Target were gifts for the company Christmas Party. I needed something semi-decent for under 20 bucs. :D

3/4 of the other people in the company agreed.

jendf
07-13-2008, 04:20 PM
I love my Target. They just recently remodeled the one near my apartment. It's shiny and new. I like shiny and new things. :D

I was there this morning in fact before church.

TOTD: I would want to be in Prescott, Arizona. Probably laying in the grass under a large tree just outside of the county courthouse, reading a good book. Later, I would stroll through the Sharlotte Hall Museum for the umpteenth time and then maybe hit Whiskey Row afterward for a drink.

Space Gravy
07-13-2008, 04:31 PM
CW, you didn't offend me. I just think you're leading a sad life.

Target has its flaws but it serves a purpose.

All that red gives me a raging headache.

Cold Warrior
07-13-2008, 05:16 PM
I love my Target. They just recently remodeled the one near my apartment. It's shiny and new. I like shiny and new things. :D

I was there this morning in fact before church.

TOTD: I would want to be in Prescott, Arizona. Probably laying in the grass under a large tree just outside of the county courthouse, reading a good book. Later, I would stroll through the Sharlotte Hall Museum for the umpteenth time and then maybe hit Whiskey Row afterward for a drink.

This one was pretty big and shiny and new as well. What was interesting (and a bit relieving as well) was that, at 4:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon, it was virtually empty! I had thought all of these places were supposed to be packed, particularly now? :confused:

Whiskey Row? Sounds interesting.

ralph wiggum
07-13-2008, 05:31 PM
I like shiny and new things.

I found a brand new shiny penny on the golf course today, would you like me to send that to you? :D

DarkScribe
07-13-2008, 05:55 PM
TOTD: Okay, if I say "hanging out somewhere in the Keys..." my wife would post a :rolleyes: again...so, my answer is...hanging out in some beach-side tiki bar, guzzling beers and eating good seafood with my literary idol, Ed Lee. 'Nuff said. :cool:

jendf
07-13-2008, 06:05 PM
Whiskey Row? Sounds interesting.

A street or "row" of bars, saloons, pubs, a couple of hotels...it has a lot of history and it's right in the heart of downtown Prescott, across the street from the courthouse.

More than you ever wanted to know about Whiskey Row can be found here (http://www.whiskeyrow.us/). I browsed the site for a couple of minutes and already learned some new things.

jendf
07-13-2008, 06:06 PM
I found a brand new shiny penny on the golf course today, would you like me to send that to you? :D

Don't send it to me. Deliver it yourself! ;)

LibraryLady
07-13-2008, 06:52 PM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c12/dtharman/untitled.jpg

Darn it!! 95 degrees and the swim is out. Every evening.....:mad:

lurkalot
07-13-2008, 09:33 PM
Sunday morning:
Sun has brightened up the room enough to give me that twilight moment between asleep and awake, I stretch and the little black dog at my feet lifts his head enough to see if I am serious. A thirty eight pound body comes hurling out of nowhere "snuggles mama" and dives under the covers. A tall man with a killer smile and a cup of coffee just for me gives me a kiss and says "good morning babe"
Thats my sundays and there is no other place I would rather be...