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  1. #1 A Sunday Thought Sojourn 
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    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...


    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.


    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).


    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.
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    Okay. Seriously, CW? You had never been in a Target? What?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    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
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    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 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, Sacr Cur, 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    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
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LibraryLady View Post
    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 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, Sacr Cur, 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 (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).
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