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    « Visite de Boosh à Paris | Main | Hamburg: Home of the tall »

    25 June 2008


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    We have moose in Toronto:


    In 2000, the mayor provided several hundred together with paint and they're still all over the city.

    San Francisco had hearts! Athens had cows, but I couldn't figure out why.

    The first time I was in Hamburg, I was in search of a Hamburger (with one restriction: it couldn't come from an American fast food restaurant). This whimsical pursuit followed my past endeavors of
    having a Key Lime Pie in the Keys,
    having a Dungeness Crab on the Dungeness Spit,
    a Penn Cove Mussel in Penn Cove,
    etc. (My ex-started this trivial pursuit when she ate a Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest)

    However, I found it quite difficult to find a Hamburger in Hamburg, and when I did, it was not very good. But not as bad as when
    Ich habe ein Amerikaner gegessen. ;-)

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    Today's quotation

    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

    Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.