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  • The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.

    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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    18 September 2008


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    Sounds like the situation in San Francisco when I moved there in the late 1980s. The lack of water is just a reality there. Too many people. Not sustainable.

    I was so impressed with the California Aqueduct when I saw it in the middle of the dry, brown valley up north. Pretty daunting achievement and a sorry basis for building up a giant mega-city like LA... (All this is making me thirsty!)

    It generally does not rain in the summer in LA in non-drought years.

    I am soooooooo longing for a nice rainy day! Water the plants, Clean the air... Cool this heat wave! A nice pot of soup! A fire in the fireplace! A sweater!

    So much for Fall cool weather... we need to do a rain dance!

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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.

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