Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I’ll be catching up on the blogging soon.

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:12 AM Permalink

Mr. Vidiot and I went away for the holiday. One of his professor’s had a friend who wanted to come to NYC for a week and well, and since she lived in Paris, we swapped apartments. I mean, it would’ve been stupid not to, n’est ce pas?

Anyway, we do have a few thoughts about Paris.
Now, I’m not all down on the US or anything, but why on earth can’t we look at how some of these European countries do things, what’s right and what’s wrong and just do it? Nobody recycles here. Why not? Their metro systems are way more efficient than ours, and way less offensive. Sometimes, here, I get the feeling that they only begrudgingly supply public transportation. The pharmacies don’t cost much. We got a box of Sudafed for a little over one euro. I suspect that sort of thing is subsidized. As it should be.


Yes, we enjoyed Europe. Yes, even though we had a free place to stay, it cost as an arm and a leg to just eat because our dollar is merde. And yes, every time we heard an American accent, we ran in the opposite direction. But it all just seemed so much more civilized. So many Americans spend so much time bashing the French, which is just so ridiculous. On many things, we should be taking lessons from them.

Oh, and yes, I know fois gras comes from tortured ducks. But I don’t care. It’s delicious.



At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food in Paris -- not restaurant food, but supermarket and specialty-market food -- is much cheaper than in NYC, even with the higher euro. And, it tastes better!!!

At 5:11 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

And, had I been able to talk Mr. Vidiot into staying in one night, I would've known that.

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone thinks Manhattan is elitist, they should go to most western European cities. Paris is example number one. People of average or lesser means are pushed into housing projects on the outskirts of the city on a scale the likes of which NYC has never seen. So, no, its not surprising the "Parisians" in "Paris" are thinner, dress better, and are more 'civilized'. Of the trains, I cannot speak; more public funding, maybe.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Of course people of 'lesser means' are pushed out. Who the hell can afford the real estate but the freakin' elitists?

My point was just that, when compared to Americans, and even New York Americans, the Parisians have a sort of bourgeois attitude. Even though they are proles like us, they seem to make more of an effort to seem more aristocratic. I rather liked it because it’s gentler on the senses. Living in a city is just one affront after another. No need to make it worse by acting like a peasant.


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