Ramblings From Guardian
We are back from 10 days in France and frankly find ourselves at a loss for content. Here are some unconnected thoughts and facts:
- France is outrageously expensive. Mrs. Guardian has a taste for Diet Coke and they go for about US$4 to $5 many places…leading to several tense discussions.
- US Credit cards with magnetic “swipe strip” don’t work on those toll roads and other automatated credit card locations–French cards have an electronic chip.
- Flights to the USA have a security check both at the concourse and again at the gate. Some places remove shoes, other don’t.
- Rains have made Boise look especially clean, green, and inviting. There is certainly no place like home.
- I joke of having visited the “ends of the earth” at the northernmost TOWN in the world at Hammerfest, Norway as well as the southernmost at Ushuia, Argentina which qualifies me for living in Boise–a place many view as THE END OF THE WORLD. Dave Bieter is less dramatic with his quote, “Most remote city of its size in the USA.”
- The shoeshine guys next to the “Larry Craig Men’s Room” at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport get a good laugh when you just mention you come from Boise. They would never have been on national TV (“that mornin’ show”) without the senator’s help.
- The bike issue needs some reporting and discussion. It is much deeper “we all need to get along.”