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post #76 of 86
a friend of my wife's was telling her about how much she had enjoyed traveling to london - "all the great little cafes, and the wonderful food, and it was so romantic" so I laughed and said, jokingly, "sounds like you are talking about Paris" and she said "oh, maybe I mixed this up, I went to Paris and London on the same trip, what language to they speak in London?"
post #77 of 86
What I like about Americans is that they are pretty direct (in general). I was in Paris a couple of months ago and I was speaking in Dutch with a friend of mine, this American doctor overheard our conversation and became quite interested in us. So we ended up having a nice conversation about some of the cultural differences between the US/Europe in general and Florida (where he was from) and Holland in particular. I really like those conversation. What I always think is funny is that a lot of Europeans criticize Americans for not knowing European topography. But When I ask them if they can point out Detroit (or TX for that matter) on a map of the U.S. they can't do it either. Funniest thing I ran into with an American was on my way back from Paris to Amsterdam in the Thalys (train). There was this backpacking treehugging Greenpeace activist reading a book titled: "Why you should be against globalization" or something similar. So I expected hear to want to discuss something and indeed, after about 30 minutes she fiercely pointed out everything she just read. But when we actually started discussing the contents of the book I came very close to actually converting her into a globalist
post #78 of 86
that's because it is impossible for an intellegent person to be against globilization, once they actually listen to the ractional points involved (unless they are stoned)
post #79 of 86
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that's because it is impossible for an intellegent person to be against globilization, once they actually listen to the ractional points involved (unless they are stoned)  
She was working for Greenpeace and at one point she started bitching that because of globalization 'that Brent Spar thingy' at that time was a danger to the entire world Actually I did a report on it for a class. Greenpeace really screwed that up and lost a lot of credibility. When we confronted her with some of the facts she went very, very quiet
post #80 of 86
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What I like about Americans is that they are pretty direct (in general). I was in Paris a couple of months ago and I was speaking in Dutch with a friend of mine, this American doctor overheard our conversation and became quite interested in us. So we ended up having a nice conversation about some of the cultural differences between the US/Europe in general and Florida (where he was from) and Holland in particular. I really like those conversation. What I always think is funny is that a lot of Europeans criticize Americans for not knowing European topography. But When I ask them if they can point out Detroit (or TX for that matter) on a map of the U.S. they can't do it either. Funniest thing I ran into with an American was on my way back from Paris to Amsterdam in the Thalys (train). There was this backpacking treehugging Greenpeace activist reading a book titled: "Why you should be against globalization" or something similar. So I expected hear to want to discuss something and indeed, after about 30 minutes she fiercely pointed out everything she just read. But when we actually started discussing the contents of the book I came very close to actually converting her into a globalist
I am not American but I will try to be direct : I am still waiting for your reply in PM about the friend of your dad ...
post #81 of 86
I asked for you, but I can't help you. My dad says for him she works virtually free because he helped her set up this business. I haven't talked to that person myself.
post #82 of 86
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I asked for you, but I can't help you. My dad says for him she works virtually free because he helped her set up this business. I haven't talked to that person myself.
You said me you would ask so I wan waiting for an answer...
post #83 of 86
Fabienne, you are cute. I like your style.
post #84 of 86
Here's another one that most of you probably aren't aware of yet but will become more apparent as the Chinese middle class begins to travel abroad more: The modern Chinese male -- off-the-rack black suit with label still on the sleeve, dark golf shirt, man-purse, fake alligator shoes, translucent polyester socks, and requisite cigarette held between forefinger and thumb like a German SS officer. The boldest color these guys venture into is navy blue, and I guess even that is considered a bit "fruity". Black suits are worn pretty universally here; even farmers and construction workers wear them while doing manual labor every day. That being said, Shanghai is still a great place to get quality tailoring at a great price.
post #85 of 86
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Black suits are worn pretty universally here; even farmers and construction workers wear them while doing manual labor every day.
I do remember the same thing for Turkey, but the suits were more taupe or grey. I saw men fixing the streets in Istanbul wearing suits and sometimes even long, rather elegant topcoats. When you look at pictures of war-time Paris, and I'm sure this goes for most other European countries, men were in suits, and if not, they at least wore a dress shirt, and often a hat. What happened.?.. Related side note: Everybody should go read the top ten lists ViroBono posted in the joke thread. I couldn't stop laughing.
post #86 of 86
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Tiger02 - The boots worn with most Mess Dress uniforms are called George Boots, and are available in plain and patent leather, and fitted for spurs or not.  Example here: Boots Or how about Mess Wellingtons: more boots
ViroBono, interesting site, thanks for the link. I see that your service is less immune to the pre-tied bow tie and polyester shirt than you'd like I picked up a pair of black Grenson jodhpurs that will look similar to the George boots under the uniform. I wish I had the patience to wait and see Bennie's stock in February, but I have at least two balls between now and then. Paul Stuart on Madison had one pair left in my size and on sale, got a decent but not phenomenal deal. Haven't earned my spurs and have no plans to do so, so not an issue Tom
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