Monday, July 23, 2007

Dragons and the news

-Over the weekend 200 people were trapped in the Arch at St. Louis when the power went out. I’ve been up in the Arch a few times—if you’re on top on the observation deck, you could always use the stairs to get out. But if you are stuck in one of the pod-like elevator cars…

-In France a woman was arrested for kissing a Cy Twombly painting, leaving lipstick on the canvas. The painting is only worth about $2 million or so. Did she kiss the painting because she felt deep love for it, or was it an act of rebellion against modern art? Or was it on a dare from her lover...

-Demolition workers found mysterious symbols in an old building in Manhattan. Three triangle shapes had been built into a brick wall of this 175-year-old warehouse, which was originally owned by William Colgate, who was a deeply religious man. Community leaders and the developer have preserved the symbols, and historians are researching the building’s past owners to try and find more clues.

-And finally: We’re not the only ones in a heat wave. Parts of Europe are also baking. Three European tourists visiting Serbia dealt with the 104 degree heat by bicycling nude along the Danube River. For which they were fined by the Serbian court. So far, there have been no reports of nude bicycling along the Boise River. But all some people need is a little instigation…

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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
-Jane Austen

May the dragon of life only roast your hot dogs and never burn your buns.

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