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  • dearieme

    You don’t enjoy Black Pudding? Barbarian!

  • JKB

    I’ve been in many a hotel with beautiful luxurious lobbies. That didn’t make the rooms any less seedy although I assume it pleased the front desk staff.

    On the other hand, some of the best food and hospitality is served at the hole in the wall place.

  • “One of my teachers back at Pundit U used to tell the story of his visit to those docks to welcome a distinguished Swiss theologian visiting the seminary where my professor studied for the ministry . . . The distinguished Swiss thinker emerged from the customs and immigration zone and my professor, then in his early twenties, went up to greet him. He was taking him to a taxi stand when the theologian saw a wino passed out, lying against one of the metal supports of the elevated highway. Shocked, the European intellectual rushed forward, bent over the wino, and, like a good Protestant theologian ready to be a Good Samaritan, started asking in Swiss-accented English, ‘My good man, what is wrong? How can I help you?’ My professor, horrified, pulled the theologian back from the dirty, vomit and urine soaked wino and blurted out the first words that came to his mind: ‘Herr Doctor,’ he said, ‘We don’t do that in this country.’
    He said he had never seen such a look of disgust and dismay on the face of another human being; the drive to the seminary was silent and long.”

    Extremely powerful, well-told story. Yet you would seem to draw no inferences of any kind from it, much less conclusions. But might not at least a QUESTION or two be in order?

    I happen to have two at the moment: Is that the way we STILL “don’t do” certain things in this country? And insofar as we haven’t changed since the time of your professor’s anecdote (c. 1950?), is that for the better or the worse?

  • ejhgf69r9di

    Is it wrong to allow people to sleep off a drinking binge on the street? Don’t individual rights include the right to be a wino? It didn’t sound like the wino was emaciated from malnutrition. Is it better to lock them up in an asylums? I don’t know. I’m just asking. Who has the right to decide whether someone is ill and should be forced into treatment or they have the right to be different?

  • LarryD

    In smaller towns it once was the custom for the local drunks to be “locked up” for the night. To be released in the morning, without charges. In short, the police operated a shelter, putting the local winos in a safe place to sleep off their drunkenness.

    The courts put a stop to that, I’m not sure that the judges thought out the consequences fully.

  • El Gordo

    I don´t envy the Chinese. The salient fact about China´s infrastructure is that it has to be new and shiny because they didn´t have any 30 years ago. We shouldn´t complain: Our infrastructure grew over a century while generations have enjoyed the benefits. Let us see how China´s airports look 30 years from now compared to ours.

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