Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The hotel and airline industries are busy sending out e-mails. This morning Angus finds an e-mail from Hyatt informing him that the Cleveland Clinic is advising them on germ control. This is reassuring. They also say I can have private bee keeping lessons on the roof of 'certain' hotels. This is less reassuring. A hotel in Arizona sends an e-mail that is effusive in its enthusiasm to welcome me back. ' It's been too long ' they say chirpily. In fact it's been twenty five years since we stayed there amid a disastrous family holiday in Tucson. Little did we know that Arizona had a rainy season that can put Scotland to shame.
The gendarmes have been to the village to interview witnesses about the altercation and subsequent hedge felling incident involving the man with anger management issues and the German billionaires builder. The Belgian lady has provided a statement. The old mayor and the new mayor find themselves on different sides of the dispute. Being foreigners we have opted for the ' We're a bit simple and no speekee the French so good ' approach to village quarrels. ' The Font ' rather delphically thinks this is a role Angus will have no problem playing.
Off for our early morning shop. At the frozen food store frogs legs next door to the Sea Bass. You don't find that in the UK.
In the large greengrocers a sign prohibiting customers from using their fingers to pick up the cherries. A scoop is provided. Angus looks on in horror as a man ahead of him picks up one, then another and then a third. Having eaten the cherries he then places the cherry stones on the edge of the display cabinet. No cherries for us today. Angus is once again unsure whether his discomfort is based on the mans lack of hygiene or the theft involved .
To the cafe that serves good croissants. Angus orders two but 'The Font' speaks to the waitress and changes that to just the one. Angus and Sophie are disappointed. Todays croissant is a 8.9/10. A second would have been a 9.5/10.
Today we breakfast among the early rising gentlemen of the local sanitation department.
They have brought their trucks with them. Sophie sits with her nose high drinking in all the exotic smells. Canine contentment. She wanders over and checks the dustbin mens footwear. They coo at her but she's quite oblivious to anything other than their perfumed boots. The life of a diva is truly wonderful.
Australia shares this brand of humour. Possibly the US. Canada too ? Not many places would be allowed to scorn their politicians : https://twitter.com/Darren_Dutton/status/1275344859885379584
Americans apparently drink this. Having read the story I'm no closer to knowing what it is :
Can this be happening in Texas ? : https://twitter.com/PeterHotez/status/1274312975340486656