Eagle eyed readers will note that Sophie's paws are dark brown. The little stream and waterfall have dried out. They do however remain muddy - extremely muddy. This morning Angus and his shaggy companion share some Labor Day insights from a dark suited Manhattanite. Seems that the American hotel industry is projected to shrink by 45% this year. Only 16% of Americans plan to travel for Labor Day, 25% for Thanksgiving and 29% for Christmas. 14% of hotel rooms are booked for tonight and tomorrow, compared with 41% last year. Sophie is not surprised.
To the cafe with the audacious sparrows for our early morning coffee. Todays offering a study in mundanity. Lumpen, soggy and flavour free. Charity awards it a 6/10 although 5.4 might be more realistic. My fluffy side kick is less critical. All curly croissant ends warrant at least an 11/10.
Two small strawberry tarts are bought for lunch. The girl behind the counter wanders over and strokes Sophie's head. Sophie accepts this familiarity with resigned good grace. She knows that the girl has a small mignardise in her hand. Curly croissant ends and a mignardise. Life is good !
Car buying time. We go to several garages. Angus stipulates how much he will spend, how much he wants for the health hazard dog car and when he expects delivery. He has no interest in colour, seats or wheel finishes. Space in theback for the PONette is the key factor in this choice. If they can come up with something he'll deal. He has less than zero interest in negotiating. The first sales lady finds this Anglo-Saxon approach completely incomprehensible.
The dress code seems rather puritanical for a 'themed' event? : https://www.greenbrier.com/Holidays-Events/Murder-Mystery-Dinner-Theatre-(4).aspx
Can't wait to catch up with this : https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1302014053674446848