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There'll always be a France


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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1


"Imagine all the food you have eaten in your life and consider that you are simply some of that food, rearranged."  -Max Tegmark, physicist


Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."


"...in the mid-’90s when the internet was coming...there was a tendency to assume that when all the world’s knowledge comes online, everyone will flock to it. It turns out that if you give everyone access to the Library of Congress, what they do is watch videos on TikTok."  -Neil Stephenson, author, in The Atlantic


"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." -Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer

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you know....  I wonder about that . . .

not too long back French bakers were very upset with the cheap machine produced baguettes - the mass produced low price threatened their business... because . . . yes, people are price sensitive.


that sort of thing happened in USA long long time ago - today there are very very few local bakeries - it's all mass produced in a cello wrap inside a LDPE bag . . . . 

we have one, exactly one, European immigrant still doing a patisserie type business - no bread, just really good (and really expensive) pastries.

anytime I drive by I stop and buy - stuff I should not be eating . . but I want to support that business . . .


went to school in Germany in the mid-60's.  went back, with family & dog, for a multi-year 'foreign assignment' in the 80's. 

the changes from butcher-baker-candlestick maker 'small shop' to chain "everything" set one abashed.  

visiting friends/etc 90's-2000's weekends (during business trips....) shopping was still 4-5-6+ shops on 'long Saturdays' - really, it was one shop for "toast bread" and a different shop for Broetchen, and . . .

and it only got worse up thru the 2020's . . .

hardly any small artisan shops/products remained - those that remained shifted from 'own products' to vacuum sealed sold in plastic 'massed produced' offerings.


we've lost a lot - but "progress" just does not give a hoot . . .

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