The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Monday, April 26, 2004

THE BERLIN / BOSTON AXIS: The city of Berlin, Germany, recently installed garbage cans throughout the city that say thank you in three languages to whoever uses them, an invention being hailed as one of the great technological innovations of our time. News of this innovation has made its way to the United States, where, until now, garbage cans have been singularly skimpy with the praise. All of that is now changing. The city fathers of Boston, Massachusetts, for example, concerned about the heaps of garbage inundating the city and the lack of civility that comes from living up to your eyeballs in garbage laden Hefty bags, are thinking about importing the new German garbage cans, except that the Beantown bins will not say thank you but rather "The Yankees Suck!"


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