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Tuesday, June 20, 2021

When I devised the “Other Sports” subcategory for this blog, I never imagined that I’d be slotting mountain unicycling, or “MUni”, into it.

But if there’s a sport more “other” than this one, I’d like to see it.

Bonus points if Buddhist monks are involved.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/20/2006 11:55:06 PM
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When you think anti-American target, you think foreign-franchise McDonald’s restaurants. As symbols of American political-cultural dominance, they’re typically a primary target for the Molotov cocktails.

And when you think about fertile soil for anti-American sentiment, you think France. The French are always up for a rowdy globalization protest.

It’s a surprise, then, to find out that the French market is a veritable cash cow for the Golden Arches, and a pacesetter for the company’s overseas business:

Indeed, for all the attacks on the company, McDonald’s operating profit in France last year was second only to that of McDonald’s in the United States…

Part of [President of McDonald’s Europe, Denis Hennequin’s] success lies in blurring the national lines about what kind of restaurant McDonald’s is. For one thing, all the buns, meat and other ingredients are from France; virtually all the work force is French.

In fact, the only ingredient that is not French, paradoxically, is the cheese on the cheeseburgers. That is because McDonald’s relies on cheddar — the one kind that the French do not make very well. So, when McDonald’s France promotes a one-month special of large burgers with cheese each winter, the cheese comes from the Netherlands or Austria.

Like I said, a surprise, although maybe it shouldn’t be. Much like other aspects of American popular culture, even societies that are hostile to the United States conceptually tend to embrace the products that come out of Hollywood, etc. I guess Big Macs are seen in the same light now — but the same dynamic makes the restaurants that serve them the target of ill will.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/20/2006 11:41:19 PM
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To celebrate Father’s Day this year, I took my mom to my father’s gravesite. (A day early, actually; it just worked out that way.)

Although this is the second Father’s Day since my dad’s death, the proximity between the two events last year didn’t really make the holiday stand out. This year, it did.

After the weekend, I discovered that a few of my work colleagues also spent their Father’s Day with a cemetery visit, some of them for a few years running. And all of them were in my age range: Early to mid 30s.

So it struck me that this exemplified how my generation is, as a whole, approaching that life stage where the elder generation is departing. Meaning we can look forward to several more ritual visits to the graveyard.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/20/2006 11:00:27 PM
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Just continuing the countdown posting from yesterday.

I’m anticipating the trip to Tampa a little more each day. It’ll be nice just to get away, and for an ideally short period of time. Perfect unwinding time.

As with any travel, though, I’m dreading packing. I’m not going to need much, just a couple of changes of clothes. But it’s always a challenge for me to not overpack. Since I’ll be lugging my single bag from subway to AirTrain, I’ve got solid incentive to not overdo it — I’d feel stupid wearing myself out for no reason.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/20/2006 05:16:58 PM
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