May 31, 2017

The perfect walk.

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20 comments:

Kevin said...

What an inviting path!

I propose we have a racism free day at Althouse blog. A day free of posts accusing others of racism.

It would be interesting, for just one day, to force people to make bank shots without using a Granny Stick.

n said...

This reminds me of Roger Ebert's short book "The Perfect London Walk." I picked it up at the local bookstore in pre-Amazon days to gear up for a trip to Great Britain. This quote from his book "Life Itself: A Memoir" resonated with me: "I've been back to the cafe several times again, always hoping for the same seat at the same table. Such returns are an important ritual to me. Chaz says it is impossible to get me to do anything the first time, and then impossible to stop me from doing it over and over again." R.I.P Siskel and Ebert

traditionalguy said...

Shady lane. A summertime necessity in Georgia. And it's flat too. No Appalachians in sight.

Original Mike said...

@TradGuy - and it's next to a big, beautiful lake. And there's a pub at the end of it.

tcrosse said...

A lovely walk in the woods. Maybe we can persuade Hillary to walk back into them.

Ann Althouse said...

"@TradGuy - and it's next to a big, beautiful lake. And there's a pub at the end of it."

Yes, to the left is Lake Mendota and not far ahead is the Union Terrace, which is just the nicest place to get something to eat and sit outside. There's ice cream made at the University and there are brats grilled outside. Lots more, often live music. Plenty of people watching. Sailboats. Paddle boards. Just perfect. When I do the walk from home, it's about 3 miles round trip.

Michael K said...

I have a book called Hemingway's Paris, that I have loaned many times to people planning a trip.

Right now, I am listening to an audio book about Hemingway as a KGB agent. Apparently, he was recruited during the Spanish Civil War by the old NKVD. I listen to it commuting to Phoenix.

I have quit comments until things calm down but I read the posts.

Michael K said...

I should add, Hemingway's Paris is about walks in Paris, hence the post.

Inga thinks I am using this blog like Facebook but I like some people here and I do use Facebook but limit "friends" severely.

tcrosse said...

My neighbors in St Paul had one of those old, yellow metal chairs from the Union Terrace in their back yard. Their late Dad was an alumnus, but they didn't know how he got it. It always brought back bittersweet memories to see it.

Clyde said...

Today's Google doodle is interesting and non-political: Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect whose non-rectilinear buildings made me think about the nature of our living spaces. Most buildings are built using right angles, and are rectangular in shape because that is the most efficient use of the space. Hadid's buildings aren't like that. I don't think it's a coincidence that many of them are museums of some sort.

Some would say that living in rectangular rooms in rectangular buildings reflects something fundamental in the human psyche. After all, we spend almost all of our indoor time living in a space shaped like that. Some sports arenas and baseball stadiums are probably the exception to the rule, and in their cases, form follows function.

Perhaps most interesting about the doodle is that it doesn't commemorate the date of Hadid's birth or death, but rather the date in 2004 that she received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first woman to do so.

Michael K said...

I just got my solicitation to be in "America's Top Surgeons." All I have to do is order a book and I'm in. This is an old scam but I once sent in the money for a big Martin Luther King plaque to hang in my waiting room.

Like insurance,

surfed said...

Loved walking the paths around Lake Mendota last year on our drive through American on two lane roads tour. No alligators anywhere. Maybe I can bring a few smallies up this summer and release them. They wouldn't be missed down here and by October they won't be missed up there either.

Michael said...

I like the photo a lot. It would be nice in black and white. Show us.

Lucien said...

@Clyde:

Even in museums and sports arenas most walls are perpendicular to the floor. Decades ago I read about some intelligence service (Mossad?) that used rooms with odd slopes and angles in them to help disorient interrogation subjects (that and Klezmer versions of Lawrence Welk Polkas).

Leigh said...

This path beckons Hillary. She's off the rails more than usual. In an interview/appearance with "Recode" she said that although she made mistakes, her mistakes had nothing to do with her loss. And the "anodyne, boring" nothingburgers that were her emails were "weaponized" by the Russians, possibly disseminated through the Macedonians through timing so impeccable it could only have been engineered by Trump. And forget all about "Her Opponent," the play that discredited the notion women can't be tough; "misogyny bled through all of it," said wizard Hillary. It's just too darn hard for women to win when they get angry and show emotion -- with the exception of Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, and Teresa May, of course. Their voters, of course, are far more sophisticated than "everyday Americans," half of which are deplorable.

David Begley said...

Hillary claims 200,000 voters in Wisconsin were prevented from voting. The whole interview confirms she is delusional.

David Begley said...

The real laugher from the Recode interview was Hillary's whining about the poor data use by her campaign. But she had all of Silicon Valley people available to help her. The CEO of Google offered her help. And she got beat by data newbie Kushner?

Leigh said...

@David Begley, true. She said the DNC data base was in shambles, practically unusable. How can this be, after Obama, the One and Only, had compiled such a sophisticated data base? During his races, people even received personalized Facebook prompts, alerting them that certain "Facebook friends" hadn't voted yet. What happened to this monster data machine?

Leigh said...

P.S. to @David Begley, the DNC is none too pleased with HRC's blame-shifting. (Though the tweets in link below have now been deleted).

http://hotair.com/archives/2017/06/01/dnc-exec-publicly-momentarily-blasts-hillary-blameshifting-failure/

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