Obama, O Canada, SoCalifornia

Some more doll-related objects and images have made their way into my inbox lately, and I thought they were too bizarre not to share.

First, we have the Obama election doll. I’m going to be so sad when that link expires. Here is my favo(u)rite pose and his accessory collection:

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Next, can we just talk about how I get emails with subject lines like “Hair Care and Underwear” from the Maplelea company (in the interest of Research!):

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 9.54.40 AM(They’re like American girl dolls, except they’re Canadian. Dear Canadians, please don’t hit me for that pithy synopsis.) (Also, not to be confused with the “Our Canadian Girl” series of historical fiction.)

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Last, but not least, a friend of a friend showed me some stereotypical San Bernardino-themed Barbies, which I can’t locate at the moment, but are identical to these Baltimore stereotype Barbies, just with the neighbo(u)rhoods changed.

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One commentator notes, “It’s almost as if there are consistent stereotypes of human beings that can be found anywhere.”

So there’s that.

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NEH: “Mapping Nature Across the Americas” teaser

We got up to some really cool stuff this week at the Newberry Library “Mapping Nature Across the Americas” National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer seminar (including an excursion to the exotic locale of Lamont, Illinois!).

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For now, I’ll leave you with this teaser link to the Spatial History Project at Stanford University. If you like maps and history and using creative visualizations to interpret the past, you should check it out!

You can find out about other environmental history and NEH summer program initiatives on Twitter. :)

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Codifying attire (dress codes!)

Today, I bring you a special segment of what I call “Reasons I’ll never be able to get a job at Hooters, a Playboy Club, or Disneyland.” (A variation on the usual political cartoon swipes files, with apologies to regular readers who might like that stuff.)

Here’s the mash-up of the day, with an added test: see if you can match the following dress code excerpts to the employer (your options are: Hooters, Playboy, or Disney).

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What do a mouse, a bunny, and an owl have in common?

(1) “Smile. Even when you are upset you always have to seem happy, but you need to try to keep a natural and attractive smile in order to show people that you are a happy and a open person.

Remove all types of body and facial piercings only exception are small stick needle size earrings.

Shave regularly. If shaving regularly is too much of a hassle, then try waxing.”

(2) “Our employees come in contact with our guests, as well as with each other in the course of their duties. It is essential that standards of dress, grooming, and personal hygiene be established. Proper care of yourself and constant attention to teeth, nails, hair, body, and uniform is recommended for maintaining good health, appearance, and safe food-handling practices.

Hair is to be styled at all times. No bizarre hair cuts, styles, or colors are acceptable. No hats or headbands are to be worn. No large hair clips or scrunchies.

This is show business.”

(3) “Intentional body alteration or modification for the purpose of achieving a visible, physical effect that disfigures, deforms or similarly detracts from a professional image is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to: visible tattoos, brands, body piercing (other than traditional ear piercing for women), tongue piercing or splitting, tooth filing, earlobe expansion and disfiguring skin implants. Tattoos must be discreetly and completely covered at all times. Jewelry, spacers, retainers, or plugs are not permitted in any body piercing, including non-visible piercings, while working.

Shaving of the eyebrows is not permitted.

Hair should be neatly combed and arranged in a classic, easy-to-maintain style. Extreme styles are not permitted.”

Scroll down a bit for the answers.

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(1) Policing your facial features, piercings, and body hair modifications? That’s from the wikihow for Playboy Bunnies. (Try to be young, slim, and pretty, too.) (Just for kicks, I’ll go ahead and recommend “A Bunny’s Tale” for further reading.)

(2) Policing your teeth, nails, hair, body, and attire? That would by the Hooters Employee Handbook.

(3) Policing your hair, tattoos, piercings, and other body modifications? That’s from “The Disney Look” for would-be Disney employees.

In conclusion, physical appearance regulations seem pretty standard in the entertainment industry. This conclusion (the only one there could possibly be, surely) is drawn from the aforementioned anecdata.

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Feel the heat, W.B. Yeats

(Should maybe be “Feel the hate, W.B. Yeats.”)

First, a poem:

The Scholars

By: William Butler Yeats

Bald heads forgetful of their sins,
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
Edit and annotate the lines
That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love’s despair
To flatter beauty’s ignorant ear.
All shuffle there; all cough in ink;
All wear the carpet with their shoes;
All think what other people think;
All know the man their neighbour knows.
Lord, what would they say
Did their Catullus walk that way?

Next, a hilarious rebuttal:

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How to Find Stuff: A Microfilm Lesson in Three Parts

Part I: The Task Is Set

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Your dad emails you and is all “Hey, you’re at the Newberry Library in Chicago doing a super intensive research program. In your oh-so-abundant abundant spare time, you can look up this dude from our family history on microfilm!” You agree, because sarcasm appeals to your sensibilities and there’s beer involved.

Part II: The Hunt Proceeds

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Go to the Newberry Library. Look that dude up!

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Get the microfilm from the endlessly helpful librarians.

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Get distracted reading about other stuff in the document.

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Find the dude!

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Find out that one microfilm reader always tells the truth and the other always lies only makes hard copies and the other only makes digital copies, for which you need a jump drive, an item that you conveniently left in another city.

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Get the file emailed to you by one of the aforementioned endlessly helpful librarians.

Part III: Rejoicing is Heard Throughout the Inbox

Celebrate your triumph over technology with a beer.

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Things to do / see / eat in Montreal and Quebec City

Sometimes people email me and they are like “HEY I AM GOING TO QUEBEC” and I am like “AWESOME” and then I type them up an email of everything I think they should do. From now on, I’ll just send them here:

MONTREAL

For the non-vegetarians, Schwartz’s Deli has classic smoked meat sandwiches.

Robin Des Bois has great vegetarian options, and it’s just up Boul St.-Laurent. (I am like 99% certain that I have eaten there .. so this recommendation comes from the time I think that I ate there. Perhaps EZH can confirm.)

Boul St.-Laurent is fun to walk. It has lots of shops and thrift stores and restaurants.

Old Montreal is touristy, with lots of great street performance and circus shows (in part because of Cirque de Soleil! But maybe that’s a chicken-and-egg problem). Some of the scenes from the classic Canadian Studies film “Bon Cop, Bad Cop” take place in the port area of Old Montreal.

I once went on an “underground Montreal” tour once which was very good. Can’t seem to find a link, but Montreal is a great place to get a walking tour for architecture and / or history if you dig that sort of thing.

McGill University is pretty nice if you enjoy strolling around campuses. They have a pretty neat free museum called the Redpath that’s full of all sorts of objects, animal, vegetable, mineral, origami, and other.

Across the street from McGill University is the excellent McCord Museum. Fun to visit if you are interested in Montreal history. They had an exhibit about toys, games, and comic books last time I was there.

Food is almost uniformly excellent. Shwarma is inexpensive and abundant. Poutine is delicious. La Belle Province looks sketchy, but they have great poutine that’s very inexpensive because it’s such a sketchy looking chain.

The mountain, Mont Royal, is great to walk up if you enjoy scenic panoramas. To walk up Mont Royal, I like the path that starts behind the McGill residences (dorms). Walk uphill on University, past rue Pins, on the road that goes to the dorms. Behind the dorms, slightly left, is an opening (a legit opening) in the fence, and that gets you on the trail. Go left (or “up!”) to the top for great views. There is usually ice cream and water bottles for sale at the top, but it’s wise to bring water and a snack with you if you like to go at a slower pace. With the exception of short cuts and staircases, the path is generally wide and paved, but it’s wise to watch out for horses, cyclists, and / or sleds, depending on the season.

St. Joseph’s Observatory is a loooong walk from downtown, but nice if you like to look at old churches and relics.

St. Catherine’s is a fun street to stroll down for shops and strip clubs, as you like. I like to poke around comic book shops and bookstores in every city, but I suppose that varies by person. There’s also an underground path connecting most of the major shopping centers (if it’s too cold out — or too hot!).

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec is really awesome if you are in to libraries — for the books, the newspapers and magazines, and for the architecture.

Can’t find the link, but you used to be able to walk in and watch NFB films in your own little chair (or with a friend on a neat double-chair). Any Montrealers know if this is still open? If it is, it’s a great way to pass a rainy afternoon (or watch obscure stuff that’s required for your doctoral program in Canadian Studies).

The Biosphere is a surprisingly awesome museum devoted to water. It’s a bit far from the city, on a neighboring island, but worth it if you’re into science and geodesic domes and playing with toilets in a museum setting (for real).

The Biodome is fine if you are in to zoos, but it’s also a bit far and a bit pricey. My main memory of my only trip to the Biodome is seeing a sad, sad penguin in the corner, like in “Happy Feet” but without the “happy” part.

There’s an indoor ice skating rink… and an outdoor market by Atwater that has food and crafts.

During the summer, you will likely happen upon loads of festivals in the middle of the street – music, comedy, you name it.

Peel Pub is gross – avoid. Very inexpensive, but I’ve heard that they recycle their pitchers. Pretty sure that was a fact featured in the McGill University handbook, so didn’t make it up, at least.

QUEBEC CITY

Quebec City is, and this bears repeating, amazing, amazing, amazing. The whole place is like something out of a video game or history book. (The tourism website tagline is: “So Europe. So close.” They could have added “So doge.” but I digress.)

I’d recommend a tour of the city, but even just wandering around is fun! I’ve only really hung out there as a tourist, but there’s lots to wander around and see – murals, shops, the port, an old church where they give you a tiny ball of bread (word to the wise: don’t eat it when you rediscover it under your couch years later), and generally scenic scenery.

I recommend crepes at Le Restaurant Le Petit Château and according to Trip Advisor the other place that I was going to suggest is closed.

I haven’t been to le Musée de la civilisation à Québec yet, but I am willing to guess it’s great.

Montmorceny Falls is not far if you like nature hikes (or scaling ice, weather permitting).

You can always read more about the city in the forthcoming book Reflecting on the Other National CapitalQuebec City-Ottawa. :-)

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Shining beacon of democracy, or just weird lines?

One more thing about DC… This time in carto-caricatures!

Ernest F. Jessen cartoon, "What's the matter with Alaska? Too many strings!" (circa 1920)

Ernest F. Jessen cartoon, “What’s the matter with Alaska? Too many strings!” (circa 1920)

Cartoon by Helen Fischer advocating statehood for Alaska and Hawaii Description 1957 Political cartoon of the head of a person who appears to be Adlai Stevenson fishing to make Alaska and Hawaii the 49th and 50th states. The U.S. Capitol Building is in the background with a fisherman holding a fishing rod with the state of Alaska hooked in the Fairbanks region and a net with the 49th and 50th stars in it, and a Hawaii fly hooked on the fisherman'; s hat

Cartoon by Helen Fischer advocating statehood for Alaska and Hawaii (1957). The U.S. Capitol Building is in the background.

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From the American Psychological Association 2014 annual meeting advertisement (March 2014).

This excerpt from my dissertation brought to you without any context. You’re welcome.

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Things to do / see / eat in Orange County

The best thing about Orange County is when people visit, which they do with some frequency due to Nicest Weather Ever Syndrome, because then we get to go do fun things. Keep in mind, the weather is constantly amazing / perfect / drought-y, so outdoor activities are the major focus.

Here’s a partial and evolving list, for future visitors and / or interested travelers:

Hikes & Beaches

Back Bay Loop Trail is nice for biking or walking or getting dive-bombed by motorized model airplane enthusiasts. It apparently loops around Newport Beach and the other way (through Irvine) to the mountains, but we’ve only made it as far as the grocery store to date.

— Thousand Steps (yes, a thousand) is an awesome beach with a neat cave area (and a thousand steps down – and up!).

— Corona del Mar is a great, slightly more walkable, beach with (much-contested) bonfire pits.

— We like Holy Jim Falls Trail, which was recommended to us by the good folks at REI (the US equivalent of MEC). Pro Tip: DO NOT DRIVE YOUR PRIUS past the gravel road. It makes bad noises, and turning around was very difficult and took a team of three encouraging people. But the hike is great, and relatively easy (even for first time hikers!). Bring water and snacks. And a first aid kit (whoops). Also, it’s easiest to get there when there’s a drought, but this may also lead to quasi-disappointing water fall photos, because drought.

Crystal Cove State Park is a nice place to spend a day, either hiking or on the beach. It has historical area, a restaurant, and campgrounds. Well worth the $15 for parking if you spend the day there. There’s a steep (but not completely perilous) walk down to the beach depending on where you park. We’ve seen whales off the coast here, and we usually see people pulled over on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) where the signs say “DO NOT PULL OVER.” They’re generally looking back in the direction of Crystal Cove at what I assume are whales or other visible sea–I mean ocean–life.

— We haven’t gone to George F. Canyon Nature Preserve yet, but thanks to lurking around MeetUp.com, I know that it exists. Also, I didn’t do the group trail run, but I found out about Peters Canyon Regional Park, which is another nice, relatively easy hike, depending on the route you take (there are some hills, because it is in the foothills of the mountains!).

Towns & (More) Beaches

— Balboa Island is very cute and touristy, with lots of little candy shops, pubs, restaurants, and junk food venues, including competing chocolate covered banana stands, like in “Arrested Development.” There are beautiful houses on the water here. It’s nice to walk around and not get hit by cars. (True story: the majority of vehicles tend to stop for pedestrians.) Also has a little historical society house which has never been open when I’ve been visiting, but someday!

— Laguna Beach is cute, touristy, and arty, with a small historical society house and nice beach areas. Very walkable little town. The consignment shops that I’ve been in are more $hoppe$ and less consignment, but the Coffee Pub is reasonably priced and set in a cute little shopping center where you can pick up postcards and other touristy necessities.

— Newport Beach has a lot of parking and great beach access, as well as a few piers, a fish mart, and several rental and restaurant-ing options.

— Huntington Beach has a pier with a kite shop and fun diner – both reasonably priced and excellent to visit. It’s probably our fault for visiting on a Friday night, but it seemed to be mostly bars on the main street near the pier. Nice beach, though, and good parking rates if you pick the right lot (aka don’t go where all of the RVs are because you’ll have to pay the $15 a day fee for camping, but the rangers will usually let you turn around if you mess up).

— Santa Ana has a free art walk the first Saturday of every month, with food trucks to  accompany your stroll. There are other events in the downtown, as well, and its way more pedestrian friendly than some of the neighbo(u)ring towns (I’m looking at you, Irvine).

Restaurants (Eat, Drink, Repeat)

— The best pizza that we’ve found is at Sgt. Pepperoni’s in Newport Beach (get the garlic knots) and Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria in Costa Mesa (authentic Chicago decor!).

— Pick up some award-winning Lette macaroons in Fashion Island (possibly the only reason to venture into that place).

— Playground is a fantastic, experimental restaurant in Santa Ana. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth the innovative and delicious menu items that are reinvented every day based on the fresh ingredients that arrive each morning.

— There’s a nearby lunch place called Avacado that has good sandwiches, and a nice dinner place called Phan 55 that has an excellent happy hour.

— We’re not far from boba tea, fondue, a mysterious hooka bar that appears in a parking lot at certain hours that we don’t know, conveyor belt sushi, and other grad student delicacies.

— Paradise Perks WAS a coffee shop that was open shockingly late for Irvine, and hosted various shows during the week (music, comedy). I only enjoyed their tea / coffee / snack options, but it WAS a cool place to hang out, with a pretty decent board game collection. (Addendum: They are currently closed for what I hope are renovations!) (Double Addendum: Someone on Yelp got close enough to read the sign and apparently it’s closed forever. Sad!)

— Silverado has a delicious diner. I recommend the cinnamon bun. It is huge and best split at least three ways. We’ve only gone for brunch a few times, but they have lots of different specials.

— Rooster Cafe has great breakfast burritos and meatball sandwiches. Grab some food to take to the beach! (They serve very generous portions – I have never finished anything I have ordered from here in one sitting.)

— OC Wine Mart is nice for tastings, but closes astonishingly early (in my opinion). Luckily, they sell bottles, so you can buy some wine to take home and enjoy after 6 pm.

Mitsuwa is an EXCELLENT market in Costa Mesa with any kind of Asian food you could want – very inexpensive and delicious.

— We had an excellent lunch at Urban Plates, a very nice, organic, fresh, relatively inexpensive cafeteria-style restaurant (with, of course, a bar inside, because Orange County). They have good veggie options, too.

— It’s California. You’re kind of obligated to eat at In-N-Out (good burgers, fries, and shakes with a free Bible verse suggested on the bottom of every cup). Go animal style or go home! (The vegetarian option is grilled cheese — also available animal style. Can’t beat the quality for the price.)

True story: A friend was visiting from Australia, and someone at Target was like “Omigod, I heard they don’t have In-N-Out there!” (Please note: they don’t have In-N-Out in most of the world, including most of the states that aren’t California.) Her anguish at the lack of In-N-Out in Australia  might be illuminating.

— When we first got here (and still a little bit now), I’d ask everyone I encountered about their favo(u)rite thing(s) to do in Orange County. A possibly alarming number of people suggested the Happy Hour at Yard House, and while we’ve never managed to make it to happy hour, it’s a nice establishment with a very wide beer selection and decent appetizers.

Other Stuff

— The groups over at MeetUp.com are always proposing neat activities, so I like to lurk there and see what’s on in terms of current events. There are stand up comedy shows, musicals, movies in the park, hikes, you name it (but you might have to drive for it, cry cry).

—  You can check out the Disney fireworks in Anaheim. (Visible from outside of the park.)

— You can go outlet mall shopping, anti-mall shopping (at a mall that pretends to not be a mall?), regular mall shopping, and just straight up non-stop shopping shopping. Or, my favo(u)rite, comic book store exploring.

— The Pacific Coast Highway is cool to drive (along the coast!), just don’t take it all the way to LA unless getting there in a timely fashion is not really your goal.

— Stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and bikes are all available for rent near / in / around Newport Beach (and along the coast generally).

— You can go bowling or visit Boomers, which has go carts and games and small carnival rides.

— There are a lot of museums, cultural centers, and historical societies around that we haven’t visited yet. There are lots of free days, too. (Usually on the second Sundays or first Thursdays or something.)

— It seems like every building around here has a hot tub and swimming pool – drought be damned! You can also go to 24-hour LA Fitness gyms. There is one about every 10 feet.

— If you like manicures, pedicures, tanning, waxing, Botox, or fertility treatments, you are in luck! I’m not saying that Orange County has more of those facilities per capita than any where else on the planet, I’m just saying that if someone said that it did, I would not be even a little surprised.

— Orange County Great Park is nice to walk around. They have a farmer’s market, a hot air balloon ride, and a small community museum. (It is, unlike everything else listed here, FLAT. Used to be a military base.)

— If you look for signs on your way out of Silverado, you might stumble upon a neat hummingbird sanctuary called Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s at the end of a pretty small road and doesn’t seem to get crowded. Well worth a stroll.

— There are, perhaps not surprisingly, 2942039482093 theaters and cinemas and whatnot in the area. You can catch a local theater performance (which will inevitably include at least 3 actors who have been on CSI or Buffy) or see movies from cheap to artsy and everything in between. There are outdoor shows, outdoor performances, and film festivals all over the place – just check yer trusty ole Internet.

— We are a bit far from Riverside, but if you find yourself over that way, Sevilla in the Historic Mission District (right near the Amtrak / Metrolink Station) has great sangria and tapas.

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As another plus, Orange County is really close to Los Angeles and San Diego (and relatively close-ish to Santa Barbara). Greatest hits posts for both cities coming up next month!

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Don’t be square! Adventures in mapping Washington, DC.

A while back, a friend was admiring (okay, questioning) some map-art that I had on display. Specifically, he wanted to know what this was:

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It is, for those who didn’t read the title of this post, the shape of Washington, DC:

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Well, if we’re making value judgements, a better (read: slightly more representationally accurate) map would be this one:

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The shape would be easier to recognize if you spent, I don’t know, thirty seconds in Washington, DC, where this map-as-logo appears every few feet (or thimble-whispers, if you talk metric).

Here are just a few of the places where I noticed the shape of DC:

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Left to right: a construction company advertisement, the Department of Parks & Recreation sign, and in an exhibit at the public library built by DC school children.

Once you start looking, you’ll see it all over the place:

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 (Because, if you remember, they can’t actually vote.)

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Circular City Map by Archie Archambault

Circular City Map by Archie Archambault

** Bonus Material **

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This is the flag of DC, which will be relevant in about two sentences.

The 2014 American Psychological Association Annual Convention brochure came in the mail, and look what I found on the back:

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(I don’t know how you would know that that’s DC if you weren’t already familiar with the flag and the map-as-logo shape, because the back of the flyer only talks about Toronto.)

BUT, as I found out while looking for pictures of DC to trace into the artwork shown in Figure 1, DC used to be a square, as shown in this map from 1835:

455px-Map_of_the_District_of_Columbia,_1835Apparently, as Wikipedia informed me, the territory of Washington, DC, was first of all stolen from the Piscataway and Nacotchtank peoples, then invented out of territory that formerly fell under the jurisdictions of Maryland and Virginia.

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The Organic Act of 1801 put the District of Columbia under the control of the federal government (which, as discussed previously, means variations on a theme of disenfranchisement for locals).

In 1846, Congress “retrocession-ed” the territory that had been ‘donated’ by the state of Virginia, and then outlawed slave trading (but not slavery) in DC in 1850.

Learning barely anything about the incredibly complicated history of the territory makes me want to read a lot more about it. I think I’ll start with this book:

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which a recent H-Net review called “required reading for any student of the antislavery movement.”

*** Double Bonus ***

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See if you can find places where DC is missing altogether.

Dear regular readers,

You’ll be seeing a lot of travel tips and Swipes Files in this space for the next few weeks while I go Get Up To Stuff. Comments will be moderately less frequently, etc. I’ll fill you in on my Super Secret Research Trip when I get back in September! :-)

(It’s not a secret, but that sounds a bit more exotic than “Staying at the Newberry Library until they kick me out every evening.”)

UPDATE

Just found this while looking through state Department of Transportation and government websites for another project:

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“Schizophrénie linguistique”

I will not speak French on the school grounds.
I will not speak French on the school grounds.
I will not speak French…
I will not speak French…
I will not speak French…
Hé ! Ils sont pas bêtes, salauds.
Après mille fois, ça commence à pénétrer
Dans n’importe quel esprit.
Ça fait mal ; ça fait honte ;
Puis là, ça fait plus mal.
Ça devient automatique.
Et on ne speak pas French on the school grounds
Et ni anywhere else non plus.
Jamais avec des étrangers.
On sait jamais qui a l’autorité
De faire écrire ses sacrées lignes
À n’importe quel âge.
Surtout pas avec les enfants.
Faut jamais que eux, ils passent leur temps de recess
À écrire ces sacrées lignes.
Faut pas qu’ils aient besoin d’écrire ça
Parce qu’il faut pas qu’ils parlent français du tout.
Ça laisse voir qu’on est rien que des Cadiens.
Don’t mind us, we’re just poor coonasses.
Basse classe, faut cacher ça.
Faut dépasser ça.
Faut parler anglais.
Faut regarder la télévision en anglais.
Faut écouter la radio en anglais.
Comme de bons Américains.
Why not just go ahead and learn English.
Don’t fight it. It’s much easier anyway.
No bilingual bills, no bilingual publicity.
No danger of internal frontiers.
Enseignez l’anglais aux enfants.
Rendez-les tout le long,
Tout le long jusqu’aux discos,
Jusqu’au Million Dollar Man.
On a pas réellement besoin de parler français quand même.
C’est les Etats-Unis ici,
Land of the free.
On restera toujours rien que des poor coonasses.
Coonass. Non, non. Ça gêne pas.
C’est juste un petit nom.
Ça veut rien dire.
C’est pour s’amuser. Ça gêne pas.
On aime ça. C’est cute.
Ça nous fait pas fâchés. Ça nous fait rire.
Mais quand on doit rire, c’est en quelle langue qu’on rit ?
Et pour pleurer, c’est en quelle langue qu’on pleure ?
Et pour crier ?
Et chanter ?
Et aimer ?
Et vivre ?

- Jean ARCENEAUX, Juillet 1978

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