Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A postcard from Paris

I arrived here just after Floyd Landis took his victory lap down the Champs Elysees, which immediately thereafter resumed being overrun with mimes and other French stereotypes. To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes from Futurama, the food in Paris is like sex, except I'm having it.

As good as the food is in Paris (and Rome), it's surprising that people are so much thinner than in the U.S., even compared to U.S. city dwellers. One main difference is that streets are built for pedestrians, so distances seem closer and driving is a pain in the ass. Of course, despite huge warnings on cigarette packaging, people undo all the health benefits of walking by smoking. It can also make you thin, but is more likely to kill you than being fat.

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