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@DC, @ the movies, not @ all in France September 20, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in assorted, general, image.

I was visiting the Smithsonian Museums past weekend in Washington D.C. As soon as one enters the National Air and Space museum, there is a box that solicits voluntary contributions from the visitors. Among the various dollar bills, Chinese Yuans, there was one 10,000 Zimbabwe dollar bill.

At the moment, that is worth about 1.75 USD. I would still take my hat off to the person who made the contribution – I know its meant to be a good-will contribution rather than a substantial one. Even though we know that if Mr. Robert Mugabe has his way, that will soon be worth next to nothing.

By the way, D.C. is a such a beautiful city. The view from the top of the Washington Monument is brilliant. And so is the view of the National Mall area at night. I drove 30 miles into D.C. in the middle of the night just to catch that view. Even the Library of Congress is such splendor. Or the National Archives, where I got a chance to see the original American Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta. The founding principles of this nation although today seem rather common place (notwithstanding the recent foreign policy excesses and experience with slavery) is something I have lot of respect for. It may not be the perfect thing out there as liberals like to remind everyone, but its been better than other horrors the world has seen.

Of course, I still do wonder why office buildings like the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Labor Statistics and such should have been as grand as they are – the bureaucrats have power enough anyway, why those seats of luxury.


Movies watched past week :

The Graduate, Pulp Fiction, The Departed, Taxi Driver, Tsotsi, City of God, Fun with Dick and Jane and Superbad

To put it in perspective, thats more movies than I watched in the past 2 years. I imagine shooting for most movies on this list – the IMDB Top 250. … Some day, for I am starting work in 2 weeks from now and life won’t be the same again.


Liberty. Equality. Fraternity. And now, dental caries.

The article quotes a pair of dentists, one from a Paris teaching hospital and one from the French dentistry association, and offers the following statistics (without citing sources).

– one million French citizens never brush their teeth

– half of all French do not brush their teeth in the evening

– 57% of French children under five have never brushed their teeth

– the average French citizen uses between one and two toothbrushes in a year



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