Thursday, October 19, 2006

Southern Italy, weddings, chinotto...

This past weekend, immediately upon arriving back from the States, I went to a wedding south of Bari. Bari is in the heel of the boot, and according to my other half (who lived in Egypt for a number of years), is exactly like Africa except with churches instead of mosques. The architecture was definitely different, and the style of driving from Rome on southward was distinctly more hairraising than in the north (which is saying a lot, since I find Italian driving rather hairraising on the best of occasions).

The wedding was lovely - tasteful, with good food, a nice atmosphere, and everything a good wedding should have.

The highlight of the trip, however, must have been the new Fanta flavors I discovered in a gas station and had to try. The first, blood orange, was quite delightful. The second, chinotto was quite the opposite.

Chinotto, it turns out, is a popular Italian soft drink, made from some citrus fruit that is highly bitter and comprises the bitter ingredient of Campari. Now I like Campari just fine, but this is terrible. The Fanta tasted remarkably like a fizzy, non-alcoholic version of Hungarian Unicum. For those of you unfortunate enough to have tasted Hungary's most disgusting export, you can imagine what this was like. For those who haven't, imagine fizzy, non-alcoholic cough syrup.

So that's the news on my front. I'm disgustingly happy. Life is good. And I'm getting into full swing on my research for my various papers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of dessert does your man like?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bathory, Iraq, Katrina and girlfriend boiling, in one column. here.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, let's discuss the regularity and flavor of your hairy crabs.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A must-see for trekkies: Kirk's piece.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kronstadt vs Red Dawn: Perceptions of The Hungarian Revolt by an Irishman calling himself Lenin.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if someone hides directly behind a stereotype? Should we let them kill us in the name of proving to every self-appointed tsampolit that we are not evil?

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All who have been to a better school or Washington DC ought to read the pearls of wisdom at this link from Jesus's own General.

A sample:
"Interview Mentality
Posted By: Williams College on 10-26-2006 1:49 am
Am I wrong to think it is a big advantage to go into an interview on the hill with a chief staff assistant knowing that he was an R.A. during college and that you were a D3 varsity athlete. It has always given me a leg up, both in terms of toughness and maturity, and I feel like it always will."

Don't miss dumping a girl for less than illustrious Greek credentials and $30000 self-discipline.

Why don't more college kids get shot every year? Is security so good at horrible dive bars?

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is "taking over" Europe?

‘We are having the same kind of problems now with the Moroccan people as we had with the Jewish people in the 19th century,’ he says. Most of Amsterdam's Jewish population had come from eastern Europe a century earlier ‘but they lived in ghettoes. They were really not very much integrated.’ At the end of the 19th century, Mr. Mak says, newspapers wrote ‘exactly the same way about Jews as people today are writing about Moroccans.’

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a toilet that flushes the Italian national anthem.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the anti-withdrawal, anti-impeachent, pro-lobbying bribery, pro-torture, anti-labor, anti-female, pro-surveillance, pro-secret prisons, so ravingly Zionist they embarass their Jewish friends Democrats have taken Congress. It remains to be seen if anything changes. But hey, at least that creepy opportunist cult & mercenary company owning decay-hastening anunnaki bastard Devos wasted all his millions.

10:30 PM  

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