I don't know. The few remaining scraps from his diary are written in
German. There is a Chateau D'Isque in Alsace-Lorraine, however. It
seems they got chased out of France into Germany in the 1200s by the
peasants. I dunno if there is any connection between them and my
I dunno if I'd make claims to being French, Tom. I lived
just across the border from Lorraine for a few years; crossing
the border was like walking into a trash dump. They had
huge amounts of common litter everywhere in the streets and
on the sidewalks. The best one-word description I can give it
would be "seedy" or "unkempt".
FYI - many of the local Germans spoke quite a bit of French,
too - and they all used a French pronunciation for the town
of Bitburg ("bit-bourgh" - which is why the GIs called it
Just a few miles north, the Luxembourgers concocted a strange
language out of it: Luxembourgish, which is just about half
German and half old French.
This strongly reminds me of my commute 26-28 years ago when I taught
in Durham County and occupied an old farmhouse in Chatham County.
Crossing the county line the *pavement* disappeared and my route led
past a half-dozen informal trash dumps along the rutted washboard dirt
and gravel road. "Seedy" summed it up.
[ just a quickie observation: ]
Nope. From everything I've seen in the past few years, it
was the idiot, strip-mining MBAs demanding more profits this
quarter, pressuring buyers and store managers to replace the
stuff on the shelves with something containing a higher profit
margin. So they dropped the el cheapo model, the mid-range,
and the high end - replacing them with only one offering: an
inferior Chinese model bought for a song, but selling at 80%
of the excellent-quality high-end version price.
Since it is the only widget available, those who *need* a
widget buy it.
It started way before the "past few years". If we, the consumers, had
not started down the cheap tool path the businesses such as Harbor
Freight, Grizzly, etc would not have survived. Since we did start down
that path, other businesses decided they needed to follow that model.
On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 18:40:39 +0000, Susan Hogarth wrote:
In fear of agreeing with the Dweezil, there are no longer any options in
the bicycle tire market. I have a friend that worked at a bike shop
and he states that there are no longer any manufactures of bicycle
tires in the us, and all the manufacturing equiptment was sold. The US no
longer have the ablity to manufacture bicycle tires and we exported the
technology to do so.
On 1/15/2005 1:40 PM US(ET), Susan Hogarth took fingers to keys, and
typed the following:
Thanks for nothing! I was going to write down some items from my Chinese
restaurant menu and all of a sudden, I wanted Chinese food. So did
everyone else in the family. It cost me a trip to the restaurant in
below freezing weather and $51.
TVs, VCRs, any sort of stereo stuff other than the very high end techie
stuff. You need a phone - they are only made in China. They suck, they
have poor sound quality, the plastic is cheap, the batteries don't hold
a charge that long - you want me to go on?
I am sure that if it wasn't for the fact that all these greedy MBAs
wanting to get big compensation packages if they can get 40% return for
their stockholders (when they aren't stealing from their stockholders),
and that the Chinese are artificially holding down the value of the yuan
and engaging in all sorts of unfair trade practices (dumping,
intellectual property crimes, etc.), American companies could invest in
employee training, and in machinery and computers to increase
productivity. Then we could have a variety of products that are higher
quality that are made in America that Americans could purchase with
pride and also know that they are helping to keep their economy going.
Last month - there was a $60 billion trade deficit - that is money that
isn't coming back to this country to create jobs. It's being invested
over in China to build more plants to take more jobs away. It's being
used to buy technology to send chinese rockets into space (and
eventually with nuclear warheads), and to buy arms to eventually invade
Taiwan. It's like investing in Germany before WWII - eventually they
are gonna come after us and we are gonna have to fight them - especially
with their excess male population!
Susan Hogarth wrote:
Here's one: a wheel or gear puller. Try buying one in a
Triangle retail business that isn't made in China.
A non-Chinese anvil, or heavy vise. Want some more?
Trot on down to a local computer store and try to buy a
PC with an American-made motherboard. Even IBM's are made
in China... Same deal for a VCR or TV set. (Probably DVD
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