Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Screw Paris!!!

From the New York 2012 Olympics bid story I insist on belaboring, here's more good news (for me): Paris goes on strike just as the IOC folks arrive for a walk-about. When they came to New York, the saw the City festive in saffron honoring Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates." In Paris, on the other hand, their motorcade is forced to maneuver around french workers on strike against the proposed rollback of the 35-hour work week.

Has anyone bothered to ask how a city could hope to run an Olympic games when everyone's working 9 to 5? They should. At least New Yorkers aren't a bunch of whiners.**

** Truth: My sympathies are with the French for demanding that the government help maintain a servicable balance between work and private life, and I think Americans are entirely insane for putting up with the demands made of their time by their employers. But that's another post entirely. And in any event, New Yorkers really aren't a bunch of whiners.


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