Word Association!!

Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan is where Anthony Bourdain once worked. Les Halles in Paris was the location of Café Costes, where I met an unhappy model from Sweden.


She took me home to Stockholm and liked to go to Café Opera.

 
Irma La Douce is a film starring Shirley MacLaine as the titular character who engages in the world’s oldest profession in Les Halles, a neighborhood of Paris once described by Zola as Le Ventre de Paris (the belly of Paris) because of the area’s enormous food market. Le Ventre de Saint James wiggles in excitement at the idea of AYCEing in Les Halles one day and destroying the food chain of the French capital singleforkedly.
 
Bageler's Paradise



Bageler's dream DIII girls


I once knew a Swedish girl who could't help singing Paradise City when she got drunk.
I once knew two girls named Sims and Kraft who wore pairs of dice (big and made of foam in bright colors) as necklaces. Together with their avant-garde apparel including platform shoes, they were way ahead of the fashion scene in mid-70’s Tallahassee. We recruited them to attend one FSU football game vs Mississippi State, whose fan base rang their god awful loud cowbells all game long. With a bit of adult beverages in them, Sims & Kraft drowned them out that afternoon. Certainly a day stringytom will never forget! Pair of dice city!
 
“Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . .

History is hard to know, because of all the hired ********, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . .

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . .

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”


― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

 
Morvern Callar is a novel by Scottish writer Alan Warner and made into a film starring Samantha Morton. Hopefully, it wasn't based upon a precognitive vision Warner had of compatriot @jaggy that explains his absence from this forum.


 
Samantha Eggar is a retired British actress and co-starred with Cary Grant in a funny little film called Walk Don’t Run set in Tokyo during the 1964 Summer Olympics. Despite her gorgeous looks, she is not a love interest for the suave but older Grant but he does play Cupid in an attempt to engineer a change in Eggar’s romantic life.
 
Genghis Khan was very successful at spreading his genes.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/g...ect-descendants-of-genghis-khan/#.XFM5WS2ZPVo
1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan

By Razib Khan | August 5, 2010 12:38 am
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In 2003 a groundbreaking historical genetics paper reported results which indicated that a substantial proportion of men in the world are direct line descendants of Genghis Khan. By direct line, I mean that they carry Y chromosomes which seem to have come down from an individual who lived approximately 1,000 years ago. As Y chromosomes are only passed from father to son, that would mean that the Y is a record of one’s patrilineage. Genghis Khan died ~750 years ago, so assuming 25 years per generation, you get about 30 men between the present and that period.
 
Genghis Khan was very successful at spreading his genes.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/g...ect-descendants-of-genghis-khan/#.XFM5WS2ZPVo
1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan

By Razib Khan | August 5, 2010 12:38 am

In 2003 a groundbreaking historical genetics paper reported results which indicated that a substantial proportion of men in the world are direct line descendants of Genghis Khan. By direct line, I mean that they carry Y chromosomes which seem to have come down from an individual who lived approximately 1,000 years ago. As Y chromosomes are only passed from father to son, that would mean that the Y is a record of one’s patrilineage. Genghis Khan died ~750 years ago, so assuming 25 years per generation, you get about 30 men between the present and that period.
Will POTUS45 successfully surpa.s.s POTUS1 as “Father Of Our Country”??? Five children from three wives (that we know of?) is a solid start.
 
The Eagle Has Landed moment followed by One Small Step By Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this July. Oh the irony...we got there first but now our astronauts must go to Russia to launch for Destination Space Station.
 
Major Tom quickly became a nickname that stuck on young stringytom. I used to kid my dad that I outranked him and deserved a salute from him when he approached me...he retired at CWO4.
My dad had cover jobs at embassies with other parts of the government when he was operational, and had to lie about his real job to everyone, including me, but was officially declared to work for his agency when he moved from operations to the bureaucracy.
 
My dad had cover jobs at embassies with other parts of the government when he was operational, and had to lie about his real job to everyone, including me, but was officially declared to work for his agency when he moved from operations to the bureaucracy.
Careful! The TTW spy amongst us may glean data from your poast and then arrange a honeytrap to lure you into for the purpose of gaining kompromat of you with Marloes Horst. This will be used to recruit you to go undercover in Denmark and engineer a coup of their West-leaning Socialist government.
 
Sexual blackmail, Russia style: a history of ‘kompromat’

Russia has a well-documented record of using kompromat to discredit Kremlin foes
Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 13:52 Updated: Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 13:55
Andrew Higgins, Andrew E Kramer

A guest room in a Moscow Intourist hotel in 1971. When the Soviet Union set up the Intourist hotel and travel company under Stalin, the bellboys, drivers, cooks and maids all worked for the NKVD, the secret police agency later known as the KGB. Photograph: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images
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When the Soviet Union set up the Intourist hotel and travel company under Stalin, the bellboys, drivers, cooks and maids all worked for the NKVD, the secret police agency later known as the KGB. Also on the payroll were the prostitutes deployed to entrap and blackmail visiting foreign politicians and businessmen.
Russia’s Intourist hotels have since been sold off, including the travel company’s once dowdy flagship hostelry just down the road from the Kremlin. Lavishly refurbished and fitted with a spa and special security features, the hotel is now the Ritz-Carlton, a five-star temple of luxurious living that promotes itself as an “unforgettable retreat in the heart of the city”.
But, according to uncorroborated and highly defamatory memos prepared by a former British intelligence operative for a Washington political and corporate research firm, the Ritz has remained a place where foreign guests, including Donald Trump, can fall victim to the Russian art of “kompromat”, the collection of compromising material as a source of leverage.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...russia-style-a-history-of-kompromat-1.2934451
 
Archimedes once said if he were given a lever long enough and a place to stand while manipulating said lever that he could move The Earth off its axis. He was also said to have discovered the concept of fluid displacement while enjoying the pooblic baths in Siracusa (Sicily) and was so excite by his discovery that he ran through the streets half naked exclaiming what many thought was the Greek word, “Eureka!” In fact, he may have been saying to bath mate srshs, “You reek of onions and garlic!”
 
The North End Neighborhood of Boston is the oldest community in the city and many a great dish of Italian cuisine can be enjoyed there in the community that has been called home by religious leaders (Puritan ministers Cotton Mather and John Mayo), university founders (Harvard founder Increase Mather), historical figures (Paul Revere) and mother/grandfather of presidents and senators (Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and her dad).
 
A homeless guy named Jason has been a fixture on International Drive for at least seven years while I have worked along our “strip” of activity. He often pushes a shopping cart with its passenger, a now fully grown pit bull female who is totally docile except when other dogs are around. I give a duck about Jason and his pet.
 
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