Friday, September 30, 2005
Barbarians at the gate
The boy calls from New York yesterday. He's in Manhattan as the Spanish consulate is holding him hostage refusing to give him his visa for his upcoming Barcelona junket. Yes, I am insanely jealous about Barcelona and No, I do not want to talk about it. Anyway, so he calls yesterevening.
"Hey, where is BM? I can't seem to get through to her"
"How do I know? She must be at work"
"I've been trying to call her for some time now. There's something urgent I have to tell her"
"She did mention something about having no minutes on her phone. Call her later. Whats up anyway?"
"So they are in Britain and they hear music. And he says it sounds like Cacophonix. And then they have pictures of the Beatles singing. This is so funny. I can't believe I forgot this one"
"What are you talking about?"
"And then the British apparently take a break at five every evening to have hot water with a dash of milk. Oh man, I can't stop laughing"
"You can't be seeing what you are seeing"
"But I am. And then they are in Belgium. You have the Thom(p)son characters there who say Gelgium. This is hilarious"
"But you are in New York. And New York is in America"
"I know. Thats why I am trying to call BM. Oh, these Romans, I say!"
"Which store are you in?"
"I am in Barnes & Noble. Can you believe that? I have looked for these guys in every comic book store in the country, and Powells and Strand and every used bookstore to see who would find them first and where do I finally find them? In Barnes & Noble. And guess what? Its the same collectors edition that we saw in Munich - the one BM picked up and took it to the counter before she realised that it was in German. And then she was going to learn German to buy them anyway. I can't wait to tell her about this"
"Hmm..Do you think they will have at the B&N here?"
"I think so. Go look."
Finally, there's some hope for this country. Generations of Americans have had a deprived childhood - a childhood which did not include the Famous Five, Tintin or Asterix. Now, for the first time, American children can experience civilization. The barbarians have arrived.