As of January 2018, the minimum wage in Michigan is going up to $9.25/hour. The splendid new Hard Taco song for this month, "By Time Your Hear the Buzzing, It's Too Late," is 3 minutes and 19 seconds long. If you cross-multiply and divide, I would now have to pay someone at least 51 cents to listen to this it, and I just don't have that kind of money. If I did, I would probably spend it on the one other thing that costs exactly 51 cents... a commemorative elongated coin (Classic HT Digest on that subject available here.)
We just returned from a glorious family trip to Paris. France is a delightful country that has become known for one thing and one thing only... parkour. Also called French free-running, parkour is a discipline in which urbanites proceed from one place to another as quickly as possible, without using any assistive equipment. Imagine a lithe young person sprinting on all fours, scaling ancient stone walls, and vaulting over statues. Now picture 2.2 million people doing this at the same time. Do they all have great hair, skinny jeans and a scarf? If so, you are picturing Paris in 2018.
|A plaque at the base of the Louvre pyramid. In English, "The practice of parkour is mind-blowingly|
awesome. As a public service, the museum will take complete responsibility for any injuries."
For hundreds of years, tourists have flocked to The City of Lights to see the great monuments. Now they come to climb those monuments and jump off them, customarily in the most badass way possible.
|Inscribed on the base of the statue: Saucer par-dessus le bras de Louis.|
Please jump over the Louis XIV's arm.
Guy's Lesson 1: L'ouseau stupide salute our votre bras.
Guy's Lesson 3: Marcher sur une chose.
|Guy says, "Put your boot on the short thing you just jumped over. |
Make your body look big to show dominance."
Guy's Lesson 4: Avoir honte et se coucher.
|Guy says, "If you fall on your back during Lesson 3, |
don't just lie there, smiling like an idiot.
Look deeply ashamed, then get up and try again."
Guy's Lesson 5: Descendre tous les escaliers à la fois.