Monday, April 14, 2008

Hanami at MemChu and a Firing Squad Line-up

Karen came for a visit. Lots of long walks for me with her! She and Alice went to see a big flowering double cherry. Again, I do not see the point in that. Sniffing the trunk, yes. Peering at flowers, no.
I'm still not sure why people like flowers....
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Rockies, this group of central bankers and finance ministers lined up, "firing-squad" style as professional PR photogs dislike so, across the street from the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. They missed completely the Cherry Blossom Tea at the Willard earlier this month. Could have seen those fabulous displays of cherry blossoms, Alice says. Talk about lousy timing for a big meeting of their kith, kin, and ilk. They COULD have been in DC for the peak of the Cherry Blossom season. Walked around the blossoms. Sniffed the tree trunks. Meditated on the fleeting time of life as those blossoms remind one to do, says Alice.
But no. Instead they pulled out their dark suits and lined up as if ready for a funeral or a firing squad. One is out of the loop. He did not get the word: black suits only. No blue suits....
At least one had an iota of fahion sense in honor of the season. Naturally, 'twas a Frenchwoman, Christine.
I bet all of them who have dogs would have prefered to walk their dogs instead of posing for that picture. If not, they are simply not decent dog people.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking by it.