25 June 2007

Back in the US of A

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 9:31 pm

No great bloggable insights descended upon me as I stepped onto American pavement for the first time in a couple of years.

Manhattan is fantastic, spectacular, dazzling, overwhelming, turbocharged — but you already knew that. The movies can’t do it justice. Americans generally don’t have as much fashion sense as Western Europeans — but you already knew that too. Even in New York, even among the non-tourists, the attire is pretty ordinary. But collectively the people of Manhattan are extremely colorful: it’s a world city in every respect. And here’s something you might not know: Manhattan isn’t just an aggressive place; it’s also friendly. Manhattan is in your face constantly with such an adrenal outpouring of positive energy that it’s almost too much to bear.

So far everything else about America is just like I remembered it.



  1. Hey, when are you buying a 1. gun 2. muscle car 3. hotdog 4. baseball cap 5. chewing gum ?

    Will Ktismatics now tackle the important stuff?

    Paris Hilton and the new metaphysics.



    Comment by Ivan — 26 June 2007 @ 11:58 am

  2. Since you’ve been gone so long I had to try to track you down. Rumor has it that you got swept up in some new and exciting religious movement whilst in NYC. My private investigator snapped this photo.

    Please explain.


    Comment by Erdman — 26 June 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  3. Ivan –

    I’d guess the likely purchasing sequence will be: 3,5,4,2,1. We did buy hotdogs in France, but we could only get hamburger buns to put them on. There was a street vendor who put hotdogs inside half a baguette — he had a pointed tool for reaming out the baguette so the dog would fit. You could get either mustard or catsup on your dog, but not both.

    Jonathan –

    I’d say the end is nearer than it was when we left France.


    Comment by ktismatics — 28 June 2007 @ 3:24 am

  4. Is there a shade of John Lennon floating through this post?


    Comment by samlcarr — 29 June 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  5. I don’t know how lucky I am?


    Comment by ktismatics — 29 June 2007 @ 3:33 pm

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