Friday, October 28, 2005

FAT ASSED Tourists


HERE IN THE PRESENCE OF WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN,
ONE THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FATHER AND THE OTHER THE
NINETEENTH CENTURY PRESERVER OF OUR NATION, WE HONOR
THOSE TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICANS WHO TOOK UP THE STRUGGLE
DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND MADE THE SACRIFICES TO
PERPETUATE THE GIFT OUR FOREFATHERS ENTRUSTED TO US:
A NATION CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY AND JUSTICE.

These are the words that are carved into a massive stone block at the entrance to the WWII Monument in Washington DC. But I wouldn't know that unless I looked it up because two fat assed tourists were resting their overworked LPCs by sitting said fat asses on this block. Never mind that their were unoccupied benches less than 50 feet away, they apparently wanted to rub their sweaty ass cracks across the names Washington and Lincoln.

Yeah, I guess that what all those guys died for, so fat assed tourists could avail themselves of the right to deface a monument to one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century.

While I'm at it, is October vacation time in Japan? The Smithsonian was filled to the brim with them. Just noticing not begrudging them the right to visit...I just found it odd. But I did also notice that they were taking a lot of pictures of the Zero fighter hanging from the ceiling in the Air and Space Museum, not so many over at the American History museum where they had a nice display featuring a picture of an Atomic mushroom cloud...could the two be connected? I wonder?

I was also taken aback by some guys speaking what I understood to be Spanish, who were standing by the display of some recovered parts of the WTC and giggling as the y reached over and touched it...I can only hope they were laughing in the fact that they were getting away with something that they shouldn't be doing (touching the display of bent metal) rather than the other odious option...I left before I committed some kind of crime.

Sometimes I wonder if we aren't doomed as a nation when I see crap like that. It's a shame really, the monuments and museums are inspiring in their content and beauty and it seems to be wasted on those that meander dumbly through them. What possessed them to visit in the first place? Odd stuff this!

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