By Karen Langdon on April 10, in Freebies!
Six To Eight Black Men by David Sedaris Sint Nicolaaskerk, Amsterdam, across the canal from Central Station Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam, accompanied by his "helpers," shown below St Nicholas Center Collection I've never been much for guidebooks, so when trying to get my bearings in a strange American city, I normally start by asking the cab driver or hotel clerk some silly question regarding the latest census figures.
I say silly because I don't really care how many people live in Olympia, Washington, or Columbus, Ohio. They're nice enough places, but the numbers mean nothing to me.
My second question might have to do with average annual rainfall, which, again, doesn't tell me anything about the people who have chosen to call this place home. What really interests me are the local gun laws.
Can I carry a concealed weapon, and if so, under what circumstances?
What's the waiting period for a tommy gun? Could I buy a Glock 17 if I were recently divorced or fired from my job? I've learned from experience that it's best to lead into this subject as delicately as possible, especially if you and the local citizen are alone and enclosed in a relatively small space.
Bide your time, though, and you can walk away with some excellent stories. I've heard, for example, that the blind can legally hunt in both Texas and Michigan. They must be accompanied by a sighted companion, but still, it seems a bit risky.
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You wouldn't want a blind person driving a car or piloting a plane, so why hand him a rifle? What sense does that make? I ask about guns not because I want one of my own but because the answers vary so widely from state to state. In a country that's become so homogenous, I'm reassured by these last touches of regionalism.
Guns aren't really an issue in Europe, so when I'm traveling abroad, my first question usually relates to barnyard animals. In Germany, where dogs bark "vow vow" and both the frog and the duck say "quack," the rooster greets the dawn with a hearty "kik-a-ricki.
When told that an American rooster says "cock-a-doodle-doo," my hosts look at me with disbelief and pity. People who traditionally open gifts on Christmas Eve seem a bit more pious and family oriented than those who wait until Christmas morning.
They go to mass, open presents, eat a late meal, return to church the following morning, and devote the rest of the day to eating another big meal.
Gifts are generally reserved for children, and the parents tend not to go overboard. It's nothing I'd want for myself, but I suppose it's fine for those who prefer food and family to things of real value. It sounded sort of quaint until I spoke to a man named Oscar, who filled me in on a few of the details as we walked from my hotel to the Amsterdam train station.
Unlike the jolly, obese American Santa, Saint Nicholas is painfully thin and dresses not unlike the pope, topping his robes with a tall hat resembling an embroidered tea cozy. The outfit, I was told, is a carryover from his former career, when he served as a bishop in Turkey.
One doesn't want to be too much of a cultural chauvinist, but this seemed completely wrong to me.
For starters, Santa didn't use to do anything. He's not retired, and, more important, he has nothing to do with Turkey. The climate's all wrong, and people wouldn't appreciate him. When asked how he got from Turkey to the North Pole, Oscar told me with complete conviction that Saint Nicholas currently resides in Spain, which again is simply not true.
While he could probably live wherever he wanted, Santa chose the North Pole specifically because it is harsh and isolated. No one can spy on him, and he doesn't have to worry about people coming to the door.
Anyone can come to the door in Spain, and in that outfit, he'd most certainly be recognized.Personal Narrative Unit 2 (1) Understanding a Small Moment Minilesson Teaching Point: Understanding a Small Moment. think about the small moment you were writing yesterday, or think about a new small moment.
Make a Your own Small Moment story or use the example below.
I love to write creative writing prompts. For over seven years, I have been coming up with new ideas every week for The Write Prompts.. Here, I do the same, only these are all starter or "continue on" writing .
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