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Favorite Birmingham Middle-Eastern Restaurant
The Purple Onion-The big dog, several locations 20%
Al's-free drinks for students! 0%
Sinbad's-creepy employee with no English, big smile, and 9 fingers 60%
Aladdin's-actually run by Anglo Saxons, serves beer 20%
The Pita Stop-Classier, sit-down restaurant with bar 0%
The Pita Cafe-nondescript 0%

Votes: 5


 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
May 12, 2002
Spawned by a discussion with zikzak and Alyosha last night, today I re-evaluated my surroundings.

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Was it the existentialists that were all about the absurd?

Birmingham, Alabama is absurd. I realized this in a span of about 10 minutes today. I was walking down an empty back street while beautiful Cedar Waxwings chirped overhead. I passed by the New Woman All Women abortion clinic, not 20 feet from where Eric Rudolph planted his bomb. I was faced with a decision. Should I eat at the Middle-Eastern restaurant to the left of the clinic, or at the one to the right of the clinic? I went into the one on the left.

As I ate I read the free Birmingham Weekly. There was an article about the 30th anniversary of George Wallace getting shot. I noticed both of the Middle-Eastern restaurants had taken down the several dozen self-conscious American flags they had put up after 9/11.

Like I said, absurd.

For the benefit of zikzak, and possibly shoeboy, I made the following tally of footwear:

At school, 5 people were wearing shoes, 8 people were wearing sandals, and one lady was barefoot.

At church, 31 people were wearing shoes, and 22 were wearing sandals.

Among the general population on the street and in the restaurant, 27 people were wearing shoes, and 12 were wearing sandals.

General trends: ALL student-age females were wearing sandals or were barefoot. About half of student-age males were wearing sandals. Most middle-aged women wore sandals (all races). About 5 middle-aged men were wearing sandals, 3 white, 2 black. Of about a dozen student-age black males, none were wearing sandals.

Today was a beautiful day and I couldn't imagine wearing socks on such a day.


How ghastly (none / 0) (#1)
by zikzak on Mon May 13th, 2002 at 06:04:34 AM PST
Such a concentration of open-toed footwear in any public environment is enough to make any decent human being shudder with horror, but in church? How else did these would-be worshippers defile the memory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Did they complete their ensemble with tube tops and NASCAR T-shirts?

Yes (none / 0) (#2)
by First Incision on Mon May 13th, 2002 at 01:33:47 PM PST
My church is a very laid-back campus ministry thing. I did not notice any NASCAR t-shirts this sunday, but there is one parishoner who wears them regularly.

Of course there were tube tops. It was 91 degrees F.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Whaddya mean... (none / 0) (#3)
by hauntedattics on Wed May 15th, 2002 at 04:12:58 PM PST
of course there were tube tops??? In some cities, people have enough sense not to commit such vulgar fashion errors, even when it's 91 degrees F.

(Sandals, maybe. Except for those of us whose feet are too disfigured from 20 years of ballet.)

If you still have 5 toes on each, (none / 0) (#4)
by because it isnt on Wed May 15th, 2002 at 04:40:06 PM PST
and no fungal infections, then there's nothing wrong with them. Add a bit of nail varnish and they'll be irresistable. Say to yourself "of course I can wear sandals!" and it won't be long before you stop wearing that burka, too... -- because it isn't

Hey... (none / 0) (#5)
by hauntedattics on Thu May 16th, 2002 at 11:08:58 AM PST
don't knock my burqas, man. They're comfortable, they come in different colors, and I don't have to worry about whether I have lettuce stuck in my teeth.


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