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My food philosophy while in the US is: if it exists in Burkina Faso, I won't eat it. So raspberries and blueberries are in, tuna is out. Strawberries are borderline since they're available in BF but only from December to February.

Since I've been heavily engaged in retail therapy, I'm surprised that the numbers on my VISA checkcard are still visible, or that it hasn't burst into flames from overuse. It's amazing to stroll around Union Square amongst the shivering tourists (doesn't anyone check the weather before coming?) that we are a country at war. If I completely tuned out CNN and NPR, I'd have no idea. Anyway, when it comes to shopping, I love Mohamed, but I love myself more.

I've also been indulging a guilty pleasure by watching TV. I really don't "get" reality shows unless they involve some sort of positive transformation or evolution, like Queer Eye or What Not to Wear (although the original British version is bitier). What's up with a show like My Fair Brady? Ugh.
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On July 12th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC), flemmarde commented:
lol... i love the when it comes to shopping line!

i feel the same way. though i was talking to a friend yesterday about how shopping for one's kids is just one more outlet for one's shopping compulsions. could easily be neck and neck or more in her direction for me these days...
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On July 13th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And it's so easy for men - and I imagine kids too - no worries about showing off a fat bottom!
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On July 12th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC), mokey4 commented:
it's freezing in union square? is that union square NYC?

and I agree with you, the positive transformation reality shows make a lot more sense than the weird social dynamics shows. but they can be kind of sick, too, like the ones involving plastic surgery. I love "What Not to Wear," what a fun show! I wonder what they would say about my wardrobe. they would probably tell me that i shouldn't buy something just because it's on sale and it fits- my criteria should be a bit narrower.
On July 13th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC), clynne replied:
Union Square San Francisco. It's surprisingly chilly -- about 75F/23C in shade in the daytime isn't rare and 65F/18C at night, or colder, is common. Plus lots of wind.

Not that cold, you say?

Ah, but all the tourists plan for "Sunny California" and bring nothing but shorts and tank tops.

I don't do the reality shows much, but I was home sick and got hooked on Project Runway. It's AWESOME, except for Heidi Klum, who's pretty wooden. But the drama? No one has more silly drama than silly fashion designers! Plus you get to sit at home critiquing all the outfits! That and "America's Top Chef." I'm telling you now: don't get sick during Bravo's rerun season; they have these marathons and you find yourself describing your day in terms of TV drama to your husband when he comes home...
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On July 13th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC), mokey4 replied:
Ahh, that makes sense. Cuz there's no way anyone would freeze in humid NYC, even when it's below 80 degrees.

I went to San Francisco in August one year, and ended up wearing the one sweater I brought every day I was there. I spent 5 days in San Diego and 4 days in northern CA, so I felt the difference. I think the tourist shops must make a lot of money on people buying sweatshirts to fight the summer chill.
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On July 13th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I actually have the WNTW (British version) books which are really helpful. I wish someone would nominate me for a makeover...I have the same criteria as you do. But I also have Mamadou the Tailor to help me out.
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