It figures you come to Florida for a visit as I'm moving away - damn, I'd love to have bought you both dinner......

Soon, Sarah, soon you will have all the mass merchandisers you could ever hope for. Soon....all those wonderful American "thingys" will be available at your whim.


Meanwhile - enjoy your vacation!

Posted by Tammi at April 13, 2005 04:16 PM

I'll look for your brown shoelaces. I live across the street from a Wal-Mart and a Kmart is next door. And a mall is only a 20 minute walk away. Could you send me a photo, if you have any? I don't want to buy the wrong shade or something ...

Posted by Amritas at April 13, 2005 06:38 PM

Dear Daughter,
I have been searching for tan shoelaces. I can find dark brown, white, off-white, black, etc., but no tan. A pair of tan 36" laces are on their way to you; they did not come in a longer length. If they don't work, I'll keep searching! I've gone EVERYWHERE I can think of to go!

Still searching,
Your mama

Posted by nancy at April 14, 2005 06:01 AM

It's funny, all those years we spent in Germany and after a few years all we could talk about was how much we wanted to go back to the States, where there weren't all these freakin' rules about not washing your car on Sundays, stores stayed open on Saturdays past noon, things were open on Sundays, and yes, finding shoelaces wasn't so much like a search for the Holy Grail.

We've been back in the States for 13 years now (although I took a year break to go to Korea), and oh how I miss Germany, the food, the scenery, the houses with their tile roofs, the castles....

Human nature, maybe, always to want what you don't have. :)

Posted by oldcontroller at April 15, 2005 06:17 PM

...and a big panama with a purple hat band!

Posted by Walter E. Wallis at April 16, 2005 07:48 PM