We travel to see what is different, and what is the same. We travel to experience history, and cultures, and to learn more about ourselves. We travel because people in other places are insane. Proof?
In Villa Park, Illinois (home of a branch of the B family) a law is being considered that would (a) ban people in bars from dancing on the bar, on tables, or on chairs, and (b) ban bar employees from being drunk at work. The pros? "'Do we want to give the image of the tattooed person dancing on the table?' Trustee Richard Illian said. 'We're trying to clean up the village. We have an image to protect.'" The cons? "'Dancing on the bar -- you're taking away their freedom of expression,' Shepard said. 'I don't think this board or this town should walk into a business and tell them how to run their business.'"
Wow. Where to start? Tattooed people? The horror! How would Villa Park ever overcome the shame of having people with ink dancing on a table. Freedom of expression? Turns out that Barnes (no relation) already settled that. Seems to me that if they can make you wear a g-string and pasties, they can keep you from "expressing yourself" on a table top.
Meanwhile, in beautiful Baghdad (100 degrees, 14% humidity today) there are big plans for the future. Apparently the city is contemplating building the Eye of Baghdad, which would look similar to this and be over 650 feel tall. In addition, there are plans for a Romantic island in the Tigris, and a SIX star hotel/spa in the city (the sixth star is for sexy). What, no Pleasuredome in this new Xanadu on the rivers? Instead of all that they should build a really tricked out, MTV-Cribs-if-you-have-to-ask-it's-too-expensive palace. That'd be cool.