Overpass on the Garden State Parkway at Sunset
Provenance: Purchased at a postcard dork trade show, April 2011.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,2. Where's this?
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
I can't believe I didn't remember to tell you this, but I just received a pretty boring postcard from Finland which reminded me -- you should sign up for postcrossing.com to spread boring postcards all over the world, and to receive boring postcards from all over the world.This was, if not exactly a burning bush, certainly a suggestion with powerful resonance for a guy with my level of spastic affection for paper ephemera. Plus, fingerstothebone has clout. So sign up for PostCrossing I did!
It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.
[Romania] had used a blank tricolor in the past, but during the communist era... there was an appropriate communist national symbol in the yellow stripe.During that time period, newly independent Chad decided that it would make its flag the tricolor of primaries, since nobody else was using it. But then:
After the cretinous Ceauşescu dictatorship was toppled in the late '80s, [the communist] symbols began to be torn off or cut out of Romania's flags, sometimes leaving a defiant hole in the yellow stripe.
In 1989, the blank tricolor was made official -- but this rendered Romania's flag identical to what was now an existing national flag, Chad's. Chad complained about this to the U.N. in 1994, but Romania understandably didn't feel like changing at that point. I can't imagine that anyone in the international diplomatic community felt too excited about taking the question on; in any event, the issue seems to have faded. If Romania and Chad ever go to war using 18th Century infantry tactics, though, there's going to be real trouble.Parsons gave Romania a "B" and Chad a "B-." I gave Chad an "A-," and will give Romania a: