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December 23, 2006

"Vaz you ever in Zinzinnati?"

Well, I was during about half my youth--and eventually ran away to join the circus in Washington, DC. And I'm in Cincy now. Rivertowns are alike yet different--and there is not one quite like this one. Hail Queen City and Clean City, a still German, Republican city-state of the first order. And Order is important. Local government has a history of talent, and even then-sane lawyer and Democrat (brave!) Jerry Springer was a damn good and interesting mayor here.

Chili, beer, well-educated, no jaywalking, politeness, consumer society, "fitting-in" is very key in all circles, family values, sports and everyone with a German surname--the very names of still-tiny German villages today in the Rhineland you see on signs driving on the autobahn and up north around Berlin. Rolling, green and pretty, too. Only lightly industrial. Nothing like it...a beautiful, dream-like place. "I beg your pardon?" here is still "please?"

Posted by JD Hull at December 23, 2006 02:57 PM


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