I like the current advertising slogan for Key West: "Close to perfect. Far from normal." But hearing it last night while watching TV, I thought that it would sound better if the two sentences were reversed. A sentence is a performance, and in a performance you want to end on a high note. And "perfect" is a much stronger word than "normal."
Back from five days in Virginia, where we visited Staunton, the town where Woodrow Wilson was born; Monticello, where I was struck by the modest scale; the campus of the University of Virginia, where we saw the dorm room of Edgar Allan Poe; and Veritas Vineyard, where my niece was married on a gorgeous afternoon.
While in Charlottesvile, we strolled the mall, which reminded me of Lincoln Road in Miami Beach except that the sunglass shops were replaced by used bookstores and the models by people with degrees.
An answer last week on Celebrity Jeopardy was: "A statue of William Tell stands in this Swiss city."
The first celebrity said, "Vienna." The second one said "Stockholm." The third one kept silent. Which led me to wonder: Had she said "Geneva" would they have given her the money for at least getting the country right?