Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Oooops!


Who said only dogs drop things on the ground in Paris, humans do too LOL! I hope this ice cream did not belong to a child whose mother said "It serves you right, I told you to pay attention. No, I'm not going to buy you a new one!" That's all for today. Not a very typical Paris photo - except for the pavement of course, which is part of the jardins du Palais Royal! - but a one that seems to say: "It's the end of the summer!".

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  1. Dropped ice cream always makes me sad. But it's a beautiful composition, the way the white ice cream contrasts with the gray sidewalk...

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  2. Oh this is a sad picture if it's to say that's the end of the summer...
    I find it quite funny, especially with the words of a mummy coming from your mouth!

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  3. Oh my goodness, what an amazing shot! It actually looks so perfect that a small part of me thinks, "Did Eric set that up???"

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  4. My comment needs a "BUT" before 'I find it quite funny' (because of the "sad"). I can't use both in the same sentence, even if French people are complicated enough to do it.
    It looks like it happened to you a lot of times to drop your ice cream Eric, this sentence sounds so real to my ears!

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  5. Hagen daaz, too! Probably a "gelato lover!" Geez! It certainly does put an exclamation cone on the phrase "Summer's almost over!" BTW...that was usually my mom telling me I should have been paying more attention. However, she'd always relent and get me another...usually a Dairy Queen cone or one from A&W!

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  6. It is sort of a sad photo. But a perfect one for the end of summer. The composition and colors are beautiful, Eric! Usually, when my kids drop ice cream, and I have one that seems to do this frequently, it hits something - or somebody - else on the way down...

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  7. ...and just remember, that "Paris" pronounced in reverse sounds SWEET! Try it! ;-)

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  8. Aaaahhhh A&W...remember when they were all drive-ins and the food was served on a tray that attached to your car window? I am a sucker for a root beer float.

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  9. Very sad shot, Eric. Ice cream melting is almost always a sad thing. :( Hope your end of the summer was happier than this!!

    It is funny, here it is the end of summer, yet tomorrow is supposed to be the warmest day of the year so far!! i think it was just waiting until all the vacationers left for it to be nice for all the locals and the kids going back to school tomorrow!

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  10. Syrup, Coltrane? I learnt at least one thing today!

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  11. Guille..."but" it's true, non?

    Kelly...rootbeer floats are GREAT!!!!

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  12. Great shot, Eric - tres artistique! And not even completely melted yet!

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  13. Coltrane, with MY English accent, not at all. LOL But you're right actually, I never thought about that.

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  14. My first reaction was a laugh, too, Eric, because the subject was so surprising, but, then I also thought: "Oh, dear - a full cone, too." And, vanilla Haagen Daz on the rocks is not a recommended flavor. ; }

    Isn't an A&W root beer ice cream float just the end of the world on a hot summer evening? Its been years since I had one - I don't think they have stands in SoCal.

    Congats GF Justine! Good to hear you again Pont Girl - missed you. We've been shouting out to Tall Gary lately, too, but he's nowhere to be found.

    Coltrane - sirap! Ha! I guess that makes her sister city the city of love! (Well, ok, maybe en espanol.)

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  15. I love this photo, it reminds me of childhood and the very fact that my nanny would get me another one no problem. What's the big deal?

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  16. Nothing sadder than spilled ice cream on a warm day. It would have been even worse if it had been chocolate.

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  17. Carrie...you know I like the way you think. Clever!!! "Amor" to "Roma"...nice one. ;-)

    See if you can corral Tall G!

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  18. I have two things to say;
    1. I have had ice cream in Paris. If this cone had chocolate ice cream I would have licked it up right there.
    2. I am sure the Mum said something like, " You can't pick that up, there's dog poop all over the sidewalk!"

    Whatever, it's a classic shot Eric.

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  19. Ahhh! so sad for whoever dropped this & that summer is coming to an end. Though we do have the Autumn to look forward too!
    I imagine a mommy running to get another just to make her child happy.

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  20. I think that this is a perfect representation to the end of summer, depite it not being all too Parisian. I like it a lot.

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  21. Weeaaah-weeaaah-weeaaah!!!

    (Dr. Pepper floats are fantastic.)

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  22. "Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone."

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  23. That is a great shot!! And he (she?) dropped a Haagen Daazs, too, poor thing, what a waste!!

    (Yeah, I had a mother just like that, I can completely identify with that comment, and you can add, too 'c'est le bon Dieu qui t'a puni' (It was a punishment from God) [for whatever reason, not cleaning my room, turning in my homework late, whatever kids do ...]'

    There was a guy who specialized in making ice cream of all kinds of flavors, not in Paris, but in Enghien Les Bains. He had chestnut-spread icecream.. Oooooooooo... Better than ... ahem... a picture of the Eiffel Tower, if you can believe that.

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  24. USElaine - "Weeaaah..." ????

    I don't think I've ever tried a Dr. Pepper float, tho I'm willing to try. : )

    Here's a suggestion I came up with once though. It tastes just like those Creamsicles I used to love when I was a kid. Put one part orange soda and 4 parts cream soda together over lots of ice -- yummm.

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  25. PS - for those of you on the other side of the pond, who I'm guessing probably don't have Creamsicles, they're popsicles made with vanilla ice cream inside and an orange coating over the ice cream.

    There is also extreme - some would say existential - dissapointment at the plop they make when meeting pavement....I know from experience that still haunts me today.

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  26. Tears could have been shed!
    I recall a youngster with a large lollipop who had a fit when his broke on the street.
    End of the world, he thought! :)

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  27. Sad but perfect photo for today, Eric. And now I have such a craving for a root beer float!
    coltrane -- my sister-in-law just introduced me to the silly game of saying everyone's name backwards (you use both names and it's fun to see how fast you can come up with the backwards version). Yes, we're easily amused—as are you, I think (it's a good thing).

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  28. Summer is not over. I rode my bicycle about 25 miles today, with pizza and some wine for a break. It was hot hot hot out there. Tonight, we had grilled chicken. Summer is not over. If you are going back to school, maybe your vacation is over. But for the rest of us, summer is at its hottest. Summer is not over, though a dropped ice cream cone is a sad thing. A bench next to the fountain in the jardins du Palais Royal would have been a better place to eat the ice cream.

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  29. Carrie - (*crying sound*)

    I had a Dr Pepper float before I ever had a root beer float, I think. It was over at a neighbor's house in Downey. It was at yet another neighbor's house that I was served a potato chip sandwich - Wonder bread (highly refinded white sandwich type), some butter or mayonnaise and a layer of thin crispy chips in the middle. Extraordinary texture experience. Put those two together, and you get a lunch I was never served at home! Nope, for us it was tuna salad on brown bread, with a carrot stick chaser. Weeeaaah!

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  30. A much more pleasant photo to look at than your "other" experimental shot of what the dogs leave, but I can still imagine what people passing by must have thought...

    "What won't those tourists photograph?!"

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  31. Summer is over as is my mini vacation. Thanks to Lois for her kind hospitality and to Katie for coming into the city to meet with us. Next time I hope to see both of you in my neck of the woods.

    Special thanks to Eric for creating such a wonderful community. As we say here in the States, I owe you one.

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  32. US Elaine...LOL! I can definitely relate to the carrot stick chaser. Even today I can't go to a salad bar without being smacked back in time to the land of my youth and carrot sticks. Even soda pop was a luxury item in our house (we did have ginger ale--whoopee!) so bicycling to the A&W or the A&P for a cold one was our little revolution of sorts I suppose. Still remember the Coke bottle caps with the cork underneath too. Peel back the cork to see if you won something. Though whizzing those bottlecaps through the air at each other was great fun, we did recycle the glass the bottles for a few nickels so we could go and yep, buy more pop. Hey it was our own little circle of life. Ah, the memories that ice cream and soda convey. And Jeff's right, summer is NOT over!!! ;-) sevil_enartloC (or rather) snikwaH nehpetS for Alexa or axelA. ;-)

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  33. Glad to hear you had a great time Cali. We'll of course get all the details from Lois soon I'm sure! :-)

    I just read that Les Benauts have arrived in Château-Gontier on the continuation of their whirlwind European tour. You can leave them a message here.

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  34. A dropped ice cream surely is a sad sight. Summer went to fast but I am looking forward to autumn. :)

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  35. Awwww! Drat. No 3 second rule on a Parisian sidewalk. Once it's gone, it's gone. Fun image, Eric.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  36. I'm curious to know if other countries have Amorino ice cream stores? The ice cream there is awesome, even in winter Eric!

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  37. No way, Michael. What happens in SF stays in SF, at least I hope so!

    Hi Coltrane, how did your gig go?

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  38. What a whimsical photo to signal the end of summer!

    What would be even sadder than dropping a cone of Häagen-Dazs on the ground in Paris? Dropping a cone of Berthillon!

    What could help me handle dropping a cone of Haagen-Dazs or Berthillon? Being in Paris to drop it!

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  39. I love this, Eric. It could be the beginning of a novel...

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  40. We say in English - 'no use crying over spilt milk' - probably applies here. Great photo, Eric. I think the random shots are superb; it doesn't always have to educate about Paris, just life in general, yours or the inhabitants.

    This would make a very good 'sad/sorry to hear that ...' card in Zazzle.

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  41. We found Amorino on the Ile St-Louis last time I was in Paris because the line at Berthillon was too long. Super yummy. And it might not be the official end of summer, but for those of us who return to school today it might as well be....

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  42. By the way I hope the mother DID buy another one. I would have. :(

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  43. Love also to photograph any kind of motive. this is good !!!

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  44. I agree with you whole heartedly, Lynn. And with 4 children and many summers among them, a dropped ice cream is simply not the end of the world!

    Eric - how melancholy . . a Parisian summer melting slowly away . . .and yet perhaps a treat for someone's best four legged friend!

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  45. Oooh lynn, that would make a good card for Zazzle! Stop, I'm gonna want to spend all my money in the shop and have none to visit Paris with!

    I guess if that happens I can send eric the cutest "I'm sorry I can't visit Paris" card!!!!

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  46. Oooops! Does it for me to. A neat photo. The narrative is just as good.

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  47. cela aurait pu être une très belle photo aussi pour annoncer la fin de l'été (ou des vacances) ;o)

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  48. Double ice cream cones for the kids, but no flowers for the men. Ah, Lynn, it's a cruel world in England, I guess. I found the French royalty to be a bit more generous avec les fleurs!

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  49. The photo makes me happy; reminds me of when I was a kid and the ice cream truck used to drive through the neighborhood, playing its tinny music. All the kids begged their moms for a dime so they could get an ice cream: a dreamsicle or a popsicle or a "drumstick" with nuts and chocolate.

    Yesterday we attended a Labor Day barbecue at the home of friends. When the ice cream truck came down the street, playing its tinny music, all the kids begged their parents for a dollar.

    Coltrane, Paris pronounced backwards sounds like "eerap" to me.

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  50. I like the idea of the Zazzle card. I'll see what I can do!

    Latest is that the "Adventurous Australians" have arrived safe and sound over at Chateau-Gontier Daily Photo!

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  51. Petrea...tomato...tah-mah-toe, potato...pah-tah-toe...let's call the whole thing off! LOL ;-)

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  52. Aw, I hope it wasn't a child who dropped it either!
    Perfect pic for the end of summer, agreed.
    Funny, I did an ice cream photo too today ;)

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  53. And God forbid, they should clean up their mess!

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  54. I found all our different responses to the melting ice cream, including Eric's, to be very telling on all of our personalites. My first impression was of someone with extreme jetlag whose ice cream cone slipped out of their hand. It happens!

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  55. Oh NO!! I couldn't think of anything more sad than an ice cream cone that had fallen to earth..than perhaps..a bottle of wine!?!

    My childhood in New England made me into a HUGE Fan of Ice Cream and I could talk about it for hours. I also worked in a family "Ice Cream Restaurant"[yes, such things exist]when I was in High School so I have had a lot of "hands on"experience.

    The wine fixation I will have to attribute to the French blood[and Loire Valley Wine]that courses through my veins...LOL! Thanks to my mere et pere!

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  56. Well, the photo is not loading for today's post, but I can certainly use my imagination from your written description :) Very fitting for end of summer. LOL!

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  57. And having just said the photo wouldn't load, I refreshed once again, and there it was. Looks like it just happened. Too bad for somebody :)

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  58. Well, now I'm looking at it in an ink blot sort of way - I see a ghost with short ethereal arms extended, and a loose fitting hat on top.

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  59. AAAAH! I love this photo! the angle in particular, with the pavement receding in the background but not one thing to disturb the centrality of the disappointment connoted in the image. is that haagen-daas by the way? or however you spell it...
    it's melted a lot too, so been there for quite a while... unless the pavement is scorching hot.
    it's just brilliant, eric. po-mo to the max! :)

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  60. Ok, burd zel krai (or anyone else) I have to suddenly reveal my deep lack of coolth by now asking - what the heck is po-mo?? Looked around for the meaning and couldn't find it. Must know!!!

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  61. PS USElaine -- love the ghostie with the pointed hat!

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  62. Carrie - I have no idea of po-mo either. But Pomo is the name of our local indigenous First Nations people. They run the Black Bart Casino here in town. I guess they have total street cred today. (?)

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  63. On the other hand, this picture looks like street crud.

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  64. USElaine -- I did run into your Pomo reference. I figured that didn't have anything to do with the photo, but you never know.

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  65. I think it's melted more since I last looked.

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  66. hello,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/benanderica/2706239417/in/set-72157605963905979/

    was immediately reminded of a shot i took earlier this summer, when i saw yours. i like both of them very much

    cheers,

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