vendredi 5 décembre 2008

Sign o' the times

I know times are hard, but has it really come to this?

The American Embassy are having a garage sale in the building next to ours. It turns out that they own the building, which would explain the omnipresent security guards, who are only ever so slightly threatening (and fairly hot in their tight little uniforms).

Anyway, all day I've been watching a steady flow of people arriving, and fancy office furniture, lamps and chandeliers leaving. People have been leaving with big smiles on their faces and mahogany desks on their trolleys.

The quality of the goods is unmistakable - this is good shit, man. A bit ugly, a bit old-fashioned, a bit 'American Embassy' but hey, the good folk of Nanterre seem pretty pleased.

Now I'm guessing that the majority of the furniture has sat in meeting rooms and administrative offices, and that it has had a pretty dull life. But I can equally imagine the things that some of those other pieces have seen. The dignitaries and diplomats who have sat in those chairs, the conversations that have taken place beneath those chandeliers.

Let's hope that they've raised enough money from the sale to contribute to the failing US economy.

If they have any left, perhaps they could keep little Gordon Brown in mind...

9 commentaires:

Anthony a dit…

My oh my ... that is SO ghetto .....

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Latanya, God bless America, eh?

A Lewis a dit…

What in the world are they sellin?? Used passports? Leftover visas?

amy a dit…

Damn, why oh why did I do my passport through the mail?! Though hauling a lowboy back on the train might've been difficult...

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Lewis, them folks over at the embassy be selling their drawers. And their desks, dishwashers, chandeliers, desk lamps, side tables, sofa's, computers, photocopiers, ugly things, real ugly thing and fecking dreadfully ugly things.

It's quite hilarious.

Amy, it's really odd - a big incognito warehouse.

I only know it's an embassy building because I sometimes sign for their post - just to be mechant, you appreciate> ha ha.

Daryl a dit…

Gordon might think to do his own garage sale ... I cant imagine he and Tony share the same taste

:-Daryl

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Daryl, it seems they share the same taste in men, what with Peter 'Mandy' Mandelson back on the scene.

But I think the furniture they clear out from number 10 would be even worse than the Embassy stuff - which is pretty nasty....

Daisy a dit…

Oh man! I really want to get me some American stuff so that my plan to make our flat look like the set of the West Wing can finally come to fruition.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

oh Daisy. I love the west wing. I'm a little obsessed by it really. I want to be CJ, but I'll settle for being Donna Moss, because of the whole Josh thing. *swoon*