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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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December 19, 2008


I love walking, Claire. No cookies? That's sad. Maybe after last year, people need a rest.
Still, you were probably looking forward to all those delicious packages.
Me? I'm lucky if I get a few cards out. The thought of buying presents makes me panic.

OMG, I stayed in Tyson's corner for a few days (for a friend's wedding) about four years ago and it was truly the most unappealing area in which I've ever set foot (or car, as the case may be :) ). I remember almost crying trying to get to the hotel because we kept driving right past it but couldn't figure out how to navigate the enormous roads jutting out all around it to turn inside. We had to drive EVERYWHERE because the roads were so crazy and it was just huge building after huge building after huge building. Yuck.
My second year in C'bus, I used to drive from my apt. building to the Borders next door because the road (Kenny) was so unsafe to walk on. But I always felt like it wouldn't be THAT HARD to make some changes to C'bus that would make it more walkable. I'm not an expert, obviously, but it seems like some well-placed sidewalks would be a good start. :) I also lived in Clintonville and found it totally walkable. I never had a car when I lived there and was able to fulfill all my needs (groceries, gym, a park, library, coffeeshop, etc.) by walking. I loved living there, partly because it was so walkable. :)
Ok, my comment is starting to sprawwwwwl.

I'd have sent you cookies, but life got in the way. Maybe you can be Cookie Queen next year again.

If you haven't seen Complete Street's stuff, they do some interesting work on the sorts of issues Tyson Corner's struggling with.

Speaking from experience, one of the most difficult issues involves the politics of sidewalks. People like them or hate them, but the people who hate them, really, really hate them. Crazy hate them.

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