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November 23, 2007 |
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In today's NY Times there is an article on how Norway is closing down the consulate general office in Minneapolis (but keeping open the offices in Houston, NY, and San Francisco).
I am sure the Norwegian bachelor farmers are going to be PRETTY UPSET over this turn of events.
What the Wobegonians conclude after travelling to Norway, Cheryl
, is that Norwegians aren't as Norwegian as they used to be, and that the true keepers of the culture mostly live in the Midwest and a few near Seattle and a few in Brooklyn. We go over to Norway and speak Norwegian and they just stand and stare at us. They can't even understand their own language. And it's easier to find linguini in Oslo than to find boiled cod. So the removal of the consul from Minneapolis is fine by us. If His Majesty's fancy-pants foreign service prefers to hang out in San Francisco, New York, and Texas, so be it. The job of consul general was mostly ceremonial anyway e.g., the bestowing of medals and awards which, in our case, we don't want anyway. Let them leave town and see if we care. One summer in Houston and they will be begging to return, which is fine, but we will not get down on our knees and beg them to come back. Oh no. It will be a sober day in Oslo before that happens.