Saturday, April 26, 2008
FROM RUBBLE TO SCRABBLE ...!
I spent my last morning in Athens today "sightseeing on steroids." In other words, I grabbed a taxi and asked the driver to take me to some of my favorite spots in the city including: Hadrian's Arch (a monumental gateway built to commemorate the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who was a benefactor of Athens); the Temple of Olympian Zeus (a colossal ruin); the Panathenaic Stadium (built for the first modern Olympics in 1896 on the site of an ancient stadium); and the Changing of the Guards at Syntagma Square (a spectacle so bizarre it makes me wonder whether the guards are related to "Cuckoo the Clown"). As I traveled from site-to-site, it became clear that my Taxi Driver had a one-word vocabulary. Everything was "archeological." Perhaps he could learn some new words from Kathy and Genevieve. Moments after I returned to Santa Monica tonight, they sent me a message from 7th and Montana where they were engrossed in a highly competitive Scrabble Game (pictured above). While Kathy "slaughtered" Genevieve 340 to 300, rumor has it that Genevieve is staging a comeback ...!