Note from Dan: Mark is off today, but will return with his regularly scheduled post on Wednesday. With his permission, I’m posting a recent email he sent from Prague, following a night on the town that included many rounds of absinthe in a small dive bar. Mark tells me the formerly banned hallucinogenic liquor isn’t nearly as potent as it used to be. One way it’s now sold in Prague is mixed into soft-serve ice cream. A cone costs 35 Czech koruna, which is about $1.50.
Last night I went out until the wee hours in Old Town Prague with DR and VH (I am protecting privacy here), two people from a leading Czech telecom company. Both are really sharp. DR is a viral marketing expert, who happens to be a very attractive lady. With me was also a colleague from France, who is now based in Spain. We ended up in a dive absinthe bar.
VH started talking about a recent local trial of an American college kid charged with vandalism. Apparently he busted off a piece of an historic 700-year-old town clock, breaking it in the process. The punch line of this funny story making the rounds in Prague is the American’s explanation to the judge. He argued that there was no sign near the clock prohibiting breaking off pieces.
As the conversation evolved into the charming peculiarities of Americans, I pulled up last week’s Fort Ross essay on my iPhone; not for them to read it, but to show them some of the comments about Europe made by the good folks of Roanoke, Va.
As the comments were read aloud, we passed the phone around the table in the same way a group just outside the bar’s open door was passing around a joint. Pretty soon everyone was pulling up the Fort Ross link on their phones. The laughter got so loud the waitresses came over and got involved.
Suzie’s comments were the grand winner. Her references to European hellholes, and claims of America’s superiority in every aspect blew away the laugh-o-meter. Of course Suzie’s comments weren’t the only ones that were appreciated. She had tough competition.
Everyone started Googling to find out more about Roanoke. Congratulations to Suzie & company for creating interest in Europe about Roanoke and the people who live there.
No promises, but if DR gets motivated, she certainly knows how to make the link to these comments go viral. Who knows – Suzie & company, and you and Roanoke by association, could soon be stars in Europe.