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IFO started the Reise u. Speise category a couple of years ago to catch her thoughts on travel and food while she traveled and ate. Most of her posts were from her European adventures, but the U.S. has room for this, too.
Travel and food adventures are great for investors, esp those who might be interested in restaurant stocks, or fast food establishment stocks, general food stocks, airline and train stocks. These are ground-floor investment DD, due diligence.
It is inside information of the highest order! How else can you party and learn at the same time? Here are some things IFO has been doing during her DD.
* Attending the Met opera in HD in Newport, Oregon at the Performing Arts Center. She normally stays at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, but occasionally switches to the Shilo Inn, which has a heated, indoor pool.
* Attending Portland Opera and Utah Opera (soon!). Both mainly fun, but also good networking venues.
* Checking out the home front – Newberg, Oregon. You have no idea how surprised all of her Portland friends are to find out about the fabulous restaurants here in this once sleepy, dry, Quaker college town. It has been overcome by artsies and wine aficionadoes. Posted on these a few weeks ago.
You wouldn’t believe how much community theater activity there is here? There’s even a play scheduled to be performed at a local church! We’ve been to several, and while the acting isn’t always Hollywood-ready, the small venues and enthusiastic actors make each performance a delight.
The Quaker influence is strong, too, or Friends as we know them, so most of the people we encounter are quiet, polite, friendly, educated and happy. Where ever we go, we find that all religion-moderated communities are like this. The great fear the anti-religious people purport to have of the churched population, is based on nothing – no personal experience, no studies showing bad behavior, and so on.
Now, some Muslims may be an exception, but we just got an email from our traveling rabbi noting how nice Istanbul is, in spite of recent turns of Turkey away from secularism and toward religious observance.
This is a tricky business. We think the key may lie within national and international POLITICAL maneuvers, not RELIGIOUS activities. In general, it does seem that religious communities are nicer than atheist or secular ones.
What do you think? (Emphasis on “think.”) Cite examples. Leave Salem witch trials out of your argument, unless you are citing them as Politics-driven events, which it is now believed they were.