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Fuck the Dali Lama if he can't take a joke. I didn't think the joke was really funny but the fact that he sprung it on the Dali was hilarious. Why is the Dali any less ridiculous than the Pope or a Rabbi or an Imam? And no, I don't have a punchline for that question but I do have the answer. He isn't.

The Whole Foods video represents such a horrific lifestyle, as far as I'm concerned. Suburbia and spending your life in a parking lot hardly seems like much of a life.

The reason it is hard to quit bad things is because they are FUN!

It wasn't that he couldn't take a joke, he just didn't GET the joke. I'm often befuddled by why others are laughing at some joke, so I am quite familiar with this state of affairs. I'm nearly always the one who, several minutes after the conversation has moved on, suddenly gets that 'aha' moment and bursts out "Oh! I get it!" Everyone else laughs again.

I b'lieve it's called 'becoming the joke'.

Suburbia is not my cup of tea either, but calling it 'Horrific' does seem a bit of a stretch.

As one who has struggled with nicotine addiction for way too many decades, I'd hardly call it fun.

I have to agree on the joke, Betty Jo. From the questions to the translator, apparently the Dali Lama has never been in a pizza joint - maybe never even eaten pizza. So it's hard to get the double entendre. And since he was able to laugh at his inability to get the joke, I think he can probably take a joke. So you find him ridiculous a s a spiritual leader, leftbanker - meh; it's immaterial in this context, imho.

Back to Betty Jo, I don't know what to tell you about tobacco addiction. Both my parents used to smoke, and both eventually quit - for different reasons. That's not to say it's easy (well, as the saying goes "quitting's easy; I've done it a thousand times!"), but there are a lot of factors - motivation, the base addiction (1st 3 days are the worst, followed by the ensuing year, then 1 more year, and then, THEN you're pretty close to being home free), if others around you smoke. Then, if you do quit, will something like the occasional celebratory cigar/what have you make you fall off the wagon.

I live near the areas the guy's talking about (though my city/neighborhood is a crappy one), and the middle-class neighborhoods in L.A. are pretty nice to live in. The beach is right there, weather is great... I wouldn't spend my money on Whole Foods, but I wouldn't complain if I could have that kind of lifestyle in general.

I'll stick with "horrific" to describe suburbia. I'm a city person and I hate cars. I could never live in LA. Maybe Manhattan Beach but if I had to drive at all I would go crazy in a day. Within 100 meters of my front door I have five bars, a supermarket, a vegetable market, a pet store, two hairdressers (I have gorgeous hair by the way), and three restaurants. My block is like a self-contained island.

"As one who has struggled with nicotine addiction for way too many decades, I'd hardly call it fun."

I'd say either quit or stop struggling and enjoy it. I smoke the occasional cigar and love every second of it with no apologies.

I would find living in a city pretty hard to take. Within 2 miles of my front door there is nothing but trees, pastures, and wildlife. To be sure, during hunting season we have a quite a bit of traffic driving by way up on the road - like maybe 5 pickup trucks in a single day. We do hear a bit of noise in the evening - the bullfrogs sing from one pond to the other.

I wouldn't necessarily say suburbia is "horrific," but I get the gist. For me, the burbs (I prefer the french derisive term "banlieues") allow a person to live in an area with none of the benefits of country or city life. You live without a lot of living space/nature, and you have to drive to get just about everywhere. I also don't see that many children playing outside in the suburbs, but I do see them outside in my cozy city neighborhood, where I can walk or ride my bike to most of my activities.

As for the video, I loved it. No Whole Foods in Des Moines, but we do have a chichi market not too far from my door, a Trader Joe's that's a drive (or bus ride) to the burbs (at least it's economical), and a farmers market that's been voted best in the mid-west. I do like the offerings at Whole foods stores, but the price tag is up there! There are other ways to get those items if you look. The song itself reminded me of an old rap the sound engineer for my brother's band did. The lyrics basically made fun of whites that were trying to hard to be be hip, starting with

I'm white; I'm rapping; can't you feel the beat?; If you don't think that I can groove; then you don't know me...

Btw, now I'm curious about your hair, leftbanker.

Suburbia is horrible and also unsustainable. Read Howard Kunstler's The Geography of Nowhere to begin to understand where we went wrong in making cities. Not everyone can live the bucolic country life and the most efficient way for us to live is in multi-unit dwellings in dense urban areas. Far from being unfriendly and frigid, I have always found city life to be warm and friendly. Suburbia is probably more dangerous than any of the cities where I have lived just because you spend so much time driving.

I'm surprised people have seemed to be so offended by my joking that the Dali can't take a joke. As I said, he's just as ridiculous as most religious leaders.

I think the joke is funny little gag, but not something that makes it though translation in the slightest aparently.

The Dali seemed unclear on what the fuck a pizza was. Isn't there some all powerful being that can enlighten him on the power of the slice.

I did laugh at the clip because it was histerical to tell that joke to the actual Dalai Lama

I have shoped at a whole foods. I live in Minneapolis and its just over the line outside the city. We have found for many things that it is actually less expensive than the place near our house, but still go to the closer place.

But its parking lot does have it going on. There is a Jamba, Chipotle, liqour store and Noodles joint all in the same lot. Place to be.

Really I don't shop there because its the kind of grocery store that has enough rules that odds are there will always be one item that it does not have, which will require you to go to a second store. Trader Joes has the same issue.

My personal rule has become, I only shop at one grocery store, and it needs to have good produce.


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