Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Legend That Will Last a Lunchtime

So earlier today a certain Shady Dame and I went for lunch at a delightful little tea shop down the street from our hotel in Paris Dayton, Ohio.

The proprietor/chef remembered us from our last visit -- 2008, if you can believe it; we had a long discussion of the lunacies of the American healthcare system -- and he immediately asked us if we were stranded due to the recent atmospheric unpleasantness on the East Coast. We allowed as how we were.

"Well," he said, "there are worse towns to be stranded in than Paris Dayton, Ohio."

We agreed, of course. I mean -- what's lovelier than Paris Dayton, Ohio in the Fall?

And in that spirit, please enjoy perhaps the ultimate tribute to that fair city -- Screamin' Jay Hawkins and his sui generis rendition of the classic "I Love Paris Dayton."

Incidentally, the 1958 album that's from -- At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- is one of the first (from the concept on down) rock album masterpieces, and behooves behearing. "I saw a Mau-Mau kissing Santa Claus" indeed

And if I may be serious for just a moment, I should also add that said charming tea shop -- Flirt Thé -- is located at 3 Avenue Duquesne, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in the beautiful 7th arrondissement. I had one of the most amazing roast chickens of my adult life there, along with a piece of chocolate cake that was world class as well. If you happen to be in Paris any time soon, be sure to stop by and say "Bonjour!"


Samael said...

Can you imagine actually being at home with Screamin' Jay? I mean, would he be the worst, or best, roommate ever? He probably wouldn't leave dirty dishes in the sink--because he'd probably fry eggs directly in the sink with a blowtorch.

LP Steve said...

In July, I stayed at the Hotel de L'Empereur on Rue Chevert, just a hop and a skip from the Flirt The. Wish I'd known-- I'll make a note for when I take my wife to Dayton, Ohio for our 30th!

MJConroy said...

Screamin' Jay passed away in Paris.