The little hoodlum loved his Hot Wheels cars. He ran them everywhere: down the serving line into trays of people’s food. Across the tables where the bank employees and secretarial pools would be trying to grab a bite to eat before heading back to the grind. Across the floor and people would try to dodge him while he scampered around, making vroom-vroom! noises. Many were the times that the clientele would lose their balance and dump their meal all over someone else or onto the floor.
The fact that the text is partly in German excludes almost totally that the text was written in France or by French people. French was fashionable in intellectual circles throughout Europe, whereas the use of German was almost totally restricted to the German-speaking part of Europe (today’s Germany, parts of the Austrian empire and Switzerland).
It would take very long to prepare the wood, it’s also very labour-intensive, the resulting structure will (as the original) be heavy and a fire hazard. Other cathedrals have received lightweight steel roof structures without anyone complaining so this is probably the way to go, especially if it should be completed within the announced five years.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame — at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone — the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
In 1905, the French parliament passed a law decreeing that all the properties of the Catholic Church in France were confiscated. Churches and cathedrals became the property of the State. Since then, successive governments have spent little money to maintain them. Those churches that have not been vandalized are in poor condition, and most cathedrals are in poor condition, too. Even before the devastating fire, the Archdiocese of Paris stated that “it can’t afford all the repairs” that Notre Dame needed, “estimated at $185 million.”
One day, he ran his Hot Wheels into a very well-dressed lady’s Caesar salad and scattered romaine lettuce everywhere. The well-dressed lady gave me a disgusted look and marched out the door, never to return. I decided that enough was enough. I grabbed his Hot Wheels and told him to go in the back and stay out of the dining room. He responded by kicking me in the shins. I ignored it, so he kicked me again, harder. I ignored that too, so he tried to punch me right where it hurts the most. I saw it coming and dodged, bent down, and got in his face: