Back in July of 2006, I escaped the craziness of the hustle, bustle, and heat of Atlanta, Georgia, to head for the Arctic Circle, to walk on a glacier in TrÃ¸mso, Norway. During my first meal that far north on our planet, I heard Ray Charles singing, “Georgia On My Mind.” I was horrified. I had travelled thousands of miles to get Georgia off of my mind.
In March, 2008, I traveled to Ykaterinberg—the third largest city in Russia. At 4:00AM, when the bar across the street was closing its doors, with those doors wide open to push the patrons out on to the street, I heard Cher bellowing, “Do You Believe in Life After Love?” blaring night after night. I guess it was their theme song at closing time.
And here in April, 2010, in the park in central Hanoi, Vietnam, directly across from Lake Hoan Kiem, thousands of Vietnamese are beginning their day with their routine Tai Chi exercises with the speakers blaring “It Was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”
Is nothing sacred?!
As this phenomenon seems to only happen once on even numbered years, perhaps I’m safe for another two years!
Click here for a list of all of the posts from my trip to Vietnam.