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That painting rocks! LMAO! In a deeply fucked up way of course...

Posted by DanFan | February 26, 2008 8:52 AM

sometimes a baguette is just a baguette.

at least you found a place to eat in ohio that wasn't fucking bob evans or the fucking cracker barrel. be grateful.

Posted by max solomon | February 26, 2008 8:53 AM

Dude, I'm a regular slog-reader and Ohio State student. How come I didn't know Dan Savage was coming to my school? Anybody know where I can find out where/what/when he's doing here?

Posted by Michel | February 26, 2008 8:55 AM

Quelque fois, un baguette c'est seulemente un baguette.

Posted by sansPC | February 26, 2008 8:56 AM

It's just your filthy mind.

Posted by Megan | February 26, 2008 8:56 AM

Normally, Dan, I would say it's just your filthy mind. Not in this case, though. Definitely not in this case.

Posted by steve | February 26, 2008 8:57 AM

I think it's romantic.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 26, 2008 8:58 AM

No 3: I think he travels just to keep out of the house.

Posted by NapoelonXIV | February 26, 2008 8:58 AM

And as for the sexy baguette above, yah, I'm not sure there's anything else you could think of when looking at that.

BTW, I hate Dublin Ohio. There is a field of statues of corn there.

Posted by Michelle in OH | February 26, 2008 8:59 AM

@ Mr. Poe: ROFLMAO!! Why, oh why, does this post have me in stitches this morning...

Posted by DanFan | February 26, 2008 9:01 AM

Could we get a 3-D version of this for the Olympic Sculpture Park?

Posted by Joe M | February 26, 2008 9:01 AM


I have family in Ohio and I was always blown away but the crazy amount of cracker barrels there. it was horrible especially considering the majority of their clientèle were crackers.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | February 26, 2008 9:04 AM


yes on both counts.

Posted by Y.F. | February 26, 2008 9:10 AM

@12 - I remember one particularly long road trip a few years ago, where we were in the middle of nowhere in southern Ohio. Dinner time after driving all day... small town... Cracker Barrel was the only option we could see. But it was Friday night and the wait was 60 minutes. The only fucking thing to do in this town on a Friday night was eat at the Cracker Barrel, apparently.

Posted by Julie | February 26, 2008 9:16 AM

Knowing the cotext would help. Like the context of the photo of the kid with a wine bottle.

Posted by contextboi | February 26, 2008 9:24 AM

I'm afraid it is might just be your filthy mind.

Posted by YO | February 26, 2008 9:27 AM

There are PLENTY of good places to eat in Columbus, you just have to get out of the suburbs. But, while you're there, yes, go see the crazy field of corn:

Posted by from Ohio | February 26, 2008 9:39 AM

I would kill for some Hound Dog pizza now.

Seattle pizza is teh sux.

Posted by stinkbug | February 26, 2008 10:01 AM

And what about Bob Evans? Grease enough to lube your hummer. The painting looks like a "Says Anne" - sorta.

Posted by I EAT YOUR BAGUETTE | February 26, 2008 10:03 AM

Lived in Geneva for a couple of years, and would drive to France for the worlds best croissants every other day. THE best in the world at a small bakery, a line sold out each batch thru the baking day.

AND, Dannie Boy, they were bigger and flakier and better than any American imitation.

Small croissants, are you kidding?

Of course, the French bakers in France could not be the experts on croissants, could they?

Posted by Leyland | February 26, 2008 10:06 AM

The painting is a good deal more refined than this:

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | February 26, 2008 10:08 AM

Well, @20, considering the French appropriated croissants from either the Austrians or the Hungarians (depending on which version of the story you believe), why should they know more about them than anyone else?

Posted by COMTE | February 26, 2008 10:13 AM

A line out the door every day? Selling out continuously? Sounds like a tourist place. I think Dan's talking about the average, corner-shop bakery in France--you know, the staple of the average French diet--where the croissants actually are much smaller than the croissants sold in America.

Of course, most American croissants are weird fluffy monstrosities, with a texture like a cross between bread and biscuits. French croissants are, by definition, half butter, and flake into a million paper-thin layers. So I'm not really sure which is healthier, just which is tastier.

Posted by lymerae | February 26, 2008 10:18 AM

"Tourist place". Please.

Some people are dumb.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 26, 2008 10:25 AM

He is simply flossing his teeth with that young boy's extra long penis.

Posted by Soo | February 26, 2008 11:35 AM


You are trapped in a small town somewhere I guess.

No, the bakery was in a French village 15 minutes from Geneva, family owned, where the locals lined up to buy out the product.

We lived in Geneva for almost 4 years. Hardly tourists. By the way, there are small bakeries in Seattle that sell all their product by the end of the day. Nothing amazing if you have the really good stuff and the word gets out.

By he way, the French food fetish is freshness. Any thing they eat is high quality and FRESH is valued above all else. They will buy bread, meats, produce every day because of this criteria for quality=fresh.

It is a very real and very universal cooking concept, among the French ...

Posted by Leyland | February 26, 2008 11:50 AM

that picture makes me feel funny down there...

Posted by michael strangeways | February 26, 2008 12:07 PM

I just recalled the great scene (or scenes?) in The Man on the Train that involves waiting in line for bread at an average, corner-shop bakery in France.

Great film.

Posted by stinkbug | February 26, 2008 12:43 PM


Dan- you never cease to brighten my day. :o)

Posted by Wes | February 26, 2008 1:43 PM

Folks in upstate NY might know of DiBella's subs... the artwork in those stores is also disturbingly phallic. A guy holding a huge pickle waist-high over a barrell, a boy offering a girl his "sandwich" while a creepy old guy leers at them through a window... Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Posted by Mary | February 26, 2008 2:04 PM

Mary, I haven't heard of that place, but I did find pickle image that apparently they have their walls.

Posted by stinkbug | February 26, 2008 2:21 PM

yo dan? what are you doing in columbus? are you speaking? (i'm in columbus, so i am a bit curious!)

Posted by clausti | February 26, 2008 2:57 PM

French food is so...French. Nasty. Snails.

Their best contribution to world society is cheese. Sweet, sweet cheese.

Posted by Wolf | February 26, 2008 4:24 PM

Why would YOU of all people find subversively homosexual artwork to be "fucked up"? I think it's awesome and hilarious.

More to the point, art has a long history of dirty sex jokes disguised as innocent subjects.

Posted by Emily | February 26, 2008 4:42 PM

Aw Dan, if I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake!

How in the world did you end up having to commute from that snooty, sterile suburb when you were going to be working at Ohio State? Hope it was because you could stay with friends (and my apologies to them if that's the case.) Otherwise, there are so many nice B&Bs in Victorian Village and the Short North within walking distance of OSU that we locals can recommend for the next time you're here.

In fact, I'll bet that all of the non-Seattle sloggers could give you the best travel tips if you posted an itinerary now and then. Or would that just provoke the stalkers?

Posted by amazonmidwife | February 26, 2008 6:19 PM

for all those wondering, dan is in town producing a field piece for "real time with bill maher." it'll air this friday.

Posted by jason | February 26, 2008 7:27 PM

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