Brace yourself, I'm about to have "a moment."
I don't know, maybe it's me, but before I reconcile myself to that dreary possibility, let me pose these questions: Have I lost my legendary sense of humor? Have I misplaced my cool factor? Have I fallen off the cutting edge? Is this offensive? For whom is this ad conceived? And why?
Translation: "Don't age too fast." (I ask you, who in the world wants to "age too fast?")
Huge posters of this prefabricated woman -- 18-year-old body, 80+year-old face -- are all over Paris. Does this make customers of any age wish to rush into the Virgin mega-store to buy the latest DVDs, CDs, etc.?
Let's put it this way, I'm taking my business to the FNAC which sells exactly the same products.
Did You Know This?
The other day, while in Printemps I decided to replace my Shu Uemura eyelash curler -- as I've mentioned on many occasions, the best of its kind in the whole, wide world. My opinion, but I'm not alone.
The saleswomen, convinced as always that I am an American tourist because of my accent, asked me how many I wanted. I said one would be perfect.
"We always ask," one of them said, "because they are no longer sold in the United States and we thought maybe you would like to stock-up." (That's a loose translation, but accurate.)
"Are you sure?" I challenged. "Absolument," they chimed.
I have no way of proving this, but I find this bizarre.
Ed. Note: Just back from the airport. The time passes so fast. Feeling a little blue.