Friday, July 06, 2007


Today's your last day to vote against Chichen Itza as one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It seems pretty likely to make the cut, which is a shame. We've never seen it, of course, but that's sort of the problem. A few summers ago we spent more than three weeks in the Yucatan, driving back and forth, passing Chichen Itza about five times. Each time we'd slow down, look at the line of tour buses waiting to get into the parking lot - which was already full to capacity with tour buses - shake our heads and move on. Imagine what it'll be like when it becomes a Wonder of the World. You should vote against Angkor Wat for the same reason.

Besides, maybe my definition of "modern" is different, but Chichen Itza's like over 1,000 years old. If that's modern, what's ancient? Maybe 1,000 is the new 100. Anyway, here, just off the top of my head, are a few possible write-ins:

    Hindeburg explodes
    Evel Knievel jumps the Snake River Canyon
    Nuclear weapons
    1982 Boston Marathon
    That long final shot in The Third Man
    White Room

Update: Well, you blew it. We've only seen two of the seven, and weren't overwhelmed by either. And happy as we are to see Angkor excluded, can someone tell us how a 100-foot tall concrete Jesus built in 1931 is more "wonderous" than Angkor friggin' Wat?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My apologies to Christine, but it has to be said: Shouldn't her reproductive system be on the list? (Luv ya Christine, and you know how I envy your fertility!)