Wednesday, April 15, 2009

an oblivion of care and a freedom from solicitude

As soon as I enter the door of a tavern I experience an oblivion of care and a freedom from solicitude: when I am seated, I find the master courteous, and the servants obsequious to my call; anxious to know and ready to supply my wants: wine there exhilarates my spirits, and prompts me to free conversation and an interchange of discourse with those whom I most love: I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight.

~ Samuel Johnson

[Damen Avenue below Division Street]

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