We went horseback riding at ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ with ‘Riding in the Clouds‘. It was good. Our 12 person party had two guides, both young ladies, one at the front and one at the back. The young lady at the back, with a pink “local NH College” (whose name I will NOT mention to avoid blushes and just say that it is the one notorious as being a ‘Party College’) T-shirt was very gregarious and kept up a banter for much of the ride — repeatedly encouraging us to ask questions.
There (as I knew (since I knew who established it many years ago)) is a water bottling plant at ‘the Clouds’. There was a French flag flying in front of it — as you can see from the above picture.
She replied that she was not sure of why the flag was there.
So I persisted. Did the flag just appear this Summer. I was told that that was not the case — though both flags had been at half-staff for much of the Summer (as was to be expected).
She then volunteered that she had been working at the stables for 3 years and that the flag had been there ALL that time. She also went onto add that she had been asked the question about the flag BEFORE.
That just had me amazed. Her role, as she had told us, was that of a TOUR GUIDE.
She had been asked about the flag previously and she had NOT bothered to find out — in 3 years.
Amazing, but I find this more and more among today’s EDUCATED youth.
I spoke with the young lady afterwards. She had just graduated with a joint-degree in criminal justice and psychology. I told her about my daughter Danielle and her Master’s in forensic psychology. She was interested. That was an option she was thinking about. We talked about Colleges. I told her that she should find out about the flag. She joked that I should, on my way back, stop at the plant and ask.
I did better than that. I Googled. Plant, as of about 5 years ago, is owned by the French-Japanese “Crystal Geyser Roxane” Corporation. That was the French connection. However, to be 100% sure, I called. They confirmed that the flag reflected the ownership. Took me all of about 7 minutes.