Demutualization

In addition to escaping from the daily pressures of work, vacations often provide new perspectives. This event is even more likely if one spends time in another culture where contrasts are part of everyday life. I just returned from 12 days in England. One example of this cultural divide is that the English think 100 miles is a great distance whereas Americans believe 100 years is a long time. Even though both countries use the same language, we often have different meanings for our words. While driving across the south of England I saw frequent signs for "boot sales". I thought it unusual that there would be that many people seeking shoes at a market, but assumed it was the British taste for tailor-made products. Then I learned that boot sales are the equivalent of our "flea" markets where persons come with their car trunks (boots) loaded with second hand goods to sell in a temporary market in an open space. The Financial World of Conversions

 
 
 

 

 

Aug. 1, 1998


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