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Izzy Paris

by Izzy Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:17:18 PM EST

I am writing this because I am so excited and happy to be in Paris that I just had to share it with you, my friends, collegues, and allies.  And also because I am staying at the à Paris household and Jerome will not let me into my room to sleep until I have posted a diary.  

I will also acknowledge that my somewhat formal writing tone is not only to be attributed to my being under duress... er, I mean overhwhelmed with enthusiasm, but also to the fact that I am having the pleasure of learning the French keyboard and I cannot locate the apostraphe.  I am also avoiding the letters M and W, not entirely successfully.

But let us proceed.


For much of the duration of my 11 hour flight, I was convinced by the computer graphic displayed in front of me that I had somehow gotten on a flight to Algiers, but finally the graphic-design gods took mercy on me and alleviated my fears - I truly was arriving in Paris.

Upon landing, I was shocked that I had never been informed that Paris is evidently a sleepy farming community.

I wandered through the airport, collecting my baggage and getting in a taxi, all without having my passport stamped.  I assure you that I am here and that it turns out that Paris is an actual city, bso I wandered out to take this photo just in case I needed evidence at some point in the future.

So here I am.  In Paris.  Blogging not sleeping.  Now I shall retire and, with any luck, not lie awake worrying that my blank passport will land me in for questioning on the way back.  Instead, I hope for sweet dreams of shoe shopping tomorrow.  I will keep you posted.

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Sorry for posting links instead of the images, but there seems to be an html issue which ``ì,m too lazy to resolve.  Bon ...nuit?  

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:19:21 PM EST
oh, and I forgot to add that besides one small incidence of projectile vomiting, the entire à Paris household could not be more lovely.  The Puke à Paris diary will have to wait for another day.  Or perhaps for the release of the tell-all book...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:26:11 PM EST
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No clue as to wether it was our leader?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:33:19 PM EST
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with the right keyboard.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:20:58 AM EST
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Why Jérôme, it sounds like you are a real slavedriver! :-D
by Fran on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:26:17 AM EST
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(psst - and not a word of thanks, you will notice...)

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:29:29 AM EST
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OMG, Izzy - what did he do to you now????????????? You are already up!!!!!
by Fran on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:31:26 AM EST
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nine hours time difference - either Izzy went to sleep early or Jerome is a sadist.
by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:36:06 AM EST
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normally excellent guesses, but neither one.  although i have my suspicions, it remains to be seen if jerome is a sadist.  it was the tyrrany of technology - my son called on the cell phone; thoughtless child that he is.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:43:50 AM EST
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Why thank you!  that was most accomodating.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:28:36 AM EST
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You know I love you.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:00:10 AM EST
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Oh sure.  If you really loved me you'd be here...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:42:17 PM EST
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Ohhhh.... I was too late for buying a ticket for this weekend when I knew.... given my budget restrictions lately....

Otherwise .. I would be there...

Hugggggg!!!!!

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 02:53:48 PM EST
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You should have waved when you flew overhead, we would have waved back.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:22:37 PM EST
I did!  hmph.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:23:38 PM EST
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damn, you must have been hidden by all the cloud.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 17th, 2008 at 07:32:35 PM EST
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That's not Paris, it's the statue of Liberty in that photo there...
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 02:41:36 AM EST
hmmm - maybe, but I am thinking everyone here is too friendly to be New Yorkers...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 02:46:48 AM EST
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Hey! We're very friendly people.
by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:55:07 AM EST
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It's actually really close to where we are to have lunch on Saturday...and in fact walking distance from where I am now, in my office, also in the 15th...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 06:33:48 AM EST
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Shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes ....

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 06:44:38 AM EST
Have you no sole?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:01:42 AM EST
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No he's a heel.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:02:43 AM EST
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That was uppermost in my mind

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:06:54 AM EST
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that's an arch comment

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:20:46 AM EST
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I'd say that's the laced of his worries.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:39:30 AM EST
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and he was doing so wel(t)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:55:31 AM EST
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Yeah, it's toe bad, isn't it?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:57:23 AM EST
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desperately tries to think of something featuring Metatarsal without it sounding insulting

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:02:41 PM EST
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try coming at it from a different ankle

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:19:48 PM EST
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I don't know it's caught me on the hop.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:41:52 PM EST
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Better skip it then...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:57:11 PM EST
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the game is afoot.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:59:21 PM EST
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You got the jump on me there...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 02:30:09 PM EST
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i'm only a step ahead

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 03:01:42 PM EST
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This might be my favorite thread EVAH at Eurotrib. :)
by Maryb2004 on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:39:10 PM EST
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Well, this is a tragedy. I am not only going to miss meeting the star of some blockquoted movie, but also a furore of footwear.

Byzantine travel arrangements, burning tunnels and clients running amok in my office shouting "Yesterday! Yesterday!" have conspired to prevent my participation.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:06:30 AM EST
I'm so sorry you couldn't make it, Sven.  I'll photograph the shoe shopping, I swear.  I looked at some today, but my camera had run out of memory in the Louvre.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:41:40 PM EST
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I'm so envious of you being in Paris, let alone chez Paris.

One of the most surprising things for me was getting off the plane, following the signs that said Non-EU passengers, and suddenly being outside.  I almost tried to turn around and get back in the building.  That was '02 so it may have changed.

Enjoy yourself, I'm going on vacation to Indiana, heh.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 12:55:52 PM EST
Jerome mentioned that you charmed his kids. Does that mean you speak French or do the scions of Paris speak English?
by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:00:47 PM EST
Kids can be charmed even if you don't speak the same language. I managed to win over afew's grandchildren.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:32:37 PM EST
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but whose grandchildren were they? (sorry, couldn't resist)
by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:41:32 PM EST
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Heh.  Once again, two good guesses, but neither.  The children are charmed by having a seemingly grown person in their midst who can only speak two words.  They're trying to teach me things, but we've mostly been making faces, signs, and giggling at my horrid pronunciation.  The youngest in turn has charmed me forever by liking my singing - a first!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 01:39:15 PM EST
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So, you will have to sing for us at the meet-up...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des consquences alors qu'ils en chrissent les causes" Jacques-Bnigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 03:19:47 PM EST
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Good job Jerome!  Sleep deprivation until she writes something.  You don't fool around do you?

Once she gets back to the states we'll have to put someone in charge of that.

Hope you're having a great time Iz - can't wait for the updates.

by Maryb2004 on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:41:38 PM EST
Don't forget the chocolate shoes, Izzy! You promised!
by iamcoyote (iamcoyote at gmail dot com) on Fri Sep 19th, 2008 at 02:50:32 PM EST
Unforgettable!!!

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 01:34:03 PM EST
Ah, I missed this one first time around. thanks for the repeat.

It was good fun all round.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 02:43:46 PM EST


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