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Entries from March 2019

Spending a Fun Friday Night with the Local Soccer Club

March 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, France, Languedoc, Paris, soccer

Living in western Europe, the assumption by most Americans, including this one, is that professional soccer teams must not be far from any point on the maps of England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. That assumption would be wrong. Where we live, in the Occitanie region (previously known as the Languedoc) of southern France, plenty […]

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Come for the Salad; Stay for the Soft-Serve

March 15th, 2019 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, bacon, France

This will seem crazy, to many readers, but when we get some time back in the States, I inevitably think about having a meal at … … one of my favorite Mexican outlets … or enjoying dim sum at Capital Seafood in Irvine … or savoring some Lebanese, which we used to eat at least […]

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Going Off the Grid

March 13th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

So, disappearing is not impossible. Not yet! And thank goodness for that. Not to say it’s easy to go off the grid. I mean, completely off the grid. Like, no one can find “the you” of this moment. Even with so much of you well known to list-making authorities and rapacious commercial entities who want […]

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Tuesday, Wednesday Nights: Champions League to the Rescue

March 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Champions League, Fifa, Football, France, soccer

The world over, sports action tends to cluster around weekends. Friday-Saturday-Sunday are the heavy days because that is when more people have more time to spend paying close attention to whatever athletic endeavor matters most to them. Monday-through-Thursday … not nearly as fun or hectic. Usually. Then there is European soccer, which 12 weeks a […]

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Best Wishes for ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek

March 8th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

What I miss most about television here in France is easy access to the American game show Jeopardy! I have been watching it since I was a kid, back when the show was hosted in New York by Art Fleming. It ran for a decade, went off the air, then returned in 1984, much to […]

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Time for Lakers to Tank

March 6th, 2019 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

OK, yes. It turns out the Los Angeles Lakers needed more than LeBron James to be relevant in the 2018-19 NBA season. With 18 games to play, the club is 30-34, having lost seven of its past 10, including a game to the Phoenix Suns, owners of the worst record in the NBA. Before they […]

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About Time: Getting the Town Bells Aligned

March 5th, 2019 · No Comments · France

   We had been back in our village, in France, for a few days when one of us accomplished something a bit tricky: Noticing the absence of something we had grown used to hearing. To wit: The bells ringing in the city center on the hour and half-hour. They were not ringing. At all. […]

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In Case You Didn’t See It: The Galaxy’s Beckham Statue

March 4th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, Landon Donovan, soccer

We made a fuss over the statue of David Beckham unveiled a couple of days ago at the former StubHub Park stadium. The first at a Major League Soccer stadium. It should have been Landon Donovan; he put in more years, scored far more goals won more championships. For Beckham, the Los Angeles gig always […]

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