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An Unreadable, Unrepeatable Signature

March 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · France

So many people have elegant signatures. And why not? Even in the Computer Age most of us sign our names often enough to have pretty much perfected a signature. Know who usually has stylish and perfectly legible signatures? Athletes. Perhaps from giving autographs. (And perhaps from some clubhouse boy with an elegant hand slavishly signing […]

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Recommendations: Top Wines from the Herault

March 11th, 2018 · No Comments · France

A challenge/request was registered on this site this week, and I concede it probably is time to make some recommendations on wines we like that come from this part of France. One of the difficulties of doing this is making clear what geographical area this is. It is not the Cote d’Azur; it is not […]

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Ten Years of Blogging at Oberjuerge.com

March 10th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Beijing Olympics, France, Hong Kong, Journalism, LANG, Newspapers, Olympics, Paris, Sports Journalism, The National, The Sun, UAE

It was March 10, 2008, that this blog commenced. Ten years ago today. It was four days after I had been fired by the Los Angeles News Group, and I wanted to let co-workers and other journalists know what had happened, with as many specifics as I could recall. It was a Thursday, around lunch, […]

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The Nasty Caterpillars of Southern France

March 9th, 2018 · No Comments · France

Well, in theory, they could be killers. But they are more likely to make your dog or cat sick. Caterpillars! Processionary caterpillars, they are called. They are some nasty customers who live here in the south of France, and in southern Europe, in general. They are destructive to pine trees, where they spend much of […]

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Craft Beer, France and Second Thoughts

March 5th, 2018 · 1 Comment · France, Travel

This part of France is given over almost entirely to vines. A smattering of olive trees. A field of grain, here and there. Almost zero significant industry. In terms of consumption, this ought to be wine country, and it is … but not as uniformly as it might have been a century ago. Beer is […]

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Missing Out on Snowmen, Back in France

February 28th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

We are in Southern California, where the weather has been a bit raw. It snowed a bit in the mountains. Yikes! But nothing like it has been back in the south of France. Where we live has been getting inches (inches!) of snow. This does not happen there. Certainly not to the extent we have […]

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Visiting the U.S. and Encountering Sticker Shock

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Spain, Travel

We once lived decades in southern California. We feel like we know the place pretty well. Certainly from the Mexican border to, say, Sacramento. We had been outside the country for more than a year, and what we found here on our return yesterday has been … astounding. When did California prices get out of […]

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PST: The Perfect Time for Watching Sports

January 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, College football, Football, France, NBA, NFL, The Sun, UAE

Here are the kickoffs for the NFL’s conference championship games tomorrow. That is, if you live under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time. New England at Jacksonville, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 3:40 p.m. Convenient, as a viewer, no? Well, yes, and you should know it is not like that everywhere. If you have lived […]

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French Producers: Who Moved My Cheese?

January 9th, 2018 · 1 Comment · France

A very French story. A crime involving cheese. A heinous crime, then. Nearly 700 wheels of soft, pungent Saint-Nectaire cheese, a favorite of King Louis XIV and worth about $12,000, were stolen in the dead of night from a village in the Auvergne, a mostly rural region of south-central France. The heist is the latest […]

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Ruing the Demise of the Eight-Year Flip-Flops

December 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France

This is a guy thing, pretty much, isn’t it. Or maybe a slob thing. Wearing things forever. Until they break or split or go to pieces and fall off your body. Or, perhaps, until your significant other gets sick of looking at your rags and throws some of them out when you are not paying […]

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