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Our Little Marine Le Pen Town

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · France

Polls closed at 8 p.m. in France tonight in the vote for the country’s next president. The results were announced one minute later. At 8:01 p.m., a polling company that an hour earlier had retrieved results from 200 key voting stations … announced which two candidates were going to get the most votes and advance […]

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Bill ‘Stat King’ James and Another ‘Baseball Abstract’?

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, France

Let’s get at this the long way ’round. Most of our possessions arrived in southern France, from southern California, in one big crush of boxes along about mid-October. We had them stacked on a big plastic sheet in the garage, and the boxes made for a pile about three feet high and maybe 10 yards […]

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March Madness: Eight Hours of NCAA Tourney TV

March 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

I didn’t plan this. It was early on a Saturday evening and many of the regular TV options were not available, so on went the second half of West Virginia vs. Notre Dame in the NCAA basketball tournament, which I could see via ESPN GB … And nearly eight hours later I had watched much […]

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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Egypt’s Military Band and Bad Anthems

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments · France, UAE

What a cultural intersection this is for me! National anthems, the Middle East and military bands. I lived in the United Arab Emirates for more than six years and I covered a lot of international soccer. So I was exposed to the UAE’s military band more than once, just ahead of a game pitting national […]

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Preferring to Avoid Dead Neighborhoods

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments · France

In the summer of 1975, my little brother and I drove across the United States to Washington D.C.  And back. We returned to Southern California via a less-direct route, one that took us to Gettysburg, Niagara Falls and Canada and across the I-70, rather than the I-40, which we had taken heading east. We arrived […]

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Gonzaga’s First Defeat

February 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

The upside to getting an English-language-based TV package, here in the south of France, is that it allows me to look at about 50 sports channels broadcast in a language I more fully comprehend. The downside is, when sports events are live in the U.S., it is some time after midnight in France. When, in […]

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End of Line for Arsenal’s Wenger?

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, soccer

This has been an oft-revisited topic over the past five or six years. Has Arsene Wenger, on the job since 1996, stayed on too long as coach of English Premier League side Arsenal? Increasingly, the answers have come back, from fans and pundits, “Yes. It is time for Wenger to go.” The criticism of his […]

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My Childhood Chum: The Scourge of Wine Pretensions

February 8th, 2017 · 1 Comment · France, Long Beach

Let’s get right to it. A recent example from the irreverent/spiky/pissed-off/influential wine blog of my childhood friend Ron Washam: There are too many f***ing wineries. Why do we need so many wineries? Really. All of you who are planning to start a winery some day, or your own label, DON’T! You’re not that good at […]

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Trying Out ‘Good Morning!’ on Californians

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments · France

A key part of French culture, certainly in small towns, is to greet everyone you encounter while walking or jogging with a hearty bonjour! That is, “Good day!” At first, it struck me as a sort of empty gesture, a cultural tic, probably conveying “we both know we don’t really mean it but it’s the […]

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