30 March 2008
I'm not trying to go David Halberstam or Thomas Boswell on you, but I'll be thinking a lot about baseball on Monday. A lot of the time I'll be thinking about how long it's been since the Baltimore Orioles even resembled a competitive team, but thinking about the plight of 'my' Orioles is somehow better than not thinking about them at all. Their Opening Day roster is a bit unfamiliar to me (Luis Hernandaz? Adam Jones? Luke Scott? Randor Beird?) but it doesn't matter, I'll follow along from afar and root for the best.
Meanwhile, in Washington the hometown Nationals are opening their season tonight in a brand new stadium. It looks amazing on video, with sweeping views of the US Capital, the Washington Monument, and the Anacostia River. Can't wait to see it. If someone from home goes to a game -- please send photos!
I don't ever regret moving with my family to France, but there are times when I wish I could jet home real quick for a couple of days. Tomorrow will be one of those days.
Late Update: Ryan Zimmerman hit a home-run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the Nat's opening game in their new stadium.
[obscure reference guide: David Halberstam, Thomas Boswell] (these won't be obscure to some of you: Kevin, Dan, Jeremy, Dad, any others?)
29 March 2008
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25 March 2008
And in front of the other teachers, parents, and administrators.
23 March 2008
Watching cycling is about 90 percent anticipation and 10 percent participation -- as this short video clip from our day yesterday will show:
Late Update: There is a good story about the race from the perspective of one of the riders if you click here.
21 March 2008
But Zena's is quick, easy, kid-friendly, and really, really good. Not very French, but really, really good. Especially the mushy peas.
Milan-San Remo is the longest one day race of the years --298 km this year -- and is the first of 5 monster single-day races known as La Classicissima. We'll head out early, spend the afternoon in Sanremo (just over an hour from us) then watch the sprinters battle it out for the title.
Oh...and enjoy the town, food, markets, shopping, blah blah blah.
16 March 2008
Slipstream-Chipotle rider Christian VandeVelde. You can almost smell the burritos!
Slipstream's color scheme as it apears on their bikes.
The Lampre Boys
Bobby Julich being interviewed by VS.
Next week I'm hoping to convice my family to go to the finish of Milan-San Remo! We'll see.
Patrick and Julia were wanting to know which famous riders we were going to see. They don't know too many cyclists by name, but I mentioned that we might see Bobby Julich, making sure to add that it would probably be hard to pick him out in the mddle of the pack. I chose to mention Julich because I've really liked him ever since he finished 3rd in the 1998 Tour de France (pre-Lance, by the way). Because Julich was one of the few Americans to experience real success in the Tour in the years between Lemond and Armstrong, I think all American cycling fans really like him.
14 March 2008
When I got in the car "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash was playing. That was followed by James Taylor, Neil Diamond, and Peter Paul and Mary. Just when I was about to think Prince Albert couldn’t be any less cool, they played back-to-back hits from Journey and Foreigner.
Your coolness is no longer in doubt your highness.
12 March 2008
Discuss the organization of the world with reference to international communications.You have two hours. Go.
10 March 2008
OK, I totally overplayed that, but now that I have your attention I would like to break some bad news: Patrick and Julia will not have close ties to the Mayor of Le Rouret. You see, their teacher's husband (M. Fecourt) was running for the post and he lost his bid in Sunday's municipal elections. In fact, he came in third place, gathering just 17% of the vote, while the current Mayor got 55% of the vote to win reelection. I couldn't tell you his name is my life depended on it.
Clearly, I should have been running Monsieur Fecourt's campaign.
08 March 2008
I've been to 5 or 6 games this season and I'm still trying to decide how good this league is compared with talent in the US and Canada. I think I've decided that this league would be able to compete at the NCAA Division I level, but not with the big boys from New England, Michigan, and the Dakotas.
[Note: going to these games makes me really miss playing. My team -- I can't bring myself to say 'former team' yet -- from back in DC is doing quite well this season. Here are the latest standings for the Wheaton Caps.]
06 March 2008
First, let me say that my spotty traffic record should in no way be an indication that I am a poor driver. It should, on the contrary, indicate how stupid French traffic laws can be. For example, in my two speeding tickets (both handed out by traffic cameras) I have been going a combined 7 km an hour over the speed limit. Once I was doing 73 kmh in a 70 kmh zone; and once I was doing 74kmh in a 70kmh zone (note: full disclosure requires me to now point out that both tickets occured at the same spot, so I must bear some of the blame for not learning my lessons the first time -- and for those of you who know the area, it was at the traffic camera in Antibes just north of the Carrefour).
But yesterday was a bit different because for the first time I was pull-over by an actual policeman (police municipal, actually). I was heading home from Cannes with my family and my sister's family following behind in another car. Traffic was a bit heavy since it was nearly 5:00 in the afternoon. I noticed the right lane was moving pretty well so I changed lanes and proceed in the open, virtually car-free lane. As I drove along I noticed periodic large white signs painted on the road that read 'BUS', but I thought it was just a suggestion -- as in 'hey busses, we suggest that you use this lane'. Apparently it's a bit more than that.
After a few blocks a blue-uniformed police officer stepped in front of my path and ushered me to the side of the road. When I rolled down my window he informed me that the right lane was only for busses and wondered why I was driving there. That's when I pulled the dumb American card. Using my best French I said to him (and I'm paraphrasing here): 'What? Buses only? How could I have possibly known that since I am just a stupid American boy. I am so sorry. I trust that a noble person of your stature can find it in your heart to forgive this transgression.'
It worked. He let me go.
Who's dumb now?
Is it true that it is no more?
04 March 2008
What is the little guy doing?
Once again, what is the little guy doing?
5 cousins (where is Will/Willam/William/Liam?)