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Today is Bastille Day – which is how the rest of the world calls France’s “Fete Nationale,” or simply “le 14 Juillet.”

This day in 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille (Louis XVI’s political prison) and started down a road that eventually led to France becoming a Republic, just a few short years after the United States of America. And though the government of France doesn’t always side with US foreign policy, France and the United States have been staunch allies for well over two centuries.

So feel free to eat a croissant or two today, wear a beret, pop open a nice bottle of Bordeaux, and even watch the Tour De France. It’s all good.

Joyeux Anniversaire, Republique Francaise. I miss not being there for your birthday anymore.

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Celebrity Birthdays Today: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sir Ian Mc Kellen, Jessi Colter, Anne Heche, Lauryn Hill, Mike Meyers, and… Evan Tishuk (a.k.a. Gustav)!!!

Happy Birthday, orange coat‘s creative & technical honcho!

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37

This day in 1971, I was forcibly removed from my mother’s womb by an unscrupulous “clope au bec” French OBGYN with a fetish for smelling dog’s feet and slapped on the ass by a jaded and prickly old nurse with a nasty ether habit. Or so the story goes.

Let’s take an inventory of the last 37 years, shall we?

Places where I’ve lived:
Paris, France
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Brussels, Belgium
Madrid, Spain
Landrum, SC (USA)
Lorient, France
Bram, France
Cannes, France
Greenville, SC (USA)

Countries I’ve visited (in addition to the above, obviously):
UK, Luxemburg, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Bosnia, Monaco, Senegal, Egypt, Djibouti, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Bahamas, Mexico.

Jobs I’ve had (in no particular order):
Naval Officer, Photographer, Copywriter, Product Manager, Sandwich Artist, Professional student, Ranch Hand, Retail Monkey, Carpenter, door-to-door Salesman, Sales Manager, Brand Manager, Marketing Director, Marketing Consultant, Magazine Editor, blogger.

Time spent sleeping: 12 years, 4 months
Time spent working: 5 years
Time sitting in front of the TV: 5 years
Pounds of food consumed: 15,000
Liters (of various beverages) consumed: 28,000
Words written or typed: Somewhere north of 9,000,000.
Cars owned: 5
Bicycles owned: 14

Here’s to another year biting the dust.

photo: yours truly with the paternal grandparent unit. Paris, circa 1980.

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