Dateline: Paris, France
|Ryan, I told you to cut her off...|
- Monday afternoon (~ 48 hrs ahead of departure): The family gets tested. Jèrrence has the only positive result in the group. Faster than one can say, "Every man for themselves, Pops!" the family re-books their tickets and blows town the next day before their test results could change.
- Tuesday morning: Daughter Ryan calls and reports that her indulgent New Year's Eve at the Waldorf Versailles reservation, no longer usable, is in fact, non-refundable and would her father be interested in spending his quarantine there for the next three days and helping her with the cost... Jèrrence can immediately hear Kay Corrigan somewhere saying, "God doesn't close a door without also opening a window..."
- Sure, Ryan, I'll help you out. That's what dads are for.
Wednesday to Friday morning: With basically zero COVID symptoms, Jerrence isolates at the palace hotel which used to be Marie Antoinette's old crib, intermittently reading* and walking the grounds, mostly investing his time trying to divine... what exactly is it that the French do with their bread?!
Oh, this is going to be hell...
- Friday afternoon: Jèrrence tests NEGATIF and heads immediately to the Waldorf bar - to both celebrate and commune with his peeps - ordering something with Château in its name, and asking the waiter to make he cannot see the bottom of the glass for the next 90 minutes. He books himself on the earliest flight the next day.
"Get back on the plane..." Peter Behrens
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Fiesta Bowl (and January) - Very Random Thoughts
* Players (Notre Dame). A+. Hamilton and Williams were always going to leave. Austin leaving is semi-tragic (for him) but not terribly surprising - at least he's leaving with his degree.
* Players (High School). A-. How much do I hate the current NIL, let me count the ways. And come to think of it, I don't think I even liked my own children when they were 17-18 years old, much less a group of habitually entitled teenagers who wouldn't know the meaning of 'commitment' if it ran 'em over in the street.
RE-PETE (A shameless, illegal lift of Pete Sampson's weekly mail-bag)
Nothing's gonna touch you in these Golden years...
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Stop me if I've said this before...
Flint Lake, this time of year, has a very Fargo vibe to it.
And not just a prideful, "hey we're North Dakota's largest city and home to the FBS national football powerhouse North Dakota State University Bisons" feeling.
More like a Coen Brothers-type Fargo. Simple on the outside, more than a little menacing within. And with all the uncertainty in the world today - I just read that even Joe Rogan himself has doubts! - one just can't be too careful.
And given that I haven't yet talked Mademoiselle DeFarge into getting a dog - something about her 'come talk to me when you're retired' rejoinder still cuts deep - I find myself pondering what is it that will send a message to the outside world that Maison de Jérrence should be approached with just a tad more caution?
|But the Corrigans don't have any trees...|
And while it may not keep the local Gazpacho police from our door, I'm pretty sure most other NW Indiana ruffians will get the hint. God knows they all look like young Steve Buscemi's.
|"One of us! One of us!"|
But here's the sad part: I actually pay for this message board. Which would therefore seem to make me, technically, something of a card-carrying masochist.
6) Green Bay Packers. With a special teams unit that interprets that term in the same way as Jerry Lewis' telethon kids were also called 'special.'
- Three lads - two Long Island / one Long Beach Island (NJ) with a now transplanted Iowan.
- If memory serves, none of the first three had ever been west of Chicago.