Blogging from Paris …

Even though I’m quite late to the game, after some needed encouragement, I’ve decided to start this blog to share some of my experiences living in Paris. I don’t have a clear idea yet of the style of this blog but I hope it serves as another way to stay connected to my family and friends. The plan is to update this blog once a week, each Sunday, with a few images, recounting of experiences and random thoughts about living in Paris. As you’ll likely see in the images I post, even after 5 years in Paris, I’m still very frequently entertained with quite simply what I see on the street here.

I journal everyday. I have for 5 years now. Each night, for the last 1,877 nights, I’ve sat down at my computer and written in my electronic journal (yes, I back it up regularly). My journal is many things to me: a way to organize and crystalize my thoughts, a reference for people I’ve met and places I’ve been, a tangible way to track the progress (I hope) of my own thinking over a number of years and a long-term insurance policy against Alzheimer’s.

There is an older woman named Gisele here in Paris that I met while wandering around the Marais my first week here who, in broken English, randomly asked me if I happened to keep a journal. I said I did and she said that she collected journals going back to the Middle Ages and had the audacity to ask me if I would send her my journal. I agreed and now, for the last 5 years, she’s been translating my journal into French and sending it to a French organization that archives journals for the purpose of documenting life during this time on earth. My journal is their first from an American this century. Don’t worry, I only use first names in the journal so if you’re mentioned you’re unlikely to get a phone call from some historian 20 years from now.

I’m writing about my journal because it will serve as the source for this blog. I will likely pull out some excerpts each week, embellish a bit, add some photos … et voila …my blog.

I encourage anyone reading this blog to leave me some form of comment just so I know this blog is serving its purpose ok? (click on the word “Comments” below each entry to leave a comment)

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve Hecht on April 1, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Why do you get all of the credit by omitting my last name in your journal? I demand full credit.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Anonymous on April 9, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Love your blog – very informative and interesting

    Reply

  3. Posted by david on April 23, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Great blog and great photos. Re: the French elections; Very interesting. Sounds a lot like the college football BCS bowl system.

    Sincerely “Jew from Chappaqua”

    Reply

  4. Posted by brian johnson '97 on April 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    i love your blog Dave. pretty interesting about the 85% voter turnout in france. if americans love freedom & the democratic process, why don’t we get even 50% in our presidential races? hope all is well.
    –very mysterious

    Reply

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