Saturday, June 11, 2005
I like to tell people that if I were born 5 days earlier (and my mother's due date was in May!) I would have been born on 6/6/66 at 6pm. I know that the 666 thing is not necessarily a good thing (and my parents most definitely thought I was a "devil" at many points in my childhood), but I always thought it was cool.
For any of you lurkers who have never left a comment (and of course you regular commentors!).... I expect one today! Pretty please?
Flowers that arrived today from my US sister.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
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I read your comments each day as I take notes for future Paris trips.
# posted by Nancy : 1:14 PM
Ever since I read your diatribe on French parc personnel and their campaign to keep people off the grass I've been meaning to post and tell you there is a Canadian gravestone in Montreal which says, "Please Walk On The Grass." It belongs to a former Park Superintendent.
# posted by : 2:15 PM
I'm also an expat in Paris, from few months in my case. I enjoy your posts every morning coffee before going to work. It´s much better than the thousands of tourist web sites about what to do in Paris and surroundings!
Have a great birthday in this wonderful sunny day!!
# posted by Anonymous : 3:04 PM
And of course we expect a full update on today's activities...complete with more pictures. You must keep your adoring fans happy even on YOUR birthday!
# posted by Kelley : 3:22 PM
Thanks for teaching me about "L'Occitane"!
# posted by vitrichenko : 3:30 PM
I've been reading your blog every day for months now, dreaming about my next visit to Paris. You could publish your posts into an alternative style guidebook. It's truely great!
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And, by the way, I just got the Marie Antoinette book you recommended. I'll let you know what I think once I've finished.
(formerly Pilar, but as I no longer have a Spanish blog, I no longer use my Spanish name, just my real one)
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Felicitations pour l'annee prochaine aussi!
Merci pour votre blog charmant!
Ingredient Sleuth (Marilyn)
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Laurie à Manchester
# posted by Anonymous : 9:29 PM
I'm so glad to have "met" you online. You are such a special person and I look forward to our "visits" online.
Thanks for all you share and may this next year be even better than the ones before.
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# posted by Amy Alkon : 10:22 PM
Read the rest of your birthday card (below) to see that you might have been born on the Day of the Beast not only had you been born five days earlier but also had you been born five days later.
by Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, May 22, 2005
"...I couldn't make up stuff like this. Just as the Catholic Church is settling into a new papacy, along comes a theological firestorm to stir things up again.
"Using the same spectral imaging technique that allowed researchers to decipher archaic papyrus fragments, Oxford scholars have culled new information from third- and fourth-century New Testament manuscripts found in an ancient Egyptian garbage dump. Among other things, Harper's Weekly Review reports that researchers have "discovered that the number of the beast, contrary to popular belief, is 616, the area code of Grand Rapids, Mich."
"Well, darn it. So many tattoos will have to be revised. The "Omen" franchise? Toast. And what of the good people of Grand Rapids, a.k.a. Hell on Earth? Marked, every one.
"The Grand Rapids Press has attempted damage control, hastening to reassure its readership that "area religious leaders say there is no cause for alarm." Huh. They said the same thing in "Jaws," and look what happened.
"Never mind that Hal Lindsey's apocalyptic best-sellers "Satan Is Alive and Well on Planet Earth" (1972) and "The Late Great Planet Earth" (1970) happened to be published on Grand Rapids' Zondervan imprint. Never mind that the numbers 6, 1, 6 add up to an evil 13. Never mind that all hell will probably break loose on June 1, 2006 (06-01-06, for Americans) or Jan. 6, 2006 (06-01-06, for Europeans and everyone else). Never mind that Earth-616 is the title used to identify the fictional Marvel Comics universe (won't someone think of The Children™?).
"Never mind any of this. Go about your business. Pay no attention to the horned DOOM behind the curtain.
"Rational thinkers point out that this is an old story, since theologians dating back to the second century have posited 616 as the number of the Beast. But for mooks like me and Snopes.com poster Heavy B, the devaluing of the Antichrist is Big News.
"Heavy B has actually done some research into some of the Lesser-Known Numbers of the Beast:
664 Neighbor of the Beast
666F Oven Temperature for Roast Beast
666 GB Hard Drive Space of the Beast
.666 Decimal Point of the Beast
"Here is wisdom. Whatever and ever, amen."
For more Beastly bits, here's a tiny url for the appropriate page in snopes.com:
Live long and prosper!
# posted by : 11:08 PM
My birthday is tomorrow (12th) so another reason I knew I liked you.
Have fun and stay happy!
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# posted by Lisa : 7:50 AM
I read your blog every day, and like others am storing up info from your blog for future paris trips!
Thanks for such great reading!!
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# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:43 AM
Enjoy all the delphware! Trust you had a good day en famille.
# posted by Anonymous : 10:39 PM
- I had to respond to your request of lurkers.
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but it must be sorry fate
that you missed that evil date :)
-patty in MD (be glad ur not here as it is horribly hot)
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Alison in Minneapolis
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