December 26, 2003

The Vacation Curse for Cali...

The Vacation Curse for California-Based Reporters: My wife does news-radio work for a half-dozen French-language stations around the globe (in addition to writing longer pieces for several premier French and Swiss publications ... there's a reason why her blog gets neglected). So when news breaks in California, the phone's ringing off the hook, and she becomes a chirpy, exhausted, news-spewing robot. In October, for example, the combination of Schwarzenfluffer and wildfires meant she did 90 radio reports.

So there is always some fear whenever we step out of Los Angeles that all hell will break loose (or even a minor newsworthy event, such as Maurice Greene's new world record in the 100-meter dash, which cut short her birthday trip to Catalina a few years back). This year, looks like she's screwed -- Michael Jackson verdicts, earthquakes, canceled Air France flights to LAX, and now mudslides. "What's next?" she said this morning. "Is Ronald Reagan dead yet?" And there's still two weeks to go....

Posted by at December 26, 2003 02:22 AM
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What's next, mi amigo, is Mad Cow Hysteria, American style. It broke out this week here in eastern Washington state. Hysteria was immediate. I horrified my wife's family by enjoying a massive bacon cheeseburger when we stopped for lunch yesterday, as a dozen-odd nations banned U.S. beef. Luckily (for us!) the cow is now said to be a *Canadian* cow moved through Idaho in August. Blame Canada!

Happy new year's to you dudes!

Posted by: Ken Lay ne at December 28, 2003 05:27 PM

Happy New Year in Christian-land, hombre! Yeah, there was a lot of Mad Cow discussion around the table the last few days; one of Emmanuelle's 47 uncles (father of cousins Sylvie & Ann-Laurence, if you remember them), is some kind of Expert on Cow Inspection, and had some insight ... while gobbling down seven kinds of cheese, various beefs, venisons, foie gras, the usual.

BTW, I have just unearthed a cache of terrible pictures -- Ochrid summitteering, vacant waitresses wearing "Ben's My Friend" T-shirts, Lice Balloon action shots, a sweaty Ken Layne & the Jersey Sluts ... it will be a Fun Year with the scanner...

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 29, 2003 02:29 AM
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So there is always some fear whenever we step out of Los Angeles that all hell will break loose (or even a minor newsworthy event, such as Maurice Greene's new world record in the 100-meter dash, which cut short her birthday trip to Catalina a few years back). This year, looks like she's screwed -- Michael Jackson verdicts, earthquakes, canceled Air France flights to LAX, and now mudslides. "What's next?" she said this morning. "Is Ronald Reagan dead yet?" And there's still two weeks to go....

Posted by at December 26, 2003 02:22 AM
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What's next, mi amigo, is Mad Cow Hysteria, American style. It broke out this week here in eastern Washington state. Hysteria was immediate. I horrified my wife's family by enjoying a massive bacon cheeseburger when we stopped for lunch yesterday, as a dozen-odd nations banned U.S. beef. Luckily (for us!) the cow is now said to be a *Canadian* cow moved through Idaho in August. Blame Canada!

Happy new year's to you dudes!

Posted by: Ken Lay ne at December 28, 2003 05:27 PM

Happy New Year in Christian-land, hombre! Yeah, there was a lot of Mad Cow discussion around the table the last few days; one of Emmanuelle's 47 uncles (father of cousins Sylvie & Ann-Laurence, if you remember them), is some kind of Expert on Cow Inspection, and had some insight ... while gobbling down seven kinds of cheese, various beefs, venisons, foie gras, the usual.

BTW, I have just unearthed a cache of terrible pictures -- Ochrid summitteering, vacant waitresses wearing "Ben's My Friend" T-shirts, Lice Balloon action shots, a sweaty Ken Layne & the Jersey Sluts ... it will be a Fun Year with the scanner...

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 29, 2003 02:29 AM
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