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    21 August 2008

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    Two years til you have it again - how sad - but how wonderful to have such a thing to look forward to! Regards, Pollyanna!

    "America is my country, but Paris is my hometown." That's how I feel, living the perfect expat life in Santa Monica, California. Yet I could also say, France is my (true) country, but Santa Monica is my hometown (for now). How deliciously confusing... That's what makes (expat) life interesting, non?

    It's chilly and raining in Paris and the Loire Valley today. And that's August weather! It's all downhill from here, weather-wise, until next May. Enjoy the blue skies and warm temperatures in L.A.

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    Today's quotation

    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.