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About skinsphins

The stories of a 'never out of the country until we moved to France' American.

Lil’ Ville of Pibrac

Way back in ought-eleven (a real number), I wrote a blog entry entitled Lil’ Ville of Leguevin, where I had some details and photos of our then-hometown. Now that we’ve returned to France and are living in a different town, … Continue reading

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What it Something I Said?

Part 1. One morning, a couple of Saturdays ago, the missus and I were lounging around reading the news when the doorbell rang. (Note: our ‘chime’ is the opening notes to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.) I go downstairs, open the door, … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Or…why the Leguevin baseball team is called the Duckies. Before we first moved to France, way back in ought-six, M’s British colleagues told how much we were going to enjoy the weather of Toulouse. “It’s so sunny,” they would enthuse. … Continue reading

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It’s American Week at…Picard

If it works for one supermarket chain, why shouldn’t work for another? I speak, of course, about American Week. That blessed occasion when all things American – and things that aren’t American but the French think should be – are … Continue reading

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The More Things Change…

After being gone from France for three years, it was inevitable that things would change. The first thing we noticed was how much housing construction is going on. We’ve been told that the population of the Toulouse area has grown … Continue reading

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Jack in the Box

Well, not quite. The halftime entertainer, Justin Timberlake, of this past Sunday’s Supper Bowl did either a great job or a horrible one depending on which fan or troll you done read on the internets. Regardless, when I think of … Continue reading

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You Want it When?

One of the things you can’t take with you when moving to France from the US is your car. (It doesn’t really pay to bring electronics either but at least you can get power converters if there’s something – say, … Continue reading

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