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|23 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Especially when saying, "To hell with Notre Dame (Not That Notre Dame)!"
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Not Much to Add Here||
...but I will anyway. First reply has all of your necessary information, but FYI The Great Candadian is on the left (south) bank of the Seine, just a couple hundred yards west/downriver of Notre Dame (NTND). If you're taking the metro your stop is St. Michel - Notre Dame. No official plans to meet up for a game yet but Matt will likely get something organized, if not for Saturday then definitely in later weeks should the Gods allow.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Cut him some slack...||
he JUST got here from Alabama.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||/ Shakes Fist||
/ Shakes again, with meaning this time
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Advice||
My advice to him from my 21st is to stay away from Atomic Fireballs. Actually, that's just plain good advice regardless.
Have a great time tonight!
|37 weeks 14 hours ago||H-Bomb?||
How is it possible that we are a good 30 minutes past the first comment and no-one has posted the H-Bomb picture? Is jhackney even alive anymore?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||4:42PM Here!||
Woo-Hoo 24-hour pos-bangs!
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Ditto||
Been lurking daily, DAILY I SAY, since before The Year of Infinite Pain. Stayed for the UFRs, got sucked in by Brian's writing (first by that thing about the photo of Mike Hart with 4 PSU defenders on him and the ball one inch over the goal line, more recently by the Denard senior day "haiku" that still gives me chills when I read it). Good riddance to the complainers - I love this site.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Plan B||
Wi-Fi can be found in Paris but it's not terribly common. Ross (B-school) alums meet at The Great Canadian bar, about 200m downstream of Notre Dame (NTND) on the left bank in the 6th to watch the game if you're looking for some like-minded company. Matt runs the club. Reminder that the game starts at 8:30 PM locally as France switched to standard time last weekend.
Regardless it's a great city so I hope you and your wife enjoy your time here.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||There Too||
My ~7th grade self was there, thanks to neighbors who didn't want to see M play a bad team in a bad year during bad weather. Didn't make it to the field as my best friend landed on his knees in the row in front of us after jumping up for the touchdown. Heard the replay of Ufer's call on the way home. At that age it just does not get any better than that.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda OT - Just saw Paris St. Germain....||
...dismantle Toulouse at Parc des Princes tonight. Wouldn't be surprised if one of the Premier League teams crossed paths with them in the Champions League.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Fewer Bitchy Posters?||
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Comments||
|1 year 1 week ago||/Drops Mic||
Wow - good stuff!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||It's All Good||
As you can tell from my profile I rarely post even though I'm on this site several times a day even in the off-season. But I live in Paris now and have for the past 1 1/2 years, just next to the Crazy Horse near the Place d"Alma in the 8th arrondissement, so this is a rare occasion where I feel I can actually add something of value to the conversation.
And that is... it's all good. Not knowing where you'll be you should just walk around a bit and drop into a cafe or brassarie that looks good. The thing about these places is that they all have very similar menus (i.e. most brassaries serve the same ~7 main dishes, and if they didn't they'd be restaurants and not brassaries). Location, convenience and atmosphere should be the determining factors. If you're looking for a nice restaurant, or want a modern/asian/Brittany/olde tyme/etc. flavor on a traditional brassarie or cafe because you've lived in Paris for 1 1/2 years and are bored then that's a different and longer story. But if you're there for three days in and out of meetings then the important thing is just that you go to one that looks good and enjoy the food and experience.
That said, I can agree with most of the above. Deux Magots is definitely touristy, but is traditional (waiters wear black and white), not more exensive than any cafe in a nice part of Paris and it's on a nice square with good people watching. Some friends south of us rave about Cafe du Metro, but only becaue that place is like Cheers to them. Since you'll probably be near the Eiffel Tower at some point, the Cafe de la Tour just east of the tower is nice. Closer to my apartment is Chez Francis, which is a cafe/restaurant. Too pricey for dinner, and the service is awful since it caters to the tourists coming off of the Bateau Mouches river cruises, but the view of the Eiffel Tower from there is fantastic (and if you didn't already know the tower sparkles for 5 mins at the top of each hour after dark until 1AM). The cafe gourmand there is 9 Euros and gets you a shot of expresso an three mini-desserts so if you're in the area you could do worse.
Also, understand that waiting tables in France is a profession, not a part-time job like in the states. The waiters are there to engage as equals, not to be your friend. This comes across as rude to Americans (and there are some truly rude waiters) but understand it for what it is. Also, it's considered rude for the waiter to hand you your bill (the implication is that they are rushing you out of their cafe to turn tables more quickly) so understand that you will have to ask for your bill - your waiter is not just ignoring you.
Final point on the coffee. Back in the day when Ann Arbor was the only city in the state where you could get espresso, French coffee seemed like the best thing on earth to me. Now that Starbucks are everywhere in the states and I've gotten used to how I like my espresso, I find the French espessso to be a bit lighter and slightly more sour than I'd prefer. It's still good, but don't expect it to knock your socks offl
Hope you enjoy your time in Paris. I love the city and even its inhabitants. And for Pete's sake when you're there as an Ameican please dress well, learn hello/goodbye/please/thankyou and understand it's polite to say bonjour whenever you enter someplace and au revoir when you leave. Hope you have a good experience.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||According to America's Finest News Source...||
...not well. Not well at all... http://www.theonion.com/articles/cut-this-monster-out-of-me,30602/
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Re: Bill Gates: Google Founder||
"Was it over when the... Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!?"
Sorry JeepinBen, longtime follower of your comments but can't let that slide especially given your tagline.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Woo-Hoo! First double-post!||
It's so easy!
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Think my tagline is most appropriate riiiiigggghhhhtttt....||
|2 years 9 weeks ago||MM Inquiry||
FWIW this advertisement has always bothered me, not only for the obvious reason but also because it seems to be such a dumb marketing decision. In the Age of The Interwebs it seems stupid to think that this would remain a "local" ad, and given the economic demographics of the respective alumni bases it wouldn't seem to make economic sense as well. And MM prides itself as a KY whiskey so why get involved in any MI/OH rivalry?
In any case I've sent out a respectful inquiry to MM to see if there was any follow-up to this ad. I know, should probably just drop this but I"m curious to see what the customer service folks will have to say about this. If it's anything interesting I'll post it here and the next time I see that ad on the blog; otherwise I'll let it drop for good.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Has Cullen Christian...||
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Hagerup!||
Now up by 22 votes!
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Notre Dame Should...||
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Simpsons...||
reference from mid-90s. Homer is looking for a peanut, finds a $20 and is sad because it isn't a peanut, until his brain explains that money can be exchanged for goods and services.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Sent from my Windows Phone||
I have a Samsung Focus as well and couldn't be happier with it. There are now 40k apps for Windows Phone, and while that's still much less than Apple or Android there aren't any apps I feel that I'm really missing. MGoBlog would be nice, but I just have the home page pinned to my start page, as folks would do with an app anyway. No way MS is dropping this operating system - Nokia is betting its company on it and the "Metro" interface is what you'll be seeing in the next version of Windows. My wife is dropping her iPhone 3 for the new version of the Focus that just came out a couple of weeks ago. Hope you hang onto you Focus and enjoy the new 7.5 features that were just distributed (free) and the next updates as well.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||You are not||
I was at the game and it transpired as you indicated. It was a bit of a fake trip followed by an underhanded heave to the nearest sideline to stop the clock. Corso was livid but the refs allowed it and the AC TD happened next, along with the correspondingly awesome Ufer call.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||So Delicious!||
At 11:41PM after final TD:
I had all these plans to closely analyze this game. HOW DO YOU ANALYZE MAGIC, PIXIE DUST, UNICORNS, AND TOMFOOLERY
Sir. How, indeed.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Twice!||
Most enjoyable QB helmet issue since Brady Quinn surfaced with a clod of ND turf stuck in his faceguard courtesy of that awesome* 2006 Michigan D.
*Final two games notwithstanding
|3 years 27 weeks ago||UM Aero 1990||
There are no corners in space, and unfortunately for me no connecting to that link. Watching "NASA TV" on the NASA site.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Give Tate His Due||
Sounds like he's gone and we all know and have discussed at length the
drama/attitude/academic issues that have dogged him the past two years.
It's unfortunate that things apparently aren't working out, when it appears
that they so easily could have.
Given that, let's take a moment to reflect on his contributions over the past two years. In 2009 we owe him the jockstrap juke and victory against ND, the monsoon drive against State and the early impression that Michigan was "back" in what would have otherwise been another horrific season.
In 2010 we had a capable stand-in for the numerous times Denard
I'm as disappointed as anyone at the apparent waste of a viably good QB here, but let's give Tate his due before we shoo him on his way.