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GoneOffShore

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Name: Sam
Gender: Male
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current location: Aix-en-Provence
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 15,776

About Me

Moved to France in September of 2018 after buying our apartment in 2017 after the debacle of the election. We're glad to be here, but we continue to be involved with what's happening in the US.

Journal Archives

Third Pfizer jab yesterday at the Centre de Vaccination

Went in at 09:00 CEST after my name was checked off the appointment list by the gendarme on door. Filled out a form with my information, including the date of the last vaccination and gave that, along with my ID to the lady with the computer.
Took a number and sat down. Listened to the guy who came in after me complaining about the wait, which made me laugh, as there were only six people there in front of him.
Five minutes later I was called and presented my ID and the filled out form. The doctor, who looked like he was twelve, asked if I wanted to answer questions in French or English. I have learned that when someone asks that, they want to practice their English. We got the medical questions out of the way, and then he asked where I was from, did I like living in Aix, and why I was in France. Got the injection, which I barely felt, and went to sit down for the required fifteen minutes to make sure I didn't fall over.

Drove home, and no ill effects or soreness. Walked into town, had coffee, then home, and 'did stuff'. Then, when I was cooking dinner around 19:00, I noticed that my arm was a bit sore. Went to bed at 22:00 with a slight headache and a very sore arm. Woke up at midnight for the usual reasons. Back to bed, but wasn't able to sleep, due to the headache, muscle aches, and general malaise. Finally, at 03:00 I took two 500g paracetamol, which kind of, but almost didn't help. Restless sleep, and some sweating, but no fever. Another 500g tab at 07:00 and back to sleep. I was then 'out' until noon, still with a bit of headache, though the muscle pain was gone, so another 500g paracetamol. Finally, at 16:00 I got out of bed, had some tea, and have been up ever since. Still a bit tired, but not how I was feeling five hours ago.

So that's my reaction to the booster. And I'm fine with it. I know that my immune system kicked in, and I'll be as well protected against Covid-19 as I can be. Still be wearing a mask in shops, on public transport, and in really crowded outdoor spaces. Plus, I'll get my flu shot next week.


'Underland' written by David Knopfler 2015 - written in the USA for the credits default scandal

“The King of nothingness is in command”



Mark Knopfler's brother.
Posted by GoneOffShore | Sat Oct 9, 2021, 08:33 AM (0 replies)

Musk proves, yet again, that he is more focused on profits than people. And yes, we always knew that

Musk's move of Tesla's headquarters from California to Texas goes further to show his absolute lack of civic responsibility.

And if I read DU correctly, the number of potential Tesla buyers here is pretty small. And hopefully, just got smaller still.

Best bumper sticker: I was an honour student. I don't know what happened.

On an old Volvo.

New Amsterdam - Still watching Season 1, but totally hooked.

New vaccine regs in France. Mandatory vaccine for healtworkers

From France 24 -
Vaccination will become mandatory for all health workers. Macron urged them to be inoculated by September 15, after which they could face potential sanctions or fines. Vaccination is a "matter of individual responsibility [...] but also a matter of our freedom", the president added.
France's health minister Olivier Véran said that non-vaccinated health workers won't receive a salary nor be allowed to work after September 15.
"This summer will be a summer of economic recovery," he stated, adding that the 'health passport' – a QR code or certificate proving that the holder has a negative Covid-19 test, is fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19 – will be required throughout different establishments in France from August, including bars, restaurants, cafés and shopping centres.


New regs in France -

And PCR tests will no longer be free.

James Baldwin in a 1979 20/20 segment that was never aired.

“Nobody wants a writer until he’s dead.”

https://


Here's part of the transcribed interview -

“White people go around, it seems to me, with a very carefully suppressed terror of Black people—a tremendous uneasiness,” Baldwin said. “They don’t know what the Black face hides. They’re sure it’s hiding something. What it’s hiding is American history. What it’s hiding is what white people know they have done, and are doing. White people know very well one thing; it’s the only thing they have to know. They know this; everything else, they’ll say, is a lie. They know they would not like to be Black here. They know that...and they’re telling me lies. They’re telling me and my children nothing but lies.”

Anyone going to watch France vs Germany? Here's a link. Allez les Bleus!

So, for football fans, here's a link to the match between Les Bleus and Allemagne starting soon!

https://www.francebleu.fr/sports/football/direct-euro-de-football-suivez-france-allemagne-21h-1623678832?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1623679586-2

Actually we're in Aix-en-Provence, only three hours south of Lyon.

We're doing well.
On July 13th it will be four years since we got the keys to our flat in Aix and on 5 September three years that we've been here 'definitivement'.

Driving licenses exchanged and our French 'Permis de Conduire' are good for fifteen years. Carte Vitale's, so we're covered under the French system, and CDS Temporaire(renewable every year).

In September 2023 I will be asking to become French 'par decret'. The process will take anywhere from a year to two years. I will have to speak French to a B1 level (via a test), provide proof of means, proof of integration(What are the symbols of France? What is 'laicite? Why do you want to be French? French friends? Community activities? Etc, etc), criminal background check, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, application forms, photos, tax returns, a visit from the Gendarmes, an interview, and some other stuff.

I know several people who have done it. It's not that tough, except that it takes perseverance, but since I want to be able to vote here, I'm determined.

Doesn't mean I lose my American citizenship, just that I'll have a French birth certificate and a second passport.
Posted by GoneOffShore | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:45 PM (0 replies)

Memorial Day poem from Wilfred Owen

DULCE ET DECORUM EST

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.


Wilfred Owen
18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918
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