I’m 20… in my glass!

All French boys and girls who had lunch at the school cafeteria (cantine) in elementary school played this game.

Duralex glasses were so sturdy, almost unbreakable that they could be found in every cantine. On the bottom of our Gigogne Duralex glasses were engraved numbers (a serial number between one and 50). It was supposed to be our age. There was no real point, it was just simple entertainment while waiting for our food and a reason to laugh at each others. Who was the “Baby”?

This old style glass is now very trendy in restaurants and stores. You can find the Picardie Duralex or the Gigogne Duralex almost everywhere.

The other day, I had lunch at London Plane and… Happy me, I was 20 in my glass. I felt so well for the rest of the day!

Duralex USA 


He writes poetry for others

One Sunday morning at Ballard Farmer’s Market, a sign saying “Poems, your topic, your price” drew my attention. In front of this sign were two men tapping on old fashioned typewriter on recycled paper. One of them was Willhelm Curius.

I asked him if he could write something for my eldest son who was abroad for his sophomore year and whom I missed. He asked for a few more information and I gave him more details and described Pierre a little bit. There were a lot of people at the market that day and he told me he would be done 30 minutes later.

When I came back he offered to read the poem aloud. I found it very moving and I was touched.

— At Ballard Farmer’s Market


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“Your (School) mission statement, says Galer Street, is based on global connectitude. You, people, don’t just think outside the box, you think outside the dictionary!”

Seattle and its culture are very prominent in this funny novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

If you are familiar with Seattle, you will find many references such as the Craftsman houses, neighborhoods, the “Seattle Freeze” (how cold native Seattle residents are to outsiders), Microsoft, and Chihuly chandeliers:

“Hovering over me was the Chihuly chandelier. Chihuly’s are the pigeons of Seattle. They’re everywhere and even if they don’t get in your way, you can’t help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them.”

I would recommend checking this book out!