Vive la France – Day 1

I hope this post makes sense to someone, but if not, you’re going to have to forgive me. I woke up at 7am Sunday EST, hopped on a plane around 5:40pm EST, arrived in Paris at 6:00am (their time) and then went to work. I’m exhausted. I haven’t gone this many hours without sleep in a very long time. Makes me wish I were a bit younger.

Juicy fact of the day. If you’re ever in Paris, take a taxi unless you have a deathwish. During the course of driving from the airport to my hotel, and then my hotel to my client, I nearly died numerous times. If you’ve been to Boston and thought the drivers there were crazy, then been to New Jersey and thought they were worse, let me tell you something. You haven’t seen anything till you’ve been to Paris. Riding with a cabbie is almost enough to make an atheist start to pray. Scary doesn’t begin to describe it.

So, my spiffy new Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS device hasn’t worked yet. Granted, I really haven’t had it in a location where I would expect it to get some decent satellite readings, but being in a car should be good enough. Makes me even happier that I didn’t rent a car. Did I mention the drivers here are nuts? I’ll try and take photos. It really can’t be described.

I made a few last minute phone calls to try and get in touch with some interview candidates before I left for Paris, apologizing profusely to all of them for being forced to call on a Sunday. One phone screen didn’t pan out, as the person on the other end said he didn’t think he had enough experience. I can’t say how much I valued his honesty. I can’t afford to make a mistake with my first hire.

Oh. And my cell phone doesn’t work here either. I’m supposed to be meeting a friend who is working in London for the next couple years, and my phone doesn’t work. Go figure.

Juicy tidbit of the day. In Paris, they drive on the right hand side of the road. I always thought they drove on the left for some reason. Maybe that’s just England.

Well, I’ve had enough for one day. I’ve gone more than 36 hours now without sleep and I think I’m starting to hallucinate. Welcome to France.


  1. Mr Pete on November 28, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Yup Paris driving is a bit mad.
    but I’ve seen worse…

    Cairo is truly nuts when it comes to driving. Trafic lights are merely decorative as are lane markings there,

    Also please note it is not just England it is the whole UK which drives on the left. Mainland Europe drives on the right.

  2. Kevin on November 28, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the flashback. I was in Paris for a high school trip over 20 years ago. I only remember bits and pieces from the trip by now….but I took a cab from a night club to our hotel at 2 in the morning….and boy do I remember THAT.

    Hope you enjoy your trip.

  3. cedric on November 28, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Enjoy your stay in Paris, and if you get a chance, drive through the rond-point des champs-elysees (where the arc-de-triomphe is)… this is so much fun, it’s like being on a bumper car ride, except that you do need to avoid the other cars..

  4. Andy Stewart on November 28, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    For a brisk start to the day, try braving the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe….

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