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Pump Sneakers

July 29, 2006 by  

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Ken Berger’s wild pump sneakers, which he claims he wears for comfort. Gotta love em. Pump_sneakers_1


The City of Lights — Paris, France

July 27, 2006 by  

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On Monday I had one of those beautiful moments of meeting a previously anonymous blog reader who reached out me to a few weeks ago and offered his home and local expertise to me while in Paris. Before meeting Pierre in a cafe near the Arc de Triomphe, I lunched with Eric Grabli, a private equity guy who Seth Levine introduced me to. Eric shed good light on France and European business culture. His thoughts — delivered in a slow, deliberate manner — were consistent with what I’ve heard from others (and which I’ll summarize later). We gorged ourself on sushi and water. I then hooked up with Pierre, the blog reader and friend and host, and we drove back to his house 30 mins north of Paris. I’ve spent a lot of time in European capitals so staying in the countryside where it’s quiet was a refreshing change. After taking a nap and cruising on wi-fi, we went to a free one hour concert at a church. It was quasi-opera, quasi-drama. Apparently something uniquely French. A handful of opera singers sang different numbers but in quite a dramatic,…

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Palais de Tokyo in Paris

July 27, 2006 by  

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One of the highlights of my meanderings around Paris was a visit to the Palais de Tokyo, a futuristic / modernist “museum” that has nothing to do with Tokyo but everything to do with technology, art, urbanism, and the environment. It claims it’s the “only museum open from noon to midnight”. That should give you a sense of the attitude of the place. This summer the set is “Tropico-Vegetal Program”: “Lying at the point where global exoticism, ecological concerns, summertime tourism and paradisial utopias meet, the different shows and projects that finger in Topico-Vegetal Program constitue an invitation to an artistic conquest and lucid stroll through a world filled with paradoxes and ambiguities, between an idyllic imagination and politically committed questioning, historical perspectives and political and ecological analyses.” Tokyo In sum, it’s all very bizarre and confusing (I have no idea what that description means!) but it’s well worth a visit. In the current exhibition there are five different areas. The first one appears to be about nature, as there are big green sitting cushions, fake forestry apparatus hanging from the ceiling, TV screens and pictures of water lilies, and the color…

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Day 47: Versailles, France

July 25, 2006 by  

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I spent a night in Versailles where I checked out Palace of Versailles and had a great, 3.5 hour dinner by the water and then a Paris by Night car tour. Had some great convos with the former President of Vivendi International – Games, whose house and family I stayed with, which I will summarize on my main blog. The Versailles hood is upscale and a 10 minute drive / 15 minute train from Paris. A lot of wealthy families seem to settle slightly outside Paris to avoid the hustle bustle and then make the easy commute. The Palace of Versailles is nice but frankly was a bit of a letdown. Maybe this was because some parts were under construction. Maybe because I had to pay 10 euros to get in because I look old and couldn’t get in as an under-18 year old person (I want to support cultural instituations anyway). The ornate architecture and gold was nice but inferior to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. The park was beuatiful — set up like Washington Monument in D.C. — but still only about equal to other spectacular European parks. I’m sure if I visited Palace of Versailles by itself…

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Tour de France from the Sidelines

July 25, 2006 by  

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Of course the day I just happen to arrive in Versailles is the day the Tour de France just happens to end and just happens to roll right through the little town I was staying in. We walked down to the side of the street and waited for two hours for the cyclists — and eventual winner the American Floyd Loomis (sp) — to whiz by. The first hour was all sponsor cars. Trucks, vans, SUVs, cars, all wrapped head to tow in advertising throwing out free samples to fans along the side of the rode. Our wait ended when a bunch of official vehicles and police slowly drove by and in the next 20 seconds all 100 cyclists rode by. It was over so quickly! I took a few pictures, and then it was gone. The only thing worthwhile I noticed was how relaxed all the bikers seemed. They were talking to each other, eating an energy bar, casually drinking water. Perhaps because it was the last day and they all let Floyd ride at the front, or perhaps it’s because when you bike for that long you get friendly with your competitors. In any case, I’m glad to…

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Bonjour – Loire Valley, France

July 25, 2006 by  

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After flying Lisbon to Paris I embarked on a bus, train, and taxi to get to Insead Business School to catch the tail end of Pascal’s presentation on French-US differences. I missed the 2:47 PM train by three minutes, forcing me to take a train an hour later. In the airport during my waiting period I saw three exhausted French women get off a train with tons of luggage and tons of San Francisco tourist paraphernalia.  After arriving in Fontiebleau-Avon I had to find a taxi. None was waiting in the “taxi” area even though there were several people waiting. The first one that came only picked up some old French women who had called for it. The other Indian people waiting for a cab decided to go in and call for one. Figuring I had no choice but to call the company as well, so I could claim an equal right to the next taxi which arrived, I went inside the station and purchased a phone card (first of the trip). I then went to the pay phone and fought the damn thing for a minute. As I tried to dial numbers, lo and behold, a taxi pulled up.…

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On Versace: SOOO Good

July 25, 2006 by  

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Okay, I don’t buy Versace, but they’re stylin’ – their artwork, their models, their bags, their color synch. It’s all SOOO good….. Versace


Long Live Clothing Swaps

July 22, 2006 by  

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A local who throws organized clothing swaps in Marin (I’ve been once or twice) was previewed on the Today Show this week. I’ve been throwing and attending clothing swaps for years and most of them are less structured and organized than what they are doing. People pay to attend this event, and some women show up with items for sale which are presented on tables around the room. In the middle of the room, the clothes are thrown, either on the floor or in bags. People show up, rummage through clothes, take a few items and leave. It’s a great idea – some of the left over clothes end up going to a Women’s Shelter. I’ve thrown a few since living in the Bay Area, and they’re much more social in nature, but obviously with a different goal. Women show up not just to exchange clothes, but also to share stories, connect with other women, share fabulous food and wine and hang out. We’ll often parade around in clothing we’d never wear, and throw things together that really don’t mesh just for the hell of it. Long live clothing swaps.


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