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Young Americans in Paris Part I

Updated on November 7, 2011

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Young Americans in Paris Part I

It was the 1980(s) and as young Americans about to graduate from secondary school we decided to celebrate in the city of lights. I had skipped a grade and was graduating early and my girlfriend was a year older. I had lived in an area of town that was quite international. One of my best friends was French and so when I went to their house we spoke only French ate practically raw stake, and sipped wine. My friend was never allowed to drink. I was going to the city of lights to absorb the museums and the art and the architecture. I thought that was the motivation of my friend as well.

I should have known something was amiss when my friend was drunk on the plane ride over. She had managed to pick up a football player who she made out with on the trans-Atlantic flight. Public displays of affection are frowned upon in the USA but apparently it is okay to join the mile high club with a football player on trans-Atlantic flights. While they were in the bathroom the plane hit turbulence and they fell out of the plane bathroom while consummating their membership into the mile high club. Thank goodness it was late and those who saw didn’t care or laughed. I almost died and pretended I didn’t know my friend.

I had also managed to mingle with a few Parisians. My French was not good but it was passable and quite frankly I was looking for bail at that point. I really should have known there was a problem when I had finally fell a sleep on the last leg of the flight and as the stewardess announced we were landing, I saw my friend drunk running up and down the aisles of the plane looking for her seat. And I thought, “Wow this is why Parisians hate Americans.”. The stewardess approached me and told me I had to get m friend to her seat as we were about to land. I had no idea where my friend’s seat was. We weren’t seated together on the flight. I finally approached my friend and said, “Look sit anywhere you are going to get us kick off the air carrier.” Drunk she replied, “We’ll fly Portugal.” I snapped as I was quite tired and I said, “Sit.”. I returned to my seat and my friend continued to run up and down the 747 looking for and empty seat. And just before the plane lands she runs and jumps in my lap.

Crushed I said, “Did you really need to drink so much?” to which she retorted, “I only sipped wine and vodka tonics on the flight over.” As we landed I said, “Eight hours of sipping would make anyone drunk. And how did you know how to order vodka tonics?” To which my friend burped and slurred, “I can order Vodka Tonics in 8 languages.” And I thought. “Great!”.

When we landed in Paris it was mid-morning. I was warned by the contacts I had made on the plane to stay awake for the next 8 hours or I would have exceptionally bad jet lag. I took my inebriated friend to pick up my luggage. Of course, my luggage was not on the plane. I only had the clothes on my back, my passport and my traveler’s checks. I assumed my lost luggage was a Parisian tax for having a drunk girl friend on the plane. So we decided to walk the streets of Paris to work off our Jet Lag. Thank you Charles De Gaulle.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      This is awesome and funny and all. I lived in France when I was small. I remember the friendly people most of all.

      "I assumed my lost luggage was a Parisian tax for having a drunk girl friend on the plane." CLASSSIC!!!

      There is a picture of me, my sister, Dad and a flock of sheep in France. "Why do we Fish?"

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi WD Curry 111,

      Actually I have been to France several times myself and it is typical French culture to have a real consequence tied to having poor associations. I need to get rated in order for the judges to view it. I am working on the Part V right now as I respond to your comments. I hope it wasn't too racy for you. But it is all about nature in France

      I am a technical writer and fiction writer by trade so this is more along the lines of where I am successful in my writing endeavors. Hubpages has been my humble attempt to expand my skills as a writer into other genres.

      I will check out "Why do we Fish?" as I am assuming it is a hub once I have finished this series.

      I am glad I wrote something that amused and entertained you.

      Remember this is a series and I desperately need the ratings.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      All My Best,

      JT

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Not too racy at all, have you ever read the Song of Solomon? Anyway, if I can help you boost ratings somehow, let me know.

      This is top drawer stuff.

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi WD Curry 111,

      If you could be reading and rating I would really appreciate it. I just finished Part V. Thanks for everything and I hope I keep you well entertained.

      JT

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I'm sorry, I'm slow sometimes and I'm new in town. By rating, is that voting up and like that, or is there more I can do?

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      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi WD Curry 111,

      It took me a long time to get a basic knowledge of hubpages down. Just keep doing what you are doing and I am certain it will work. More important is that we have made a connection and I am glad you are enjoying the fictional stories. I have completed Part V. It could be a book before I am done if I include Canes and Nice.

      Thanks for being so considerate.

      With great appreciation,

      JT

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