Blog from Paris - revisited
By pmonday on Jun 07, 2007
Over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to support the Project Blackbox tour as it went through Paris. Although I am of French Canadian decent (as if you can't tell from my name - Maurice Cloutier), I never learned French from my French speaking father. However, I do enjoy languages, having learned Spanish and Japanese, and thought it would be amusing to blog about my trip with as many French-isms as possible. Unfortunately, Paul had a lot of better entries to post, so my blog sat idle and unposted lo these many months.
Well, I still think it's funny (yeah, and kinda stupid too), so here it is! I hope you also like the photos I took of the 'mini' Project Blackbox touring Paris.
The Paris stop was a tour de force of savoir-faire held on a jazz-barge on the River Siene. Despite force majeure of rainy weather, customers and partners who had given an RSVP came en masse to view and pay hommage to Project Blackbox. Upon arrival, the barge maître d' treated the guests to coffee & croissants (and later for lunch, vin rouge, champagne, and hors d'oeuvre. Excellent cuisine, but sadly no crème brûlée ). Sun France's esprit de corps was high as customers of all genre - traditional, avant-garde, nouveau riche, etc. - shook off their enui and were filled with joie de vivre over Project Blackbox. The local team really is la crème de la crème and left me with nothing to critique. Touché!
Àpropos Project Blackbox (the raison d'être for my being in Paris), the unit was parked au naturel on a cul-de-sac on the river bank near the barge. During the day, I had a strong sense of déjà vu when speaking to customers, but the question du jour was how Project Blackbox compared vis-à-vis a traditional datacenter. I dispensed with my light-hearted repartee and engaged in a serious tête-à-tête with the customers. I had carte blanche during the days to help as required, but generally adopted a laissez-faire approach so as not to appear gauche.
After the de rigueur business meetings, the event finale was a dinner cruise & soirée with partners down the River Siene. It was an evening par excellence, but the pièce de résistance - nay, the coup de grâce, was when the clouds parted en route to our rendez-vous with the Eiffel Tour - a mental souvenir I will always cherish. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about Paris that leaves me wishing for an encore as I bid adieu. My only regret is that I don't speak French (I am the faux Frenchman), but no sense falling into a malaise for c'est la vie.
And here are the pictures from the Project Blackbox (mini) Tour:
Here is the (mini) truck in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Did you know that Gustave Eiffel is responsible for the inner-frame on the U.S.A's Statue of Liberty (which, of course, was a gift from France for our 100 year anniversary).
Here is the (mini) truck in front of the majesti Notre-Dame Cathedral.