Arrival in Paris “teaser”

So we arrive at Charles DeGaulle Paris airport after 12 hours of commuting and we are ready to take Paris by storm despite our lack of sleep. We have one small problem. CJ left her overcoat on the plane. Her brand new Miss Sixty tan colored swing length overcoat.  I’m thinking to myself, “this isn’t going to end well.” For any of us!!!!

Now don’t get me wrong. I totally understand how it feels to lose something that you really love and think that you “need”. Just a few hours before this I had thought that I had lost a small, black leather case with a rosary from my grandpa’s funeral and other mementos and I was temporarily upset.  For CJ, “Coatgate” was just about enough to put her over the edge of being tired, hungry and upset.  So as we coasted down the escalator that wasn’t really and escalator, she cried. Great fucking arrival in Paris, eh? Tears and exhaustion, huh? Isn’t that exactly how you drew it up on paper? I think not.  At this point I’m angry. I’m not even sure whom or what I’m angry at, but I’m just angry. Mostly, that anger gets directed at the people you are with, so I slam a few bags around and we bicker and try to regroup. At this point I’m thinking of a clichéd quote I’ve heard a bunch lately, “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you make of it.” I’m again thinking (which is a bit miraculous at this point that I’m thinking) here’s my chance to practice this “90%” rule.


About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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One Response to Arrival in Paris “teaser”

  1. soivis says:

    Another overused cliche’: It can only get better from there

    Have fun and relax!


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