2016-11-06 Sun


Daylight Saving starts or ends this weekend. The media are, of course, full of it. All rather overblown, you ask me.

Either set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed, or set them forward one hour when you rise.

Only an idiot would set the alarm for 2:00 a.m. and wake up to set all the clocks back to 1:00 a.m. and then try to get back to sleep. (Sorry!)

And what needs to be reset anyway?

Computers nowadays, all the way from my two old laptops to my new Moto-X PLAY smart phone reset their clocks to some atomic time out of Washington, Greenwich or, for all I know, Beckenreid.

Digital clocks are dead easy. You press the button marked “Hours-“ or “Hours+” just once and you’re done. Worst case, you press the button marked “Minutes-“ or “Minutes +” sixty times. Although some of us will pretend we know what we are doing and this weekend will press the “Hours+” once because we think in terms of “an extra hour of sleep-in” and will then have to press the “Hours-” twice.

Either way it won’t burn off much in the way of calories, so don’t lose any weight over it.

You want to know what the worst part of the time-change is? The hardest, most awkward and annoying part? I’ll tell you:-

It’s trying to re-hang the clocks that hang from picture hooks on the wall. I spend more time farting around with that porcelain plate clock in my bedroom than I do brewing my morning coffee.


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Now this is positively disgusting.

Saturday’s Toronto Star carried a full-page advertisement for Flight Centre. This is the firm that used to advertise “London for Seven Dollars” and then tack on, say, a thousand dollars for your suitcase. They have cleaned up their act since then, and I took advantage of their $1,800 package two years ago , although I extended my hotel stay from 6 nights to fourteen.


Paris, flights PLUS seven nights. $1,125.

Don’t these folks realize that I am trying to save up for next year’s holiday? Although I still don’t know where it will be!

Of course, I’d have to factor in meals at $50 per day, a Navigo Card at $28 for a week (the flight departs Sunday February 12th, so arrives on Monday, the first day of the Navigo Weekly Card Period).

What could I do with five-zone travel across the entire Ilê de France for a week and meals ($380) making the total $1,500?

Well, the hotel is said to be off Place de la Nation, which is about the closest major point to Daumesnil/Dugommier and so the hotel is possibly the dear old Quatier Bercy where I stayed two years ago .

Nation is on the RER line “A”, so I could walk to Nation each morning and scoot out to Poissy for my newspaper and coffee. Hah hah!

February in Paris can be brutally cold, and the number of tourists is at a minimum, so the streets are not crowded. Although crepe and roasted chestnut sellers block the sidewalks. Hah hah!

And if the streets are not crowded, the Paris Buses will move more freely, so I might dream up a project to travel every Local Paris Bus Route, from the “22 at Porte de St-Cloud” to the “96 out-in-the-sticks” (Porte des Lilas). Nice little rhymes, eh?

Actually the lowest numbered route is the 20 between Gare de Lyon and Gare St-Lazare, but who’s counting?

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Fifty-seven bus routes, not counting the trams. I would use the trams to jump from one Peripheral Terminus to another. For example, I could hop off the 62 at Porte de France and tram to the 87 at Porte de Reuilly.

Twelve routes do not function fully on Sundays, so I would schedule those for a weekday. It would take a modicum of planning.

And sitting on the bus all day would be an incentive to eat light, to picnic while waiting for the next bus.

Could I manage eight complete bus routes each day?

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Or I could take it easy and just do the direct routes. Hah hah!