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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #1 – Intro and Double Shot


Hopefully Humorous Observations and Occasional Tips in Dealing with the Gauls and Parisians [Author’s Note for 2014 Re-Publish: To celebrate my 18th year in Paris and the 4th anniversary of this series of post, I am republishing this first article … Continue reading

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A little perspective following a visit to a hospital


I visited a colleague in the hospital today. I’d call him a friend but I really didn’t know him all that well outside of work. He was outspoken and good-hearted and I greatly appreciated him as a leader and someone … Continue reading

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Sick as a dog, again


So, it has happened again and only three months later. My sinus condition is back with a vengeance. And this despite the aforementioned chiropractor visits. Ok, so you are now thinking, Fino has finally lost it – a chiro for … Continue reading

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Therapists and the Moral Compass


I loved the relationship between Tony Soprano and his shrink. It was so well-written and acted. So much sexual tension and irony in the meeting of these two. It also kind of broke the mold on males going to seek … Continue reading

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Starbucks and I…and McDs


There is another Starbucks opening near my Parisian flat. I think that within a 1km radius of my apartment there must be, let’s see, 3 and soon 4 Starbucks (Fbg Poissoniere and Fbg Montmartre, Sentier and the new one coming … Continue reading

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Quacks and toubibs


I have had this nagging sinus problem for as long as I can remember. Every couple of months, I get in order: a sore throat, a drippy nose, wet cough, nasty infected nose cold, low energy, nose clears up, throat … Continue reading

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Under the Knife


I am having long-overdue surgery on my knee tomorrow so that, hopefully, I’ll be back to running again before Christmastime. It does make me nervous though because, other than my appendix, I have never had anyone gouging into some part … Continue reading

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Fitting In and Standing Out


I have always been a bit of a square peg in a round hole. Back in high school, I was in the smart kid classes with the rich kids but I lived from the wrong side of Red Road (not … Continue reading

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Urban Counter-terrorism


Have you ever had dark thoughts concerning a noisy neighbor? We have had some bad karma blowback these last few years – it is probably karmic owning to the public disturbances I made back in the day (albeit in a … Continue reading

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The Female Side?


I don’t know why it is but I LOVE shopping for my kid’s clothes at the Hanna Andersson store – both on the rare occasions when I am in the US in a city like Boston that has one (in … Continue reading

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