Sunday, November 02, 2008

The right time


As I'm currently trying to recover from my jet lag (It always takes me ages!) I don't think I've ever showed you an interesting piece of art by sculptor Arman called "L'heure de tous" that has been installed in front of the Gare Saint Lazare in 1985 (which explains the little pigeon "offerings" that you can see on it...). The clocks don't actually work, they are just for the purpose of the sculpture. Incidentally, today is also the day Americans switch to give up DST (Daylight Saving Time) and return to normal time, so if you're from the US, everything should be back to normal with Europe and PDP in particular! Have a great Sunday.

33 comments:

  1. What an appropropriate photo for today, and me, and YOU, Eric. I am familiar with this sculpture and will have to take a photo under it with Jetlag as the title.

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  2. Like you say Phx-cdg, very appropriate ;)

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  3. Great sculpture. I wish you well with the jet lag, Eric. I've never had it. How does it feel?

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  4. Great photo, Eric. Jet lag is a bitch, n'est-ce pas?
    There was an article recently in one of the NY papers, about a clinical trial for some possible medicine for jet lag. Apparently they fly you to France in a private jet, then you spend 3 days at some very nice place an hour from Paris, where they poke you and prod you and test you a bit, then you fly back to NY and have a couple more tests. The bad part is that you can't go into Paris or stay there once you're done. The good news is at least you're in France -- and they pay you $2,500.
    Naturally, I put my name on the list of interested subjects—haven't heard back from them yet, of course.

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  5. I am also delirious with jetlag, or decalage horaire, if I spelled it correctly. Misery loves company.
    The sculpture takes on a whole different feeling in black and white.
    Couldn't add that earlier as I was in a hurry to write, HOPING to win GF!
    Need I add that my crown is made of watches today, as I always wear 2 on a layover, one local time, and one NYC time.

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  6. Oh Lynn, be thankful for not ever having had jetlag, but I regret that you haven't had the opportunity either. Why not pop over to Paris and suffer with the hour time difference. I often find that harder than the 7 or 8 hour difference in Asia. I could never do Phx-Cdg's job as well as she does it though.

    This subject looks so much better as a photo than the real thing Eric. Thank you for letting me appreciate it in a different light.

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  7. UKLynn, it feels like you haven't slept even tho you had 8 hrs. sleep, you want breakfast at 8pm;you wake up at 3am and you can't get back to sleep;you walk around and people tell you how tired you look. It's hard to string 2 sentances together. You fall asleep in the theater even if it is a great production.
    Katie and Alexa, how was it for you?

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  8. Gosh, Phx, thanks for telling me. So - anyway; you had 2 on a layover? You saucy thing you (remember my misunderstanding of this a while ago? Well it's still in my head LOL).

    Michael Paris sounds fab! I have flown to the Caribbean and the Seychelles but didn't have it. Why not? I mean, I'm grateful, but...I'm curious.

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  9. Alexa that sounds interesting but don't they give you drugs too?

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  10. I like this, Eric. Great shot, great sculpture.

    PHX, you must have jet lag all the time! It might be worth it, to go to Paris regularly.

    Lynn, I'd say USLynn's description is accurate. I never had it quite that bad. I adjusted by forcing myself to stay awake to try to adjust to the hours of the country I was in.

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  11. We are about to set our clocks back right now!! It will be nice to get extra sleep tonight, I must say. Great sculpture; I love clocks!

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  12. My jet lag prescription (after two decades of around-the-world business travel): eat something! Yes, whenever you have that sinking jet-lagged feeling, day or night, eat something. I found that it reduced my jet lag from 7 days to 3 or 4. And, it was fun!

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  13. What an intriguing piece of art. Thanks for sharing it, Eric! Glad your trip here to America was enjoyable. Perhaps sometime you'll make it over to the Pacific Northwest?

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  14. Eric, we are switching to standard time. In the summer, we are on DST (Daylight Saving Time). And yes, an extra hour of sleep. Tomorrow morning, early church service won't seem so bad! Deb

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  15. Oh la la la!! Spring ahead, Fall back! We are only getting back the hour we lost last Spring! At least we can stay in bed a little longer tomorrow!! ;-) That would help with your jet lag...ehhh Eric?

    Great photo, and the B&W shot is a perfect way to present it! It is raining in SF and I miss Paris so much when it rains!! The dollar is gaining on the euro, so maybe a trip to Paris will be possible in 2009 after all! Yay!!

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  16. Perfect photo. Interesting and great angle. And by the way, I've said for years that if I were in charge of the world, we'd "fall back" EVERY weekend! (Who votes for me?!? :D)

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  17. Very cool sculpture, even if the clocks don't work! The B&W gives the photo a timeless quality too.

    Great snag on the GF PHX! Shouldn't we be setting up our monthly get-together in Paris about now?! I seemed to do ok with the jetlag this trip. I was crazy busy the week before I left and was only sleeping about 5 hours/night (instead of 7-8). The morning I arrived in Paris I just pretended it was morning, was so excited to be there that I managed to stay awake until after midnight, slept 11 hours, then I was fine! Once back in CA I was waking up at 5 for the first week, but I normally get up at 6, so that was ok. All I know is that no one felt one bit of sympathy for me when I said I was jetlagged.

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  18. What's 'great snag', Katie?

    I'm not terribly keen on clocks actually, not fond of the sound. My parents always complain that I don't have any, but I have a watch on my arm, a clock on the computer, a clock on my mobile phone, so does my son have all these things. What else do you need? Tick, tock, tick, tock? No thanks.

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  19. Lynn "snag" in this case just meant "obtain". My online dictionary says it's an informal usage meaning "catch or obtain (someone or something)". Not sure why I used snag; it just popped into my head.

    I don't like the sound of a ticking clock either. I prefer not to have an audible reminder that I'm wasting time!

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  20. Flying to Europe, all it takes is a first really good night's sleep and I'm on local time (and of course I don't have to concentrate on work, just having a good time) -- no problem.
    Flying back home, it takes days and days and days to adjust (PHX/Lynn and Katie described it perfectly).

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  21. Thanks Katie. Snag to me is a run in your tights or a drawback. i.e. I have a new job, the only snag is it doesn't pay very much. lol glad I found another meaning to it!

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  22. Glad you made it home safely, M. PDP. The sculpture is a great jetlag symbol. I don't remember it, though I visited Gare St. Lazare to see the site of the Monet paintings. (It's a little different now!)

    It's good you have a dimanche to recover a little.

    Another issue of ticking clocks (or time bombs): our election on Tuesday. Wish us luck.

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  23. HA! Alice of Arrandon DP mentioned it last week so i thought I must have it wrong so I set my clocks back last week! Who would dream that we would turn back a week later??? Oh that figures, we can't do ANYTHING like the French. Well I am all straightened out and counting the days till I get to Paris and I don't care if I have jet lag or not, I'm not missing a beat!!!
    Oh, and like your shot of the those clocks!

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  24. Nice photo and sculpture! I hate the time change, especially here in northern Idaho...we are Pacific time, and every winter when we change our clocks back, it gets dark at 4:30 pm! It's awful. Many people here suffer with SADD during this time of year...my hubby included. :(

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  25. Today its all about words for me and, Lynn, I hope as one of our resident wordsmiths you'll appreciate it. We 'Merkins use snag alot in the sense of to catch or to barely catch - "I snagged the ball she threw/ I snagged forty winks on the plane". Your noun snag results from something just catching [snagging] your stocking. When I signed on today the scramble words were deferalk and osigerspoi -- I suggest these mean the following: the latter was a Greek tribe which defeated the Trojans in 1250 BC and the former is an antartic bird. I bet you guys can come up with some other definitions! Then we can vote for the best one!! ;}

    As for jet lag, an extremely long massage at the hands of an expert masseuse/sseur can do wonders -- n'est-ce pas? I think I have to go now to plan ahead for my recuperation.....!

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  26. Hmm Carrie...I DO appreciate it very much! I suppose, too, the drawback definition of snag means 'the catch' too! i.e. there's always a catch. What's the catch? We just don't use snag in the UK in this way.

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  27. A colleague of mine, Isaac Rutenberg, collects clocks; so, I showed him your photo, and this is what he said, "pretty cool! I can only aspire..."

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