Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


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Mademoiselle Yvonne

In 1983 the tour company I worked at closed its doors. I quickly found another position with a company in Boston Massachusetts. They wanted a program manager who could reside and work in Europe without going through the necessity of applying for visas etc. They also wanted someone who was familiar with the culture etc. Since I had lived and worked in France and Germany an spoke four other languages including English Yiddish and rubbish, they hired me,

The company was headquartered in Boston. On Tremont street, there used to be a bar called Locke Ober’s. It was a popular watering hole.  Incidentally just up the street was the Parker House, a long time Boston establishment hotel . It is there many years ago the once leader of North Viet-nam, Ho Chi Mihn worked as a bus-boy in the restaurant clearing tables. But I digress. At Locke Ober’s was the famous picture of Mademoiselle Yvonne. well known as the Lady of Locke Ober. If you can read the inscription you’ll see it’s quite pleasant and perhaps thought provoking.

The Inscription:

Mademoiselle Yvonne

Demure despite her nudity

She gazes quite sans erudity

upon the skulls both thatched and bald

of patrons who are often called, great gourmets.

She’s not the lady of Shalott,

she’s what a wife is often not.

Watching the world come and go by without emotion,

She is the ideal of our dreams.


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Job searching is such a drag!

Green Dragon Tavern

Green Dragon Tavern

I have lots of time on my hands nowadays. I think about all sorts of things. Unfortunately part of me wastes time with negative thoughts and thinking about the people who have touched my life in a negative way. I have decided today to try to get rid of all this baggage once and for all. Today I am going to create word cloud. With any luck I’ll be able to publish it here in a few hours.


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Job Interview today

I have a job interview today.  Waiting  for my Metro Mobility bus to pick me up. Tell you how it goes later.

So now it is later: My bus came at 09:30 to take me to Eagan. I guess a short explanation why I take metro Mobility bus would be in order.

In mid September 2012 I was trimming trees in my backyard. I fell and hit my head on the ground. I got up and went about my work. About 3 weeks later, due to the injury which I left untreated, I had a stroke which put me in United Hospital, St. Paul for 2 weeks. This was followed by 4 weeks of Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy. My neurologist cleared me to return to my place of work on December 6th, 2013.
The brain injury I sustained damaged the Occipital nerve which meant that my vision was severely impaired. As a result, I was no longer able to drive.

The Regional Vice President of Sales, the Regional Director of Operations and my General Manager took this opportunity to replace me. That’s why I am looking for work and why I take bus to attend my interviews.

Anyway, the interview went well. Did not get the job. The search continues.