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GoneOffShore's Journal
GoneOffShore's Journal
November 30, 2023

Anybody else polishing their tap shoes today?

What with Kissinger being unalive and all.

Asking for a friend.

November 28, 2023

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on stupidity and what we're up against.

October 5, 2023

Trump Claims Buyer Beware Clause' Makes Fraud - Satire/Parody

From my friend John DiDomenico - The best Drumpf impersonator out there -

Note to Mods - If not appropriate, I'll repost in the Lounge.
September 28, 2023

Neil Innes wrote a song for Magats -

September 5, 2023

5 years in France

Last night, 4 sept 2018, at 5:55 EDT we left Boston Logan Airport on TAP 218 bound for Lisbon and then on to Marseille Airport. Earlier, we had arrived on a Jet Blue flight from Philadelphia.

Before boarding, we fortified ourselves with gin Martini’s and Legal Seafood’s clam chowder.

A couple of nights before we had been stuck in an elevator in Center City, Philadelphia, and waited for the firefighters to get us out. At that time, we worried that something else would delay or derail our plans, But, boarding the Air Portugal plane and winging away across Massachusetts Bay, we knew we were finally on our way.

We left behind a 5X5 storage unit and our Philadelphia friends. It was bittersweet, but after a summer of farewell dinners, living out of suitcases, a recalcitrant teen, scary rabbits, and various doctor’s appointments, we were relieved to be on our way to our new life in France.
Today, is our fifth anniversary of arriving and living full time in France. We have Carte Vitale’s, French driving licences, and, probably most importantly, a cat.

We’re grateful and fortunate to be here, and will remain here.
Of course there have been adjustments to our lives, but we know we made the absolute right choice in coming to France.

August 30, 2023

Off on the summer cruise - Kingston-on-Thames, mid 1970s

Praktica LTL - Pentacon 50mm 1.2, Ilford B&W

August 29, 2023

The Cannibal South - An inferiority complex-ridden region depends on eating its own.

From How Things Work
by Hamilton Nolan

The Cannibal South - An inferiority complex-ridden region depends on eating its own.


“New York and California Each Lost $1 Trillion When Financial Firms Moved South” a Bloomberg headline blared this week. The headline itself was journalistic malpractice—in fact, the $1 trillion it referred to was the combined amount of assets managed by all of the financial firms who moved, a number designed to look big in a news story but that tells you little about the actual economic impact of these firms leaving. Now we are sure to get politicians waving that headline around clamoring for tax cuts, and frantic residents assuming that New York, a state with a $229 billion annual budget, has fallen $771 billion in the hole thanks to the decline in bottle service revenue from Wall Street analysts who relocated to Miami.

Still, the underlying trend is real. Since the Covid pandemic struck in 2020, more than two million people have migrated to the six fastest growing states in the South, bringing with them $100 billion in new income. This population shift is held up by Southern governors as proof of the success of their policies—and as a herald of an ongoing shift in the balance of economic power that is bound to continue due to the South’s inherent advantages. What spurred this grand relocation? Traditional wisdom will tell you that it was the more relaxed and open posture of Southern states like Florida during the Covid pandemic, along with the perpetual allures of warmer weather, lower taxes, and more affordable housing prices.

In reality, though, this current sloshing of America towards its drain is not the start of anything new at all. It is spurred not by any new economic paradigm, nor by any Texan or Floridian governor’s new ideas about unleashing the power of free enterprise under the nation’s sunniest skies. It is, instead, a normal reaction to a temporary rise in the appeal of something that the South has been offering for more than 200 years. Politicians will tell you that the South is attractive because it offers greater freedom. Actually, it offers cannibalism: it is willing to kill and eat its own to fuel a marginal improvement in your lifestyle. Don’t let this deal pass you by!

August 22, 2023

London in the 1970s

Waiting for a job

Back to work in the City

Soho Square

August 22, 2023

Some photos that I might have lost - But thanks to Old Crank and a scanner, I have recovered

All the pictures here were made from around 1975-1979 in England, using a Praktica LTL3 with a Pentacon 1.8 50mm lens on either Ilford or Kodak film.

Covent Garden juggler - What goes up, must come down

Covent Garden - Listening to the minstrel

Irene in the sea - Devon

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Name: Sam
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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current location: Aix-en-Provence
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About GoneOffShore

Moved to France in September of 2018 after buying our apartment in 2017 after the debacle of the election. We're glad to be here, but we continue to be involved with what's happening in the US.

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