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The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

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The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

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The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

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The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

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Joe Start - French License

Californian Joe Start, author of French License, told us about his ten-year experience trying to get a French license and some of the hilarious moments over that period, a few of which were simply just life in France related to the quest for driving legally.

Amazon's description of the book is correct and noteworthy -- I couldn't say it better myself, having laughed from cover to cover: "This travel memoir covers the hilarious attempt of a Californian expat to obtain his driver's license in Paris. What appears simple enough becomes a tragicomedy as he confronts one obstacle after another. It has taken him so long, that he's able to steer the reader onto unexpected detours along the way. You'll cross funny town names, race against the clock, hear how to talk your way out of tickets, berate blasé customer service agents and bump into wildlife. There are impossible situations, 'only in France' characters and cautionary tales from the bumbling of an average Joe. Read until the end to see if he beat the odds and made it or not. It's an easy, entertaining and quick read. Although it's not a how-to, you'll be informed with many surprising bits that even most locals don't know. Many facts are published here for the first time in English. The author intertwines facts & figures inside 40 comical stories. Chapters may be read as standalone tales, or as a chronology of mishaps on the road to the pink permit prize. This book would appeal to anyone with a sense of black humor, an interest in cross-cultural relations, French culture, or a wonder for what happens when a naïve soul rides into the intersection of technology, globalization, tradition and local government."

Joe enlightened us with his personal anecdotes and read a few passages that had us laughing and frightened of attempting the same thing! One attendee was very proud to admit he had acquired the permit within just one year, but that was thanks to his being retired and focusing on nothing else, but getting the license. He had a few tales, himself.

I admit to renting a car on special occasions and taking the risk of driving without the license. The truth is that driving without the permit isn't too much of a problem as France depends more on its radar system for catching speeders than live police on the roads stopping offenders. But should you be in an accident, it's likely insurance won't cover the costs if you are not properly licensed to drive.

Joe obviously drove for 10 years without it and managed to sail under the so-called radar. And with all the precautions France takes to educate and license their drivers, road deaths in France went up 15.4 percent in one year, as reported by The Local last July. Speeding is a big reason for that. I contend that since the police are no longer visible in lieu of radar, drivers are taking bigger risks.

If you want a laugh, read Joe Start's French License. If you want to cry, apply for a French License. If you want to take the risk, but get where you're going, drive without a permit. If you want to stay safe and get where you're going, take public transportation.

In attendance were:

•    Alice Houston
•    Amie Gabriel
•    Anna and Joe Hayes
•    Barb Harper
•    Carita Rizzo
•    Cathy Eifling
•    Craig Carlson
•    David Sprawls
•    Denise Grassart
•    Dorota Jablonksi
•    Eileen Walker
•    Eric Tolbert
•    Gabriela Rosa da Silva
•    Geraldine Kaylor
•    Jane Currie
•    Johanne Dupuis
•    Joseph Wilkins
•    Julien Chameray
•    Leslie Sovish
•    Linda Sanchez
•    Lisa Anselmo
•    Lizz Gagliano
•    Marie Jo Clet
•    Merideth McGregor
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Pam Perry
•    Pat Le Blanc
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Susan Ward
•    Vicki Gerber
•    William Jordan
•    Plus others who did not sign in!

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

The Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi

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