French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 78 (16 September 2010) – Gabba Gabba Hey!

After teasing you for two days, I now present my promised post related to the Ramones.

Meet Maxime, age 14. Max is the eldest child of Christine & Bernard (famous French kitchen remodelers), sibling to Théo, Celeste (the Little Mermaid) and Claire. On Tuesday around noon, on our way home from our important meeting at OFII and with our chest x-rays in hand, Melinda and I encountered Max who was heading home for lunch. But we not only encountered Max, we encountered Max’s shirt, which elicited multiple responses from me, including a request for this photo. Max gracefully complied.

We walked down the street together, me extolling the virtues of the Ramones, including that this was my band of choice while on my way to my high school graduation (I didn’t mention that the year was 1981, that I was with Marc Burns, all 6′ 5″ of him, in his Karmann Ghia listening to the Ramones on an 8-track tape, and that I was wearing a camouflage jumpsuit and red shoes – another story, another time). I told him that my brother Steve had an original Ramones T-shirt from the 70’s and that I’m sure that Steve would appreciate seeing a photo of Max in his shirt. I also offered to make Max a mixed CD, which I immediately went home and did. I mean, you meet a 14 year-old French boy on the streets of Nantes, France wearing a Ramones T-shirt while you are carrying chest x-rays of you & your wife, what are you going to do? Me, I make him a mixed CD, of course.

Speaking of the CD, it included Marilyn Manson covering the Ramones, a song called “The KKK Took My Baby Away.” Want to know how hip Christine is? In reviewing the CD tracks with Max and me she said, “Remember how eloquent Marilyn Manson was in the movie Bowling for Columbine?”

Now that’s a mom.

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  1. Re: Ramones

    Comment by dan gillmore | September 17, 2010 | Reply

    • How do I get me some of that sauce here in France? I’ve ordered the Rock ‘n Roll High School flick (from Amazon UK) to show Max. A pasta dinner seems like the perfect complementary meal! Check out:
      Pasta Sauce Commercial

      Comment by pscsandy | September 17, 2010 | Reply

      • i think the way it works is that i buy a case and fedex it directly to your stomach. never before have i been so enticed to try something with a sales pitch like “i watch people on tv cook… i decided to put something together”. genius!

        Comment by dan gillmore | September 17, 2010

    • But did you see that price? It’s like 88 thousand dollars for a case of 12 jars. Shipping to France is probably twice that. For that price I think I can bring back Joey.

      Comment by pscsandy | September 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. I forgot to write here that when I showed this picture to both my sons – Ian and Matt, they said – “Mom, don’t you know who the Ramones are”? Being of the somewhat older generation – way older, but having raised 2 boys who were teenagers at one point, I knew of Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, and various other groups that used to scream at me from one of their bedrooms, but didn’t know the Ramones. So I was treated to one of their songs when it happened to come up on the radio. I’m hoping Marc Burns read this version of your blog, as I think he would have a big smile on his face!!!

    Comment by clarissa | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. So who ended up with that original t-shirt when I donated it (with other RNR paraphernalia) to PSCS years ago?

    BTW, you can pick up modern-made copies at Urban Outfitters and other similar shops.

    Comment by Steve Smallman | October 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I gave the original to a PSCS student who really appreciated it. By the time I gave it to her it had shrunk to a size that whoever had it either needed to be fairly small (like this girl) or wanted it as a collectible.

      Comment by Andy Smallman | October 3, 2010 | Reply

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