Thanks for the invite. Well, I hope that another French person depressed by politics will not be too much for you to bear :-))) Judith summed up the situation pretty well, I think. + French detective fiction writers and readers being often liberal, you will not find many of us to support either Le Pen or Sarkozy. :-)
It must be a different tai kwon do -- we do not have a brown belt in what she is in. Kicker is my middle child - 16 year old daughter and she has been doing this for 8 months now. Went from white to orange to yellow stripe, yellow, green stripe and is green now. Has blue stripe, blue, red stripe, red, black stripe, black and then the various levels of that still in front of her.
We have 5 kids, three of whom are boys. The oldest is 21 and works out so all he does really is study, work out and eat (well and hang out with friends but that usually involves eating too). The 16 eats all the time. The 14 year old (second boy) eats as 14 year olds do - constantly. Only the 10 year old gives us break. Oh and the second oldest? She is 19 and a vegetarian in a household of carnivores. Adds a whole new level to figuring out what to buy or cook.
I love your books - Sleuth got them in for me last spring and I am very much looking forward to the third
Hi Pari - I enjoy listening in on what you all have to say on your Murderati site. Paul Guyot introduced me to it, BTW. Also, my brother and his family have a vacation home in Angel Fire, and my father-in-law has one in Santa Fe. We've taken our kids to visit both areas, and you're right - New Mexico is beautiful.
I won't be at Mayhem this year, alas. I'm hunkering down to write two manuscripts. My only con will be Malice. I'm also presenting at a convention for the Association of Jewish Librarians. That's about it. Mighty tame for 2007.
I still like the reds; most whites don't have enough character for me. BTW: I lived near Tours when I was a foreign exchange student to France in high school. Beautiful town, but, oh so conservative. It was the year that Georges Pompidou died. Great to see the election process.