Every Saturday we have breakfast at our regular spot and all the staff there know us on sight. We really like it there and they treat us well. It’s one of those places where you place your order and sit down. When your order’s ready they call your name and you come up to the counter and get it.

They’ve taken to calling me “Don Pelon” and it’s always good for a chuckle…

One Saturday we got a late start and by the time we got to the restaurant the line was out the door. We didn’t really want to wait around so we went to the nearby La Madeleine.

The next week we went back to our regular restaurant and the manager asked us where we were the week before. We explained that we went to La Madeleine and he got all huffy (in a playful way) and on that morning when our order was ready, rather than call out “Don Pelon” over the P.A. I hear “Francois, your order is ready” in a very bad French accent.

He’s been calling me Francois for some time now so Cynthia and I came up with the idea of sending a Bastille Day card to the restaurant and the work above is the result.

We even had a few extras made up and sent them out to a few friends and family while we were at it. We figure most people won’t get it, but it sure made us laugh! Now we’re sold on the idea of sending out offbeat holiday cards as a matter of course and avoiding the “standard” holidays altogether.

Too bad St. Swithun’s Day falls so close to Bastille Day….

Happy (Early) Bastille Day!

10 thoughts on “Happy (Early) Bastille Day!

  • July 12, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I got it and I love the card. You two are so cool.

  • July 12, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Damn that’s SUCH a good idea. I might have to steal it.

  • July 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I like the idea, and I’ve stolen it. Groundhog Day is pretty tempting to send out cards to family and friends but there are some really obscure holidays that I think would be more fun.
    I think if we do one per season it’ll remain fresh and fun to do.
    Currently I’m thinking
    winter – Boxing Day dec 26
    spring – Arbor Day april 25
    summer June 22 – Anti-fascist struggle day or Flag Day june 14
    fall – November 2 – Dia de Muertos

  • July 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

    That was hilarious!

    With regard to your idea about the funny cards, I watched a film called Ira and Abby recently. Her family dressed up in themed costumes for Christmas each year and sent out photo cards of them dressed as the cast from Grease, Jail Birds, Romans, etc. That was a terribly cute idea!

  • July 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    C’est une bonne idee! I presume that what you two are holding is Babette’s Feast?

    Liberte Egalite Fraternite, y’all.

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