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    I got the feeling from your message you thought I was bragging about Royal Ascot. I hope I'm wrong I just wanted to share my news with you nothing more. If I came across that way I do apologize. I know my life is different from most and it can be a bit tricky when I talk about my life and the things I do but I assure you I take none of it for granted. It's just the way my life is and I know not everyone lives as my family and I do. Best regards, Slane
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    We were there last Saturday, as it happens! But, we were eating earlier in the evening, so we missed you by a good few hours. Gorgeous day, though, so I'm happy you came to our city then rather than some other day in what's been an unseasonably chilly June.
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    Yes, in Victoria we have a rather silly tradition of faux-Englishness. There's a neighborhood called Oak Bay that does scones and Tudorbethan exteriors to the max, and I myself live not too far from "Anne Hathaway's Thatched Cottage", recently rebranded as "Anne Hathaway's Conference Center". You can't make this stuff up, sometimes...
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    Hello Jamie! As always I hope you and your family are all doing well and are safe and happy. I have a busy week ahead of me, Royal Ascot is the 15th through the 19th. My mum and dad and I always look forward each year to going. It's always fun to see the hats the ladies wear my mum always trys to top herself each year. Then of course there are the horses which are my passion. I'll be in my top hat and tails I can look quite the gentleman when I want to lol. And it's always great fun to enter the royal enclosure and have HM The Queen standing just a few feet from you. I'm sorry I don't mean to rattle on but it's just so exciting! Best regards, Slane
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    Thank you, Jaime. I have to say you do important work--and perhaps that's part of why you so beautifully.
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    I just want to say how much I enjoy your wonderful reviews.
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    Hey Jaime, how are you? I just wanted to say hi and enjoy the last days of school for the semester. Well, at least the student interaction part. How's everything? The SA's at Saks, Neiman, and Barneys remembered us when Holland and I made a spur-of-the-moment run to SF. Thanks for introducing us to them.
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    Hi! I'm fan of your reviews. Your fragrance knowlegde is amazing!
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    I actually live here in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, because of Chinese laws, the choices for perfumes here is very limited. The Chinese government doesn't really allow all brands to enter China. So, I rely very much on the reviews of basenoters.
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French; former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
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Retired Language Instructor
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A Picture from the blue

by JaimeB on 25th March 2015 at 03:02 PM
A friend of mine was on a fight to Dubai recently and noticed one of the cabin crew was wearing a name tag with the same family name on it as mine. He took the man's picture and emailed it to me remarking on the strange coincidence. Of course, the flight attendant was from the same part of Spain, Galicia, as my parents, but it led me to think about some things I hadn't considered for a long time.

Here's what I wrote to the friend who emailed me that picture:

Thanks for

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Updated 25th March 2015 at 10:05 PM by JaimeB

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Packing scents for a trip (from a post to the Men's Fragrance board)

by JaimeB on 4th February 2015 at 03:48 PM
My history of packing fragrances to take on a trip has changed quite a bit over the years. Early on, I packed quite a variety. Once I went on a week-long cruise and packed a different day and evening scent for each day, and then threw in a couple more, in case I changed my mind.

Homeland Security and TSA regulations soon put an end to that kind of extravagance. For a while, I tried to pack more carefully. I made sure to put scents into checked luggage, still taking at least four or

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Updated 4th April 2015 at 02:52 PM by JaimeB

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November in Europe, Paris Part One

by JaimeB on 3rd February 2015 at 08:06 PM
When we returned from our trip to Europe toward the middle of November, all four of us were sick; it was some cold that was going around Italy that got all of us. We all got sick at different times, one of our traveling companions first, who later ended up with walking pneumonia, and I was the last, but our complete recovery took a couple of weeks. Of course, we’re all perfectly fine now.

The trip was glorious. We started with three days in Paris.

We arrived in Paris on

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Updated 5th February 2015 at 05:35 PM by JaimeB

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November in Europe, Paris Part Two

by JaimeB on 3rd February 2015 at 08:06 PM
Returning by the rue St-Jacques, we passed the Lycée Louis le Grand, the setting for Judith Rock’s historical mystery series set in the then-Jesuit seventeenth-century school. Rock's sleuth, Jesuit scholastic Charles du Luc, is one of my favorite literary detectives. Back through the Île de la Cité and along the Right Bank quays, we trudged the rest of the fifteen-and-a-half miles we had slogged that day. That evening, on our way back to the Place des Vosges for our dinner reservation at La Place

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Updated 12th February 2015 at 04:01 PM by JaimeB

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November in Europe, Rome

by JaimeB on 3rd February 2015 at 08:05 PM
Early the next morning with bags repacked we were on our way to Rome. The Lufthansa flight from Paris to Frankfurt was pleasant and polite; we were amply fed and cosseted, in good German fashion. In Frankfurt, we were to connect with two friends flying in from home and continue to Italy for the rest of our trip. Their plane was late, we were waiting for them in the wrong airport lounge, and we practically ran through the large, unfamiliar Frankfurt airport to catch up with them and find our gate,

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Updated 12th February 2015 at 04:24 PM by JaimeB

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