Friday, June 3, 2016

Flooding In Paris -- June 3, 2016

Link here:
Some are saying it’s the city’s worst flood in decades. François Duquesne, head of Vigicrues, the agency which monitors water levels in France, said: “The Seine is still rising but we are far from the 8.5 metres recorded in 1910.
We should see a rise to a peak of around 5.6 metres overnight.” The flooding started after heavy rain led the River Seine to rise above its “preliminary” alert level of 5 metres on Thursday (local time). The Seine floods the French capital on average once a century.
The last time it occurred was in 1910 when large areas of the capital were flooded for 45 days. Local weather forecasts suggest that the weather should improve over the weekend.
A Note for the Granddaughters

We were assigned overseas from 1983 to 1996. Paris was our second home, it seemed. We visited Paris so often, our two daughters finally put their collective feet down (all four of them) and said they didn't want to see Paris any more.

While overseas, our younger daughter -- starting at age six months -- and I began a Lego collection that is .... well ... pretty awesome.

Today, our younger daughter sent me this link on "ten most wildly expensive" Lego sets. We have two of them (and several more that did not make the top 10 but should have).  We would have had four, but I refused to get the Taj Mahal (my mistake?), and I really missed an opportunity of a lifetime when I did not buy the Star Wars Millenium Falcon, but I didn't want to start yet another collection.

Look at what these $199 sets now sell for on eBay or Amazon.

My personal favorite: the Maersk Line Container Ship.

From the “Wait, what?” department, LEGO has just re-released the 2004 set 10152 Maersk Sealand Container Ship as the 2011 set 10155 Maersk Container Ship.icon
The new version has two more pieces and the sticker/decal says “Maersk Line” instead of “Maersk Sealand,” but the set appears to be otherwise identical.
10155 Maersk Container Shipicon costs $120 (compare to the original at $75 seven years ago) and is available from the LEGO Shop online now.
By the way, for those who care, I hit my mid-life crisis on April 23, 2016, by starting a new collection in a completely new area, a completely new genre, as it were. No toys this time. Not cars. Not books. It will take 10 - 12 weeks for deliveries (note: plural) to begin. Once the deliveries begin, I will post some photos. 

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