06 January 2018

Looking forward, I can see that this is going to be a busy year. Starting tomorrow when I'll be joining La Traversee de Paris on the Honda. In March I'll be taking a 3 week overland trip through Uganda and Kenya. Of course the business travel merry-go-round starts again this week and it appears that I'll be on the road at least 2 weeks a month for as long as I can project. While it won't be this year, I hope in 2019 to participate in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles but I need to prepare for the event and that is a time commitment.

There are also a couple of life changing decisions that I'm facing. My house in the village is one street off the harbor, with only a single building between the house and the water. In late November, the owner of that property informed me of his intent to sell and offered me first refusal. Since I've owned my property the adjacent building has been mostly under utilized. For a couple of years it was a seasonally operated kayak and bike rental, but mostly it has been storage. But my little village is changing, the number of summer homes and visitors has increased dramatically and it has been mentioned that this building would make a great restaurant space. From my point of view, that would be the last thing I'd want in the building

If I purchased the property I could merge it into my house, but that would ruin the cozy little hovel that I love. Or perhaps I can carve out a room on the second floor of the property to give me an office or sitting room with a water view. Anyway, I've decided to buy the building, at least I can decide how it will be used.

Sitting on my desk, undated and unsigned is the paperwork for renouncing my US citizenship, I've been agonizing over this for 6 months. While Le Pen wanted to force dual citizens of France to choose one country or the other, the US makes it extremely difficult to live in another country while not having a primary residence in the US. When Kim & Co owned the business in NYC, I used that address for a number for banking and tax purposes, that shielded me from the issues that many ex-pats face. Of course the business has been sold and the hassles have caught up with me. But it is a hard decision.

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of my first blog post at Easy Kimmie, a Girl in Transition.

Hi, I guess I'm the new girl. My therapist suggested that I keep a journal and that it would be healthy for me to talk about the stuff that has happened in my life. But then I might not have any friends. 
A bit about me. I'm 22, an American and I've recently moved to Paris. Career wise my goals are in arts administration/marketing but since I rely on the kimmie in chaos model of life planning, who knows?
I have a job, yeah, but I really need another since the primary doesn't pay enough. For a while I was also tending bar but the place closed over the holidays. Something to do with a squabble with the silent partner. I live with 3 girls in a 3 room flat in a kinda seedy neighborhood. But the building is OK.
In the few months I've been here I've met a small group of girls that are becoming my friends. None are native Parisian, though two come from other parts of France. With my father and his new wife the only people I knew here when I arrived it was important to me to meets some folks. I feel lucky.

This being the anniversary of the start and after 1317 posts, it is appropriate that it be the date of my good-by. The blog that was once integral to my life has long ago become an after thought. Having gone from I can't wait to post, to I really should post something it has been a month... But I resisted closing the blog, a combination in inertia and hoping that I could recapture the excitement. That hasn't happened and it is past time.

So to all you who were regulars EB, we'll stay in touch, Jean, M, Raymi, Isa, John, Tiffany, Jo, Rene (Heroin Girl), Tui (I hope you are all right), Kevin, Pete from Cali, Jo and others. To my fellow soiled doves, Victoria Thom, Inga, Eva/Jane, Gillette, Chloe, Audacia, Melissa, Olivia, Julie, Olympia, I hope you have moved on to successful and fulfilling lives. And to the memory of a pair who I believe have departed VJ and Iowa.

I'll probably add a few names as I think of them to the previous paragraph and may even announce a major life event in the future. I'll also continue to mindlessly post media at Mercurial Girl on Tumblr and periodically check the email address in the sidebar. For now though it is thank you and good-by.

Kimberly Anne


Anonymous Anonymous said...

emailed you! xox eb

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to think the "Isa" you mention is me, though it's not, as I've been reading you for so so long and will miss your posts and the mark that you are out there! Bestest to you, Isa

1:12 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Isa from Singapore?

4:09 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog over the years. Even though posts have waned, I still liked checking in now and again. All the best to you. x

7:33 PM  
Blogger J said...

Though inevitable, it is nonetheless very sad to have you leaving. I have always been a big Kim fan. Though my commenting had become more and more sporadic, I am a big fan of your adventures, your thinking, and your life. Adieu my lovely. Fare thee well!


3:44 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thank you Jean & Shelley

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

out of the blue, I thought of your blog today after a long long hiatus from being a soiled dove. Indeed I have moved on, but still think about the clandestine encounters. It’s been a journey (and what a journey!) and I’m happy to have shared a glimpse with you.

All the best,
(Formerly) Victoria T. Xoxo

10:55 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Victoria, good to hear from you. Please email me at mcgirl_paris at yahoo.com

11:04 AM  

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