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Near Death in Chartres
Whoa! Now that was just an apocalyptic day altogether!
By: The Bug on November 8, 2013
Happy birthday! That's a lot more disappointing than when I went to Portland, ME to a lighthouse only to find the whole thing wrapped up in tarps and scaffolding for remodeling. Good reasons never to go to France, as if I needed any besides that it's France.
By: PT Dilloway on November 8, 2013
Headline, "Overweight American Tourist Causes Sinkhole!"
By: Cranky on November 8, 2013
Eep. That sounds awful. I'm glad you didn't get buried alive.
By: Michael Offutt on November 8, 2013
Happy birthday! My goodness- sinkhole, lightning strikes- I hope your birthday is a little more on the sedate side.
By: Shelly on November 8, 2013
Everything is always closed in France. Boy did I hate our trip to Paris. Happy birthday to you!!
By: LL Cool Joe on November 8, 2013
UGH!!!!! and happy, happy birthday!!!!
By: TexWisGirl on November 8, 2013
At first I thought this might be a story of romance and lust in the city of love. You enjoy living life on the edge, don't ya!
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 8, 2013
holy mackrel! That is an amazing story...wow. Now- good old France...we've been there many times- my favorite city is Paris- even with all the strikes we've endured there is something that pulls us back. Haven't been there tho since the Euro showed up. Most importantly - Happy Birthday and wishes for man more! Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on November 8, 2013
That was unbelievable--HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Stephen!!
By: fishducky on November 8, 2013
Many happy returns of the day! It's great to have you around, that was a close one.
By: mimi on November 8, 2013
Wow. That sounds surreal, like a nightmare. Or maybe a profound reminder of your fortune and blessings. Happy Birthday! xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on November 8, 2013
Well, happy birthday! That's a fantastic story!
By: red on November 8, 2013
Happy Birthday! That would not have been a fun way to meet your Maker. When I have to go, I hope I'm in England. That will mean I finally got there. Just don't take me, Lord, until I've wandered the moors like the Bronte sisters. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 8, 2013
Wow...your heart must have beaten in your throat for quite a while at the realization that you narrowly escaped death! Happy birthday to you!
By: Pixel Peeper on November 8, 2013
You're scaring me! Fruits and vegetables! Happy Birthday, and stay away from the French produce.
By: Val on November 8, 2013
Incredible story. Not a happy a day, but the near miss gave you a great memory to share. Chartres figures prominently in my first book, but no sink hole. BTW Happy Birthday.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 8, 2013
Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you're still around to celebrate it - that was one seriously close call. Whew! :O
By: Lexa Cain on November 9, 2013
What an incredible story! I can't imagine....! but I can wish you a Happy Birthday! :) S
By: Scott Cody Park on November 9, 2013
As usual, Stephen exceptionally well written and a fine story. Happy Birthday!
By: Michael Manning on November 9, 2013
OH NO..I am a day late...Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!! Wow..that is something about the sinkhole. Someone must be watching over you and Mrs. C. There are a lot of things that can go wrong on any given day but moving from a spot only to see it sink into the earth is beyond strange.
By: Cheryl P. on November 9, 2013
Yikes - that gave me goosebumps just reading about it. I can only imagine how scary that would be. Glad you two were unscathed. Happy Birthday, and many more. MANY more!
By: jenny_o on November 9, 2013
Happy Birthday mate, and I'm so glad you're still here to celebrate it. Thank goodness you moved out of the way when you did. You must have been so shocked to see that gaping hole. It's just amazing how one decision to go visit a place, nearly took both your lives. Well, hope you have another 60 plus years on this earth, just avoid those holes mate.
By: Rum Punch Drunk on November 9, 2013
Ye gods, that is some story! Absolutely terrifying, and astonishing. And you told it really well. I was expecting that you'd get struck by lightning. Paris on strike, eh? Well, what a surprise. Almost every time I go there's a strike. I'm surprised they haven't managed to do anything about it in all these years.
By: Jenny Woolf on November 10, 2013
omg, a close call indeed. i have chills. you tell a great story Stephen
By: Fran on November 10, 2013
Damn.....now that's what I call a really big close call moment. Oh thank goodness everyone can say "Happy, happy Birthday Day to you Stephen". I was gonna complain about my miserable weekend trip but after reading of your adventure.....nevermind.
By: Oma Linda on November 10, 2013
Your thrilling story reinforces two things I have always believed: 1. Life is fragile 2. The French are militant.
By: Bryan Jones on November 10, 2013
Happy Birthday, a bit late. Love this story, and that you survived to tell it.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on November 10, 2013
I feel really awful right not, all I can think about is. I wish you had taken some pictures! Like I said, awful :(
By: Magaly Guerrero on November 10, 2013
Oma linda sent me. Belated Happy Birthday. What an amazing anniversary and one to remember. A cathedral light show, watching racing French clouds, and then being spared premature burial. Wow.
By: Akansas Patti on November 11, 2013
Firstly belated happy birthday. And what a story, we probably dance with near death experiences more than we know............
By: John on November 12, 2013
You know how to give a person chills and not in the good way! That must have haunted you for a long time. Wishing you a belated happy birthday.. and many, many more.
By: Hilary on November 15, 2013
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