Journey to France (#2: L’hôtel and La Défense)

[The story thus far: our heroes have acquired a rental car, perhaps the largest car in all of France, and have somehow packed themselves and their luggage into it.] With Ron driving, we barreled along, shouting directions and cautions to one another (and seriously, we had to speak quite forcefully in order for our voices […]

Journey to France (#1: PRELUDE and THE TRIP OUT)

PRELUDE About a year ago, the company that I work for, Xylan Corporation (relatively small at 1,500 people or so) was bought out by Alcatel, a hundread-year-old French telephone equipment maker. It’s been a wonderful buyout experience so far, and one nice thing about it is that other groups at Alcatel have been interested in […]