You know your country's gone soft when a French guy kicks some American asses at bowling.
When September is over, Jean-Phillipe Devillers, a French business student, will have crossed 33 state lines, stayed with 37 different families, and driven more than 11,800 miles by car -- all in the name of exploration, business, and, apparently, mocking the bowling skills of Americans.
Earlier this year, the 25-year-old Devillers posted an ad on Craigslist
, seeking families to host him during an 80-day tour around the States. In exchange, families who hosted him would get the chance to stay in Jean-Phillipe’s (or JP, as his friends call him) beach-side Parisian mansion. For free. As a bonus, wives who stumbled on his ad discovered a new and exciting way to make their husbands sweat bullets for a weekend. Oh, honey, just a head’s up that a handsome young Frenchman’s going to be staying with us for a few nights …
Devillers finally arrived in Cleveland last week, and spent the weekend here. “I did not really know so many things about Cleveland [before coming],” he says. “I heard it looks like Chicago but is a little less impressive than Chicago, but the people are very nice.”
As any good Ohio host would, Devillers’ host family got him good and drunk on cheap beer. They also went bowling, which apparently is not a sport known in France. Devillers had never played before. He won anyway. As it turns out, “gloating” is also not a sentiment known to the French. “I was so sorry because I won,” he says, apologetically. “I didn’t mean to.”
(Editor's note: C-Notes encourages his hosts to indeed travel to France, and thinks perhaps they should just stay there. Seriously? A French guy? In bowling?).
Follow Devillers tour on his website, www.usin80days.com
. -- Rebecca Meiser