I found out later that both events of that night—The Birthday Party and the Eiffel Tower on Bling—were anniversary celebrations. The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter’s first full-length play, debuted in 1959. The Eiffel Tower, which was supposed to be temporary, was unveiled 120 years ago. Neither of these things . . . went away.

I don’t know what to say, except that I am honored to have been present on this monumental occasion. I am in fact grateful to whoever organized this outing, because let’s face it, I would never have dreamed of one iota of this agenda myself, and it is important to do unexpected stuff, so that you do not develop some kind of ultra-snob Alzheimer’s, n’est-ce pas.