14 entries from srah blah blah tagged with '2':


'Ze fast and ze furious!'

Now that I'm sober, I can tell you about last night's meal in more detail, without the danger that reviewing it bloggily would cause me to review it vomitally. Becky and I went to the nice restaurant in town, sort of on a whim, after discussing how much we both like food. Becky told me that although she'd never been there, she'd heard that they don't like Americans, so we had to be on our best behavior and I had to do all of the talking because we'd have to speak French. We went in and asked for a table...

srah - Friday, 25 June 2004 - 4:05 AM
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She certainly can can-can

Robin has somehow found herself pet-sitting a total of five dogs and nine cats this week and I often get dragged along. I'm afraid of two of the dogs in one of the houses, so she relegates me to the basement with the other one and Max and I watch the International Channel. Last night the coverage was subtitled French news. I was aware that there had been a heat wave in France and that people had been suffering and even dying, but I hadn't realized how serious it was. According to what I was watching, the estimations are that...

srah - Friday, 22 August 2003 - 2:16 PM
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Pay no attention to that girl behind the weblog

Upon further reflection, maybe I'm just hitting my normal post-France mal du pays a bit late and being overdramatic....

srah - Thursday, 10 July 2003 - 4:07 PM
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I love hPaaahriss

Becky called me to the TV because Audrey Tautou was on The View, hawking Dirty Pretty Things. I would be frightened out of my mind to go on a French talk show, surrounded by people whipping questions at me, but she did quite well. I suppose they prepared her before the show, with the questions that were going to be asked. I love the way French people pronounce Paris when they are speaking English. The P isn't as explosive as ours - it's closer to our B. Then there's a soft ahhh instead of our ayyyyy, and a short ee...

srah - Wednesday, 9 July 2003 - 12:05 PM
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Le tabagisme

Seven years ago, when I went to France for the first time, I remember being concerned about the French people's smoking habits. Since my grandpa quit, I didn't know anyone who smoked and I found it a disgusting, repulsive thing to do. I was filled with disdain for smokers and swore I would never be friends with anyone who did such a thing. I remember being scared that I would be peer-pressured to try it (having never been peer pressured into anything by my very geeky and well-behaved American friends) or that people would (gasp!) smoke around me. And smoke...

srah - Friday, 6 June 2003 - 2:00 PM
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More complaints about transportation

It amuses me, in a frustratedly amusèd way, that I can make the trip from Grenoble to Brussels in about the same amount of time it takes to get from Grenoble to Vichy. It all has something to do with the relief of the Massif Central, says the SNCF. Excuses, excuses... all I know is I'm lucky to be in Vichy rather than Aurillac, which is six hours from Paris......

srah - Sunday, 27 April 2003 - 10:27 AM
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Foutez-moi la paix!

It's a shame that young people today living in apartments can't have a little party without the cranky neighbors getting upset and writing angry diatribes about the little fuckers in their blogs. Go to sleep, dammit, and stop leaving the door to my apartment building wide open in the middle of the night. This is what happens when you let young people rent apartments. Damned rabble. Go home....

srah - Friday, 11 April 2003 - 5:23 PM
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Coolness on the decline, if there was any to start with

I am such a nerd that I can't tell people in real-life, so I will have to record it here. Now that I've recorded all of the départements I've visited, I am trying to memorize all 96 of the French départements by number. I am up to 15: Ain, Aisne, Allier, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Haute-Alpes, Alpes-Maritime, Ardèche, Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aude, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Calvados, Cantal. Boo-yeah!...

srah - Thursday, 16 January 2003 - 10:54 AM
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Geography freak

All of a sudden today, I became obsessed with finding out how many of the départements of France I have been to. I have written down all of the places I remember visiting during my five trips to the country and counted things up. Not counting the départements I crossed on the way to somewhere else, I believe I have been to 29 of the 96 in France Metropolitaine (i.e. The Hexagon, not including Martinique, Guyana, and the other Départements d'Outre-Mer). Of the 22 regions, I calculate that I have been to 16. Not too bad! I bet there are...

srah - Saturday, 11 January 2003 - 10:13 AM
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La femme du Puy de Dôme

We lolled around in bed all morning, when we had intended to be on the road by 9 at the latest. We were up dancing until 4am, so I suppose it's understandable. There was also the fact that il a fait un temps pourri, so we were very comfortable in the warmth and dryness of Claude's apartment. Finally we got our rears in gear and headed off for the village of Tournemire. Tournemire is labelled as one of the most beautiful villages in France and it is easy to see why, with the stone houses and their slate roofs -...

srah - Monday, 16 December 2002 - 3:51 AM
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The Anti-Social

The only response so far to my request for inspiration comes from Jez, who very sensitively would like to know why I don't have any friends. Okay, okay, that's not exactly what he suggested. I am to write on the inaccessibility of the French. Part of the problem here, I will admit, is the inaccessibility of the srah. Srah, being someone rather uninterested in sports or music, does not have many ways to reach out to the French. She can't think of any clubs she'd like to join, as her interests lie in more solitary pursuits such as reading and...

srah - Sunday, 1 December 2002 - 12:53 PM
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A pause would be refreshing

Nothing hits the spot after a 25km walk on Sunday afternoon like a week-long bus strike beginning Monday morning. Ah, la France! Of course, I didn't know there was a bus strike until I had run to school, loaded down with photo albums, thinking I had missed the bus. Blargh. My feet will never recover....

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 3:40 AM
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I went to get my picture taken

I went to get my picture taken for my assistantship application. Those crazy Frenchies, needing photos on their applications. I was an hour early because I got out of my CS lab early. I said, "I have a 12:00 appointment, but I'm early. Could you fit me in anytime soon?" Considering there was no one else there, it was pretty likely. The woman took me into the photo-room, sat me down, and took my picture. I'm not sure she would have waited for me to take off my coat if I hadn't been standing up out of camera range when...

srah - Monday, 14 January 2002 - 1:33 PM
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J'ai trop envie de parler français

J'ai trop envie de parler français ce soir, parce que je viens de chercher sur Internet des sons de "Tout le monde en parle". Je les ai trouvés, mais je ne peux pas les piquer parce qu'ils sont en Flash et je ne sais pas les séparer des images. Bah. Comme je suis déçue - je voulais vraiment que mon ordi me dise "Magneto, Serge" chaque fois que je l'allume. Donc alors, j'ai envie de parler français, mais il n'y a personne ici. En fait, j'ai envie d'être en France et de regarder "Tout le monde en parle". Thierry Ardisson...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2001 - 1:10 AM
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