Saturday, November 24, 2007
Although I'm often in Rodez around dawn, I'm usually rushing across the Bourran viaduct to get to work after dropping my daughter off at her high school.
A surprising number of cars were out and about, perhaps because at least three buses were scooping up passengers for outings, including my daughter's to see an opera in Toulouse.
Only two businesses had opened their doors: one of the town's larger bakeries and a tobacco/press stand.
Not a single café was serving yet -- of course how many Ruthénois really want to be seen in public at 6:45 am on a Sunday morning?
The city was timidly opening an eye; some say it never entirely wakes up on Sunday. Perhaps it deserves a day of rest.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I've been having some interesting comment exchanges with My Inner French Girl, and she has tagged me for the much-circulated "Ten Random Things About Myself" meme. I generally don't post much personal material on La France Profonde, but the timing of this meme will also allow me to give you a better look at my new winter thumbnail!
1. I'm not a very random person. That's why I immediately organized this list around three main themes: French stuff, food stuff and really random stuff.
2. My first trip to France was to do a semester overseas in Tours. We got a two-week break in November. Most of my friends took off to sunny climates, but I found one taker to go to Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
3. The worst mistake I've ever made in French was to announce that I had cooked something "à poil" instead of "à la poêle." No translation will be provided!
4. After driving for 14 years in the USA with a perfect record, I failed the driving part of my first French driving test...but passed the written.
5. I was the very first person at my current workplace to "brownbag" it for lunch, and I took some flak for it. Now many of my colleagues, both French and anglophone, eat lunch at work. The times they are a changing...even in La France Profonde.
6. I know how to make confit de canard and terrine de foie gras, but don't know how to put them up. They're awfully good "fresh" anyway.
7. The only drinks I truly enjoy are water, coffee, wine and beer.
8. I used to be a college radio DJ at KZSU. This means I had some type of radio license and actually knew how to turn on and shut down a whole radio station.
9. My husband, two daughters and I have all of our birthdays in a two-week period in June. Mine is last, so it usually goes by the wayside.
10. I have gone by a nickname all of my life because my parents made the conscious decision to "officially" give me a regal name but "call me" Betty. It has held. And by the way, in France it's my "Saint's Name Day," or however you translate that. So since I know not much will happen on my birthday, maybe someone will remember ma fête!
Now for the fun part: tagging. It wasn't really clear how many bloggers to tag, so I'm going to go with three...and will be surprised if any of them come up with a list:
The Empathic Rationalist to see if he can blog about something other than politics and philosophy.
Paul from Jeannot's Weblog, in the hopes he won't write a list in computer programming language.
Brandon and Jessica Haskell, ESL teachers in South Korea, whom I found in a totally random way -- you see I can be random if I want to. I opened up Blogger and watched the "recent posts" float by, clicking on everything that looked potentially interesting. It took me 13 minutes to find an appropriate candidate. There is a lot of junk out there!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
And no, I'm not British -- but I know a lot of my readers are.
Since the original post, I've learned from the very knowledgeable My Inner French Girl that the article is an extract from a book that has actually been written by a fake "translator" -- British herself (read the comment below.)
I suppose that makes it a little funnier -- I know the British love biting humor/humour.
What do you think?