I wonder what people are more interested in: Rummy's resignation or Britney's divorce?
Today it will be 82 degrees F (28 degrees C). It felt like fall for awhile, and now it's back to summer. Grr.
Yesterday I went with a friend to lunch at the Cox Creative Center where we shared turkey sandwiches and I had a "swan salad with pretty dressing." All very good, and a really lovely, friendly atmosphere - we were surrounded by books! We stopped at the library first and I picked up the copy of Hillary Clinton's biography I had reserved. I immediately looked at the Arkansas chapters and I was surprised to learn that HRC enjoyed her life in Fayetteville more than in Little Rock.
Then last night I attended the monthly French Club potluck. I learned that most of the French families in Little Rock are associated with Dassault Falcon company which makes jets. I was told that many families actually decide to stay on in Little Rock after their contracts expire because of the quality of life here. Most of the guests were Americans who studied French and people were very conversant. I asked why there was an Alliance Francaise in all the surrounding states but not in Arkansas, and I was told that the French Club had discussed formalizing their group but decided it was too much trouble to collect dues, etc. Everyone was very genial and now I have people to ask for French-language resources. I was really worried about losing my ability to get on in French.
I really might turn into my mother if I join the proposed Mahjong Club but what the heck - I'm open to meeting people.
I have always followed politics really closely - and the recent election and its repercussions ever more so.
BUT right now, with my daughter yelling her lungs out in the background (coz she doesn't want to nap) I have to say, it's easier to read about Britney. Now that really doesn't require any brain power what so ever!
Regarding French, I have this love/hate relationship with the language. Right now, the hate part is winning out. That's due to the fact that I have to take lessons to polish my French... yeah, I live in Montreal, Quebec so French is a must...
One more reason why I am praying that we get posted to London instead of Luxemburg. If it's Luxemburg - I am just so screwed! They are not even bi-lingual there. It's only French *whimpers*
I studied French at Univ. of Montreal. I enjoyed living in Montreal but it was kind of a tricky place to learn French as the minute someone heard my accent they'd switch to English. I should've gone for the full immersion in Chicitoumi! I can understand French fatigue for sure. Where I've lived in Africa it was compounded by the fact that for everyone I dealt with French was their second language too.
O yay - some one else who lives/has lived in Montreal. Forgive me for my rudeness, but I gave been dying to ask a neutral person this very loaded Q....
Do you think that a lot of people in Montreal are generally very racist? I have never ever experienced racism ever... (Race wise, I am half Indian and half Nepalese) when I faced it here for the first time, I was baffled... Did u go thru any thing like that when you were here?
I was only there for a couple of months and I don't recall any incidents (I'm Filipina) but I wouldn't be surprised, actually. My sense is that Quebeckers have a very tribal mentality when it comes to national identity so I'm not surprised that some people would be overtly racist. I'm sorry you had this experience!
Unfortunately, it wasn't just one random experience - both R and I have had a couple of them. All put together, I can't wait to leave Montreal. I will be taking some very unpleasant memories with me as well...
Thanks for answering me though. This did help me answer a couple of Q's that I had.