All posts by Fred Sampson

Un autre milestone

First experience with a French doctor. Needed to get my assorted prescriptions converted to European equivalents before I run out of the 3-month supply I arrived with. We agreed to work through my limited French and his (less) limited English, and came out the other side with a list the pharmacy can deal with.

Out-of-pocket cost: 25€

Oh, and I’ve lost a kilo or so.

Media notes

“The Good Place” runs on Netflix here without any delay. Happy to see it’s renewed for S4. And “Dix pour cent” (“10%”), which appears on Netflix U.S. as “Call My Agent,” just finished S3 on France 2 . . . which will run on Netflix next week. Which means I can get the English subtitles and perhaps understand wtf happened with the American jerks.

What I miss: “Speechless.”

What I almost miss: College football. But not enough to pay for it. Not missing NFL at all.

Fun surprise: “Mrs. Maisel” S2 E1, in which Rose moves to Paris (!), and has a dog named Simone. And Midge gets her break on a Paris cabaret stage with a little (a lot) of help from a French-speaking American woman who recommends Sylvia Plath’s shrink. No, not binging.

Dropping Amazon.com Prime next week in favor of Amazon.fr Prime. Somewhat less available content at less than half the price.

 

Observations, deux

So — alors ! — if one as a newcomer to France prepared by reading a few books and following a few blogs, one might learn that, for instance, neighbors and other acquaintances may take a long time before inviting you into their homes; that conversation will rarely be personal; that one must tread carefully on the field of vous vs. tu, to the extent of erring on the vous side until explicitly invited to “tutoyer” the other.

I won’t go into details lest dear reader blame me for an embarrassing experience, but yes, my experience is different.

As in all things, it seems, YMMV.

Milestone achieved

It’s finally happened. . . today I started making just as many mistakes on my iPad QWERTY keyboard as I’m making on my iMac AZERTY keyboard ! Retraining muscle memory is hard, but it can be done.

Sorry, Maryon, I’m not ready to tackle the BEPO keyboard just yet. . . I had a Kinesis keyboard for awhile, but found switching back and forth impeded productivity too much. Now productivity doesn’t count as much. But one keyboard at a time for men, thanks !

La vie est belle, deuxième partie

Clear crisp day after overcast and rain = a bit on the chilly side (il fait froid !) at the marché paysan; but, I encountered there a poète public who will write a poem based on your choice of theme. I said “la vie est belle,” and here is the result:

poem
“La vie est belle” par Mathieu Gabard, poète public

I gave him 5€. I’ll let you know when I have it translated.

Star Wars in concert

Well that was fun. A walk through all of the major themes in John Williams’ scores for the Star Wars movies, including some that I didn’t recognize. The choir was used exceptionally well and was quite effective. The light show was also well-done, I was only blinded once or twice.

Here’s the program:

Star Wars concert program