Friday, July 21
Little sailboats can be rented at the Tuileries. That’s the Louvre in the background. That is where Dan and Mary are today, I think.
A view of the
The white mime
Well, it turns out that what Lance said on the ESPY show was just one of many ridiculous things he said in what was supposed to be a comedy monologue. The French news media took the one sentence about the French soccer players completely out of context. Lance has implied that the French news media have no sense of humor and could not appreciate the context.
Of course, Tom and I are always trying to learn new words in French so that our monologues won’t be so monotonous. The other day, my new word was “amiante.”
I read the entire news story about a problem of “amiante,” thinking that surely I could figure out its meaning from the context. But the context just left me confused.
According to the French/English dictionary, “amiante” (noun, masculine) is asbestos.
Here’s the news story, from Le Parisien, July 14:
Ten years ago,
President Chirac promised that the asbestos would be removed from the campus
at Jussieu (on the outskirts of
More news items:
floating swimming pool that I told you about earlier (in the
needs support. This new pedestrian
bridge over the
Speaking of excuses, here are my excuses for not writing in the journal for so many days:
1. It has been too hot.
2. Tom and I are too busy watching the Tour de France in the afternoons.
3. The hot water heater broke and we had to get the old Iranian plumber down the street to fix it. (He only agreed to come after he questioned us about our political affiliations. He was very satisfied with our answers, and he called President Bush a “catastrophe.”)
4. Yesterday, the Noos cable service (for TV and internet) was off all day long. Fortunately, one can still watch the Tour on French national TV with just a TV antenna. Yesterday was the most exciting day of the Tour. Floyd Landis made a spectacular comeback.
5. We spend every evening out at dinner with Dan and Mary (le diner en famille, c’est très important).
6. Maybe I’m getting lazy.
The restaurant where we are going to meet friends tonight, Le Tire Bouchon, is now entirely non-smoking!