Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The President's coming

Not the soon to be lame duck, the other one, the French one. He's coming to Laval this evening. How do I know? By keeping myself well-informed? Yeah, right. Reading the newspaper? Nope, can't find a good one. Watching the news? Nope, my television is dead. Seriously. So broken it's officially dead. I'm thrilled. The boys are beyond despondent. News on the internet? Nope, I use my computer time for much more frivolous things.

I know because mon quartier est bouclé. My neighborhood is nearly sealed off and it's overrun with stern looking CRS guys.

Don't ask me what he's doing here, I have no idea (see above paragraph).

I'll tell you tomorrow if I hear about it in a café. That's my real method of staying informed.

8 comments:

beth said...

You live in an exciting little town - the last time my street was sealed off was because they were repaving it. No newspaper, tv or internet new. . .how do you keep up on the news?

Julie said...

You sound like me, i gave up current events for Lent (last year) but now living with Barbara and Scott I am watching the Democratic convention. Love Michelle Obama.

Call me!!!!
Julie

kingba said...

was in Laval (why there?)to deliver a speech on a 1%tax on investments and real estate property for the benefit of those in need of economic help (the poor, in short). We won't see that in the US for another generation if ever. Well all be dead before the US ever steps up to really helping its poor by getting to the rich (or the "haves" at large). Get cancer, a major car accident, or really destitute and you can croak in the street here (although your family, if you have one, and they are not completely retarded or broke themselves, will feel some obligation to help). We might have liberty, we aren't there yet on equality, and forget about fraternity (exc. for rich college kids, but it's .."not exactly" the same reality!!!!)
Now the French aren't perfect either, but they seem to be a little bit less imperfect than we are for things like this...
Enjoy the return to normalcy in your quarters... It was for a good cause (even the French left had to acknowledge it... as emmerde's as they are that Sarkozy did this before they got their act together...)
take care of yourself and remember that you are in a country where there is a safety net. Here we're on our own...

beth said...

Even though I am not a democrat - I really thought you would be watching the democratic convention. I think my husband and I need to quit talking politics in our house because my 4 year old wants to invite Mit Romney to her 5th birthday party. Our lesson learned is that the little ones are listening even when you think they're not!

Nicole said...

Beth - I don't anymore. Sometimes I read financial news at the economist.com and that's it.

Julie - As soon as you get a land line I'll call you all the time!

Kingba - And of course, the CGT was out in force today to protest.

Beth - No time, it's not broadcast on tv here obviously so I'd have to watch it on the computer and I'd much rather spend what little down time I have watching something like Scrubs.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

So did he come??

beth said...

Well, did the president arrive?

Nicole said...

Beth and Sally - he came and spoke and was apparently very interesting, according to the people I know who went.