Tuesday Miscellaneous: le 14 juillet

in Actifit6 months ago (edited)

I have no clue how to say in French whatever the colloquial equivalent of Happy Bastille Day might be. I really suck at French.

For all practical purposes, I’m all but monolingual. Fortuitously, in English, a handy language to know in today’s world. Yeah, I took four years of German in high school and can still fake my way through bits and pieces of it. I worked hard at Spanish independently once upon a time, and do sort of understand it in writing, although I’d quickly fail at any but the most basic conversations. I took one semester of Chinese in college and at least know enough to visually recognize the differences between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. I’ve dabbled in Russian and Portuguese.

But I suck at French. My pronunciation is dreadful.

So I can but wish the Francophones here a merry le 14 juillet.

Things did not go well for Bernard-René Jourdan de Launay that day, but at least Charles Dickens got some fodder for A Tale of Two Cities, a damn fine book that you really should read if you haven’t yet done so.

Mostly just running errands for my steps today. My wife’s retaining wall is about 70% done overall but my job of lifting blocks and gravel for it seems to be at an end.

When I was out shopping today, I saw a classic car that had been lovingly restored, in the parking lot of a grocery store. Took a few pics. Then the owner approached and told me it was a 1936 Chevrolet. I lamented that I was not very skilled with a manual transmission and he said that the restored Chevy “has a Corvette engine because I live on the hill and need the extra power.” I nodded sagely at his wisdom, having no idea about which “the” hill he might be talking about in this not-mountainous area.

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hahahahaha! I can see you nodding sagely! lol
Loved the book, will never forget Madame DuFarge.

Maybe 'the hill' is in his imagination and he likes to think he's going up it? It's a really nicely done restore. Good job with your 7486 @actifit steps for the day. Take care and have a good night!

Fantastic friend...😄😄

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