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not totally disconnected

Well, two trunks it was. My desktop PC, the one I'm usually blogging with is no more here. Only remains this laptop.

I never made the connection between the desktop PC being sometime off and still being able to surf the net, via wifi, with this one…

Having nothing to do, not wanting to open a book or watch the one DVD that did not go with all others in either trunk I just tried, reconnected the livebox/modem and … voilà!

I can be that blonde… it's frightening.


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Posted by on June 29, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

What to bring?

I'm not sure I'll ship two trunks actually. Once this PC is, unit, screen and speakers, in the box I'll be able to assess what free room remains.

DVDs come too. I'd like to bring all my books but books are so heavy and the trunks are so big. It'll be impossible to move if I take my whole collection.

I'd like to bring as many things as possible that'll remind me of home.

The unecessary item that is absolutely indispensible.

MS is taking over this place and rather concerned about getting her own PC rapidly connected.

Me too.

If this is not a sign of addiction I don't know what is…


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Posted by on June 29, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

I am so little, I so don't care about my place in this world

This afternoon we've been invited to the official opening of the extension on the 'heavy' aisle here at Saint Marcel. Anne Lauvergeons, Areva CEO, was there. At some point I was so close to her, during the cocktail, I could have shaken her hand. Strange mathematics where the top and the bottom of a pyramid get to be so close to one another…

Christine Largarde, foreign trade minister, was there too and made a speech also, after Anne's.

She belongs to the right wing so she and I couldn't possibly get along on many subjects but I must admit she has a lot of class and her coming to inaugurate the extension was a wise choise: she apparently made part of her career in Chicago. Some of our customers, from the US, were keen on getting to talk to someone from the government and obviously pleased she could have some conversation with them.

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Posted by on June 28, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

Mum

Looks like Mum is getting afraid of future phone bills so she finally managed to send me several e-mails yesterday asking me, each time, to answer each of them so as to know if the previous one went through *giggle*

She obviously does not master how to compose an e-mail from scratch with a title, my address then the text. She understood she still could get by by simply clicking on reply… I anticipate e-mails in which the original subject will be found at the extreme end of long chains of Re: Re: Re: Re… *giggle*

– Will you still receive my e-mails once up there? (My address is @ Yahoo.fr).
– Of course (what's the use of explaining what a webmail is and confusing her with technicalities; it works period).

She has a dial-up connection so I know she's connected whenever she writes her messages.

The day she'll understand she can write me longer messages off line, using text pad for instance, then copy/paste them will be something major.
I just don't know how to explain it whitout loosing patience. *giggle*

She and I function the same way after all. We don't have that much energy to waste so once we find a way to get things done, we stick to it and slowly progress from there.

It works, period.


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Posted by on June 28, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

not finished yet


45 minutes to go, less actually…


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Posted by on June 27, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

wrong tone darling

The agency that's going to manage my place while I'll be away called up this afternoon to know when I had planned to hand over the keys to the apartment.

Me: Friday, in the afternoon. Is 15:00, 16:00 Ok with you?
them: That means we will make a visit of it next Monday then.
Me: What about the person renting it? She won't be able to move in during the weekend. Can't you plan a visit on Saturday?
them: We don't work on Saturdays and finish at 17:00 on Fridays. Would it possible Friday in the morning?
Me: I have a visit for closing my electricity and gas accounts. It's scheduled between 10:00 and Noon, I cannot be more accurate.
them: What about 10:00 then?
Me: I don't want to be present. Can't it possible to squeeze in a visit in the afternoon?
them: the person in charge of visiting apartments is fully booked with 3.
Me: It's not a 10 storeys building you know and your agency is only round the corner. It cannot be that long to visit it.
Look I'm finding this conversation very unpleasant! It had been very clear from the beginning that the 30th was to be my last day, you decided to book up the whole afternoon leaving me no choice but the morning and I don't accept it.
them: I must discuss this with my colleague.
Me: Please!

them: It's Ok, it'll be at 17:00ish.
Me: Thank you.

I'm not the kind to show some teeth but the tone of that person really set me off. She sounded like it was I who had to bend my schedules and not them. She forgot something: I was not asking for a appointment with some celebrity doctor in Paris, she was asking me an appointment. I came to them, offering the business (granted a small one) and I am the one who found the person to rent the place (saving them the publicity). I think I am the client here.

Did I speak out of tone?


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Posted by on June 27, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

Football!!

Serious matters are starting to take place now. France vs Spain this evening in Stuttgart (or is it Frankfurt?). Anyway, it is somewhere in Germany; if I don't know for sure where the match is due to take place I'm pretty confident players do.

I'm counting on the spanish to let ours know where and when actually, our players have been so … pathetically null so far. France vs Togo: 2 / 0 great! At last! What a margin! We were not that far from being eliminated really.

And why oh why are old players from 1998 still playing? They're slowing down the game!!

Right now I bet you I know what teams will reach the final: Germany vs Brazil.


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Posted by on June 27, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

What is going on?

It is kind of weird what is happening really. Everything seemed to have accelerated tremendously lately (over a period of 2 years actually).

Incidently, one of the two bloggers at Libération is going back home, after several years in the States (New York). I can read between the lines how deeply attached he's become, after six years, with people he met there.

It seems that one cannot like or not like the US a little. It's either hatred (seldom) or love (mostly), passionately either way.

That journalist has kids, rather young, who must speak perfectly both languages. I do hope they'll adapt well to our system.

I was 20 when I spent a whole year in England. Plymouth in the Devon is only, what, the english channel width away from my home but it might as well been on the Moon.

After 8 years of studying english I could read the Times but definitely did not understand what some guy said to me at the customs.

Past that… problem everything I knew from back home had a different meaning there. No more 'we are right the rest of the World is wrong' It became 'we, both, are … right … in a different way': We drive on different sides of the road, our adjectives come after the word they define, a car is feminine, so is a house,…

I grew up that year, way more and faster than I ever had over any year.

Will Finland seduce me the way England did?

The morron I bought this place from had indeed emptied the little attic I intend to use to store the stuff I don't want to bring along. I started moving things up there. I'll finish that chore tomorrow, hopefully.

I'm going to Besançon for the weekend; will take the train to Roissy, uber early Monday morning, from there.
A and D will be away next Saturday evening but I'll get to see them nonetheless. T too ^_^ That silly jerk. He'll be working at Mâcon, only 40 miles South of Chalon. since I'm due to rent a car for my trip to Besançon instead of stupidly lugging my bagages on the train, I might as well pick him up from the railway station. We'll have to work out our conflicting schedules though…

I think I'm in the right mood to watch Sunday, bloody Sunday. There are times for every movie, and this one is so specific I just didn't feel like unwrapping the DVD (part of the lot I bought in SF) until today.

My ficus is not dead. All old leaves went down and new ones are replacing them surprisingly fast. The sun, rather… generous these past days, is helping a lot.

I have tons of reasons to be glad.


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Posted by on June 26, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

I love Youtube

I must admit I like Pop.

Came across an acoustic version of … by the …. boys.

Didn't know Trace Bundy before. Takes a certain courage to perform a song many may consider too popular and beneath themselves.


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Posted by on June 25, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

phone bills

Received my bill for this (almost) past month using the cellular: I jumped from a monthly average of 35-40€ to … 156€

13 calls redirected for a total of 19mn = 8.76€
28 text messages = 3.03€
96 calls from the US over 1h21mn = 84.06€

Plus the 31.35€ monthly fee (an amount I never paid since I always seem to make calls that are not included in the fee…).

Add to this 19.6% in tax and there you are = 156.20€

Mum will definitely need to learn, fast, how to make phone calls via Skype otherwise she'll learn the hard way how to avoid calling me up like she does every weekend.


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Posted by on June 25, 2006 in Uncategorized