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The Journal of a slightly depraved Mef
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1st-May-2008 10:24 am
disconcert myself
It is strange being home again. It's a bit like being forced into clothes that don't quite fit any more. I don't think I was quite ready to come back. I said a very sniffly goodbye to my room in Paris, the cat who used to shed all over my bed, the lady at the cafe nearby who gave me cheap sandwiches, and various other friends and trailed back home yesterday.

Things began to look up on the way back home, since I was wedged into a tiny seat next to a very interesting person who offered, quite sincerely, to tell me The Funniest Joke In The World. I think it's best to say that it involved muffins and a terrible punchline, and leave it at that.

Anna and I managed to get on well in the end, despite the fact that we have utterly opposing viewpoints on not just diet but religion, lifestyle and politics and books. I have other friends who disagree with me on the first four subjects, but I've never before had a friend who actively disliked reading. From what she said I'm guessing it was a learning experience all round.

We went through a real-life equivalent of Harry Potter troll-in-the-loos-experience, in the form of one of Marie-Christine's dinners, which was an experience you can't survive without becoming friends. (This isn't to say that Marie-Christine wasn't a lovely person and an excellent cook, because she was. Just very hot on her napkins.)

We wandered up to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur together one day and discovered that we got on very well if we only allowed ourselves small doses of conversation about relgion, politics, lifestyle choices, and especially books. This proved easier than I had expected, but it took us a while to get the hang of it.

Anna: What's that I saw you reading yesterday evening?
Ro: Ah, you wouldn't be interested.
Anna: Oh, okay then. Wha-
Ro: Well, if you insist. It's about a man who is sent as an envoy to another planet where all the people have no fixed gender most of the time. He gets caught up in the political currents of two nations who refuse to believe that he's telling the truth about the greater interplanatery organisation he comes from. It explores gender roles, cultural differences and is put together beautifully.
Anna:...I see.
Ro: What's your favourite kind of cheese?

Parisian Pigeons are insane. Their favourite pastime seems to be flying directly at your head so that when you jerk aside at the last second and look like a complete idiot, they can sweep off to the side, and you realise that they wouldn't have hit you anyway.

And then you see that everyone is staring at you and you walk away, very quickly with your head down.

I was a little hyped up on sugar and a lack of sleep when I got home, which is probably why my family keep eyeing me nervously. I might have overreacted just a little to the news that Tutee had gotten A in her physics test while I was away, (up from a D in her previous one).

Ro: I am Awesome. I am possibly the awesomest tutor in the world. No one can beat my awesome, the world will cower at my awesome. Children will wave multicoloured flags when I pass and I shall sport a velvet cape, and there will be free books!
Long-suffering father: Not that we don't love and support you, despite your apparent megalomania, but is it possible that Tutee had something to do with it too?
Ro: You'd like me to think that, wouldn't you? You'd like her to sport the velvet cape.

So, I'm left planning my next trip and searching for a job. This means an interview with intimidating people in business suits today, so I shall wander off to that now.
1st-May-2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Well, if it makes you feel better, you have amusingly awesome LJ posts. Here, have a cape! =)

Sounds like you had a great trip! Paris is awesome, (I swear, those pigeons can smell your fear!)

And your newly made friends, they amuse me so...
2nd-May-2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Lol, you may be right, they certainly seemed to know which unsuspecting people were most likely to duck and look like complete idiots.

1st-May-2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
There are people who actively dislike books? I am scared and confused.

Welcome back, and good luck planning the next trip.
2nd-May-2008 09:22 am (UTC)
I know, that was more or less my reaction too. But I figured that travelling is all about learning about people who are very different.

Thank you!
1st-May-2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
When I think of learning to get along with people who are different from me, I usually think of a different religion, socioeconomic status, gender, race, educational background, culture, etc. But to get along with a person who actively dislikes reading? Seriously?? I think not.

Sounds like a fun time and great experience. I wish you could have stayed longer, though we missed you here in lj land.
2nd-May-2008 09:23 am (UTC)
:D It is pushing it a bit, but they're not so bad, people who don't like to read.

Thanks Checkers. I missed you guys too.
2nd-May-2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
I thought Mr. Checkers didn't like to read?
3rd-May-2008 05:00 am (UTC)
No, he reads a lot, but seldom fiction. Mostly newspaper, magazines, prof. journals, and the occasional nonfiction book.
1st-May-2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
What's funny is that Wildcat thinks liking the same books is a really weird reason to be friends with someone. She has no interest in what any of her friends are reading, or whether they read at all.
2nd-May-2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
I don't think kids talk too much about what they read - I never used to make friends on the basis of books, so that makes sense. :)
1st-May-2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Ah well, even if you had to come home at least you can look forward to non-biscuit type food for a while :)

2nd-May-2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
That's very true! It has been nice to be able to raid the fridge properly again. :)
1st-May-2008 09:54 pm (UTC)

Ah, your posts are so amusing. I'm sorry I was so loud yesterday. I was very excited and OHSOMUCHTOTALKABOUT! squee! haha *steals cape-thing off Relius and hands over*

*hugs* What was her favourite type of cheese?
2nd-May-2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Don't apologise! I think I was fairly loud too. *accepts Relius's cape and twirls about in a Snape-like-manner*

Camembert, as far as I remember. Eugh.
2nd-May-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
!!! You make me feel a little less afraid about the whole going to France thing. Can we talk about like what kind of program you went through and stuff? *is very curious* If you want to do it over email, that works too, but I am at the point where I am ready to fire many many questions away. I know you only went over for a short time, but hey, every little bit helps. :-)

I'm glad you survived, though! And I totally get you on the tutoring thing. For the very first time ever I tutored a kid for philosophy, and I THINK she understood better because of what I told her (of course, she hadn't done one of the readings that her paper was on, so I kinda guesstimated what it might possibly be about, but...I mean besides that... :-b).
2nd-May-2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hey. :) Have emailed you.

The tutoring thing can be pretty cool when you realise you might have taught someone something that'll help them. (Though it can also suck when you know they're not understanding you and you have no idea how to make them understand).
2nd-May-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
hehe...I'm somewhat saddened that anna did not appreciate the awesomeness of ursula le guin. but ho hum.

merci beaucoup pour ta carte de poste :-) we'll talk on msn or something soon I hope, or else I shall send you a nagging type e-mail to find out more about your trip to fair Paree.

also, Paris in September is still on the cards, yes..?
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