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Bon fucking jour

Hello! I am in Paris. If someone offers me a job here I'm taking it with no questions asked. This is the most amazing city I've ever seen, and that's no shit, little bit.

I will have more later, including pictures and so forth, but for now:

- I cannot thank manningkrull enough for putting me up while I'm here. He's a terrific host and a good friend and without him I wouldn't be here.

- On the other hand, despite having succumbed last night, he somehow resisted my attempts to get him drunk tonight. So I had to drink a lot of the liquor that by all rights should be poisoning his liver. Bastard.

- My French, while slightly less terrible than I thought it was, is still terrible. By way of example, I had come up with this elegant and clever way of saying "I am an American and my French is terrible", but I forgot it.

- I'm already dreading leaving this place, I shit you not.

- All the time I have been here, I have spent getting drunk, gaping at gorgeous old buildings, soaking in the liquid weight of 2000 years of history, eating astonishingly good food, and falling in love with every woman I see. If there's a better way to spend one's time, I don't know about it, and I don't want to know about it.

More later. Bon nuit, mes amis plus merveilleux, bon beaucoup nuit.


Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
I don't speak French, but I think it's bonne nuit. I checked Babelfish and it tells me that bonne nuit means good night -- however, I ran bon nuit just to see what it said, and according to Babelfish it means "good harms". So if you'd like, I can try to have good harms.

P.S. I am glad you're having a great time!

Edited at 2008-03-22 02:21 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
You're right. It's just that I typed that at 3AM after spending all night getting drunk at a French rock and roll bar.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
While you're in Paris, try and make a little time to visit the greatest bookshop in the world, give or take Ferlinghetti's place in San Francisco.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't been there yet, but I did go to a couple of cool bookstores in Opéra.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
But paris smells like urine more than any city I've ever been to. And that includes djibouti.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm from Chicago. There is no fucking way Paris smells more like piss than Chicago. It's the official municipal odor there.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I request a picture of you wearing a beret, being snooty lounging about a sidewalk cafe.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
First of all, people here totally wear berets! Manning didn't even notice it 'til I arrived, but there's tons of them. Maybe they're all tourists. There are also a lot of little kids who wear berets, which I find totally charming.

Second, I went out this morning to a brasserie called Le Rendez-vous des Artistes, and I was hanging around in the sidewalk seating section waiting for my food to arrive, and I was practicing my disdainful-chain-smoker look, and I actually thought to myself, HOLY SHIT I am in Paris lounging around at a sidewalk cafe! I've had a few of those what-the-fuck, is-this-really-happening moments: Manning and I went to the Innocents and got some panini, and we were walking around people-watching, and I was all "Goddamn, dude, we are walking around fucking Paris eating food we got from a street vendor." Amazing.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
will you do a voice post so we can hear your french?
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Bizarrely, my cell phone is not working. Maybe when I get back I'll do a voice post and demonstrate my awful French to you.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: Ex-European To The Rescue!
I always get a kick out of being addressed as "sir or madam." :)
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Happy for you and envious all at once!

I love Paris and I was too young and dum to really enjoy it for the extremely brief (< 24 hrs) time I have spent there. It's for sure my next destination when I travel overseas.

I was going to use my Amelie icon but I haven't renewed my account yet so instead I must use my Gaspard Ulliel icon.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
You should absolutely come back here if you can. I really want to go to Dublin next year, but if there's any way I could make two trips, I already am thinking about coming back here.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
You can thank manningkrull, and I find it to be likely that you shall.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I have!
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I am really, really jealous of you being in Paris. That's all I got.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Even I'm jealous of me being in Paris.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
If you see this woman, I'm coming over NOW
This is an excellent entry for a Manning-based travelogue.

In fact, I just gave myself a great idea for a travel book...
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: If you see this woman, I'm coming over NOW
GET ON THE NEXT PLANE, Tawds! I still have two days left here!
Mar. 23rd, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
If you haven't been to Le Marais yet, there's an amazing Falafel place in the Jewish quarter (Rue de Rosiers) or -- even more delicious -- a tiny place near the Shoah memorial (I think by the Quais de l'Hotel de Ville & Pt. Louis-Phillipe that makes Brique, a sort of crepe made from Moroccan flour. It is perfect for chasing away a hangover.
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I had brique! Not there, but in fact it was only about an hour ago, stumbling home drunk from a goth bar in Pigalle.
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Mar. 24th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Excellent! Awesome!
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
It is all those things! I'm trying not to think about the fact that I have to go back to fucking San Antonio in 12 hours. Stupid real life.

You would be amazed -- or maybe you wouldn't be -- how amazingly interested and well-informed everyone over here is about the US election. Also, this town is filled with hilariously vituperative anti-Sarko propaganda.