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Today it's messages for people in France

Four months ago I didn't know a soul outside the U.S. apart from one friend who's on a three-year work assignment in Luxembourg.  Today, all because of the internet and this LJ, I have friends in England, Ireland, Australia, and France.  Of course for people who don't remember life before computers, this is all routine, but I'll date myself by saying that when I began my banking career back in 1973, there were no PCs in the office, and people still used carbon paper to make copies of letters (yes, that's where "cc" came from).  So I'm in a position to appreciate how fast the world has changed, and what an exhilirating ride it's been. 

I've already had one conversation today with crazybutsound, who a week ago came over to flaunt her new Oz DVDs in the LJ where I was reading, and who wound up going home with a new friend.  And yes, she's another of those perfectly-fluent-in-colloquial-English French women who you wouldn't even know are French unless they tell you or you hear an accent when they speak.  *sighs and thinks she'd better go home tonight and study a chapter of French grammar instead of watching Oz episodes*

But I said I had messages.  And I do.

First, I need to thank alinewrites for the card she sent and the message on the back.

Huge thanks are due to morgared , who surprised me on Friday with a book of panoramic photographs of her hometown of Annecy and its beautiful lake.  I'm going to have to start planning an itinerary for an imaginary trip to France, and this will definitely have to be one of the stops.  Anne, I'll try to write you a proper thank you in my fractured French in a day or so.  Look for a card in the post.

Finally, castalie has been talking about the new television series Numb3rs, so I watched the episode Friday night.  Unfortunately, it did nothing for me (like Carnivàle did nothing for her).  There wasn't nearly enough math, and the whole idea of identifying a Patient Zero (or in this case Suspect Zero) is hardly cutting edge.  And the show didn't have enough exterior scenes to really demonstrate that it was taking place in Los Angeles.  The one thing that did have me sit up and take notice, though, was J.K. Simmons.  Of course, with all the focus on Oz at the moment, all I could think of every time he was onscreen was "Oh, Vern Schillinger in a bowtie and lab coat".  Just a little distracting, as you can probably imagine *lol*. 

So, merci à tout le monde et bonne nuit.  Back tomorrow.

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castalie
Feb. 7th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Internet is quite wonderful, isn't it? *g*

Et bonne nuit à toi aussi - I really should listen to you and go to bed as a matter of fact, but the lure of LJ is quite strong tonight, so I don't know if I'll succeed in moving my butt to the bedroom lol
aswanargent
Feb. 7th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Misspelling? What misspelling? *lol*

Hopefully everyone else who would have caught me out is tucked away in bed sleeping the sleep of the just. But I'm glad you and your eagle eyes are still up! :-))
crazybutsound
Feb. 8th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Ha! It's all in the flaunting! I should flaunt more often. ;-)

And *blushes* Well, I'mm not as fluent when I speak, I'm sure, but it's all the time spent reading and writing fanfiction, it does help a great deal. :-)

As for the internet and the way things evolved... dude, I remember when we started having a few compulsory courses in computers in high school. We had to write up a small program, with commands and such, and it was all on a black screen with no windows and blah blah blah. So funny to think about now when I see what kind of course I have to give the kids in pre-school. :-)

As for the having friends all over the world, four years ago it wasn't the case for me either. Then I discovered fanfiction. Now I do have friends all over the world which is pretty damn fantastic but can be very sucky at times (as I don't get to see them much). But I do enjoy it as an alternative to travelling the world which I really can't afford these days. :-)
aswanargent
Feb. 8th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
DOS! I'd forgotten all about DOS! Yep, I'm from the pre-Windows (dinosaur) computer era. I still remember thinking, when the computers at the bank went to Windows, what a nuisance it was going to be to have to keep taking my right hand off the keyboard to use a mouse *lol*. I don't suppose that thought would have even occurred to anyone who wasn't a touch typist. *g*
alinewrites
Feb. 8th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
hello! I loved the card... I'm glad you liked it.
I'm late and it's morning but... Bonne nuit!

You know, next step is you coming to France to improve your French. *that* would be great. Greatness. (sorry, too much Due South)
aswanargent
Feb. 9th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
You know, next step is you coming to France to improve your French. *that* would be great.

I certainly have an incentive now, so who knows, maybe someday I can do it.
alinewrites
Feb. 9th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
I made myself a promise. no matter how bad life is at the moment and how broke I am... I'll go back to the States before I'm 50.
I swear. I will.
aswanargent
Feb. 9th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm going to hold you to this. And once you decide where you're going, let me know; we can at least plan to meet somewhere!
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