i know, i know. i need to get back to recapping my italy trip. but first i'm trying to get my photos in order, plus i need to vent a bit.
last night we went to a little boy's birthday party that thankfully had more adults than children. now that my french is much improved, i'm glad i can be part of conversations instead of just trying to keep up with them (of course this is often more complicated when members of the party speak more in corsican than french. henri and i decided it's like if we were having a conversation in french and just substituted english words every so often without missing a beat. it can leave one feeling a little discombobulated.)
so back to real adult, french conversations. i've found before that these can backfire on me. being the only american for miles and miles i have often been called upon to answer for george w. bush, american foreign policy, mcdonalds and why americans are so fat. you know, things i have so much control over.
well last night, a new subject was broached. jerry springer and are his guests real or paid actors. out of all the television shows in existence, how is it that the jerry springer show is one that is shown in france? if it is real, it is one slice of americana the world can do without. i don't think i have ever seen a whole "episode", but what i have seen is appalling and hard to follow anyway what with all the *bleep, bleeps* and fighting all the time. so there is no way i could honestly answer the question, but thankfully i was able to turn the tables a bit with questions of my own: why do the french watch it, why do they find it so fascinating? that took us off down another rabbit hole and i was no longer left to answer for american "culture." whew.
so what's worse: being called upon to discuss gwb or jerry? now, i'm not so sure.