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  • The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.

    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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    29 August 2008


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    I think I could cry. Love the graphic!

    My sister lived in New Mexico for 25 years and I thought she was kidding when she said that people thought it was part of Mexico.

    I'll never forget the time I accidentally said Africa was a country (I meant continent and just had a momentary lapse), some guy standing near me sneered at me and told me it was a continent. Embarrassing, but I have been very careful to brush up on my geography ever since.

    I have a friend here in San Francisco who moved here from North Carolina. As she was leaving NC, a dingy friend of hers said, "If I ever leave the country, I'll be sure to visit you in San Francisco." Ugh.

    Wow Sean, I sure hope she mean country as in "the sticks" rather than the country as in the "US" ;))

    There is a girl at my high school who has a reputation for not being terribly bright. When asked to list all the continents, she said:
    North America
    South America
    North Africa
    South Africa
    The North Pole

    I used to think that Youtube video with the girl not knowing France was a country was a joke. But apparently not.

    A friend of my sister's thought that Arkansas was a restaurant, and she wasn't joking...sigh.

    I think your daughter needs to find some new friends!

    On a somewhat similar note, one of my friends who just moved from Vancouver to San Diego reported a funny encounter she had in trying to explain about Canadian Thanksgiving being in October - she was asked if we Canadians celebrate Christmas at the same time as Americans. (She can tell the story better.)

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    Today's quotation

    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.