Sunday, February 22, 2009

David Sedaris in PARIS: Me Talk Pretty One Day

Just finished the book. It was a fun, easy-to-read book.

Each of the short essays could be read as a stand-alone story. So, at night, I would pull the book off my headboard and read one little essay. They are all funny. So, I would go to sleep with a smile on my face and sleep more restful than if I didn't pick through the pages.

There was a lot of talk about Paris, and it made me think of the time we took our oldest son, Jake, there for his present for his graduation from college.

Some people might think the humor in Me Talk Pretty One Day is a little twisted and maybe it is, but that doesn't change the fact that I laughed out loud at some of the stories. And, of course, some stories are funnier than others but none were bad.

I especially liked the fact that David Sedaris made fun of himself more than other people.

It was also fun to read about American tourists in Paris. I've been to Paris twice, and the one thing I noticed when we were there, is how very tall my husband and son seemed. At 6'4" and 6'5", they looked like they were being filmed for a Land of the Giants episode. I stepped back behind them so I could watch the people's faces as they walked through the crowded areas. I was snickering into my sleeve but then I noticed I was taller than most people too and I'm only 5'7".

We enjoyed the people in Paris and found them to be very friendly. Of course, we tried, hopelessly, to speak in French. And we attempted to order everything in French. My husband is very good with languages-having been born and raised in a country where it's mandatory to know more than one or two languages. So, that helped. But, sometimes it seemed like a comedy of errors. The French people tried to understand what we were attempting to say and, for the most part, they did a good job but once we even walked into an English language school looking for directions-and I had trouble understanding them-and they were supposed to be speaking English.

Here are a few pictures from our last trip to Paris. My oldest son graduated from the University of Oregon and deserved some sort of present ;-) Of course, he would have preferred to have gone by himself or with a friend - but hey, we were paying so it was a good excuse for us to go too.

My son, Jake, graduated with a degree in Multi-Media Design and he said he really wanted to see the Louvre - so we did.

Hope you enjoy the photos too.


Anonymous said...

I adore Paris. I would love to live there for few years if my husband were willing. And, like you, I found the people very friendly.

Brenda said...

Love the pics...This would be a trip of a lifetime for me...

Kimbra Kasch said...

Meredith: I love being home too much to ever want to live anywhere else. I'm a real homebody. But a visit, I'll take any time.

Brenda: It was a wonderful trip. Usually when we travel, we go to Denmark to see my husband's family-which is a beautiful country. But I asked my husband if we could see Paris too. So one time we did. And, then my son wanted to go.

I'll do another post this week and share pics from other places we visited.

One day I'd like to see Ireland. We missed the ferry times and couldn't go because we ran out of time on our last trip - maybe one day.