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Dispatch From Chicago

Not a whole lot to report, actually. The apartment is fully unpacked and set up. Guests could walk in at any minute and feel welcome (although I would have to explain to them that the shower is labeled backwards). I took some pictures, and if they turn out after I've used up the film, I'll post them.

I went to the farmers' market yesterday and bought a basil plant. I've tried growing windowsill basil before, with indifferent results. The plants would grow very tall, and then just wither and die. So this latest plant is a bit of an experiment. Instead of one tall stalk of basil, it's actually about eight or nine stems, a little miniature basil-patch-in-a-pot. My theory is that the basils can all keep each other in line, and if one dies, the others will have that much more room to grow. And they've got a fairly big pot, so I don't think they'll be pinched for space for some time. Now all I have to do is figure out what to name my latest basil. My two previous basils were Sir Basil Exposition and Sir Basil Rathbone, so those names are taken.

I'm back on the Chicago schedule of weekly singings. This is making me a very happy Pony.

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perelleth
Aug. 26th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
ROTFL! I loved the explanation!

See, I fear I cannot be of help there. Totally left handed ( so I have trouble distinguishing fixed posistions before hand, because it takes too much time to tell left from right)and known to travel a lot, I have had all kind of possible trouble with that particular matter. Colours is what works with me. "C" is deviously confusing, above all when returning from a french-speaking country... be kind and use colors... In some parts in Latin america use C and H for "Caliente" (hot in Spanish) and "Helada" (icy in Spanish) I won't comment.
frenchpony
Aug. 27th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I think I can work with "Caliente" and "Helada." Thanks!

(When I learned Spanish, we learned "Fria" as cold, so that's what threw me there.)
perelleth
Aug. 27th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
You are evil! :-)

"Fría" is Spain's Spanish. "Helada" is local Latin american variant, that's why, when I first saw the pipes labelled C & H I assumed it was in English... and got a nasty surprise. I'd go with colors.
frenchpony
Aug. 27th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
I guess that's what comes of having so many different Spanish teachers. One teaches Latin American Spanish, another teaches Castilian Spanish, one would rather be teaching French altogether and makes us read La Gitanilla as punishment, and yet another is a Mafioso who barely speaks English, teaches us Spanish with an Italian accent, and gets himself arrested several times during the school year.

Admittedly, it was one of the more interesting Spanish classes I had, although the only actual Spanish that the class learned all year was the phrase "de vez en cuando," and to this day, it sounds much more Italian than Spanish when I say it.
perelleth
Aug. 27th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
ROTFL! The Italian, frequently-arrested Spanish teacher sounds great!

Italians do have such a sweet accent when speaking Spanish...I like Italian over Spanish, although Spanish is better when it comes to creative insults and nasty words...
frenchpony
Aug. 27th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Mr. C makes a great story fifteen years after the fact. However, since he loved to make passes at and fondle the high school girls in his Spanish classes, he wasn't a whole lot of fun at the time.

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