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May 3, 2007

Duty Free

This happened just now.

Matt and I are at the airport in Paris. Our flight is delayed by a few hours but we aren't sweating it. (Let's say you've got a 4-hour delay at an airport) We set up a home base at our gate and wanted to charge up my computer and use the internet. So we tried several outlets but none of them gave a charge. An airport employee approached us and told us that the outlets at the departure gates don't work, but those in the bathroom do. And, if we're clever, we can wait until the current flight leaves and use the outlet behind the counter. Oh, and.

French Airport Employee: Do you see that Duty Free behind me?
Me: Yes.
FAE: In it they sell cigarettes and I was wondering if you could buy some for me.
KT: Okay.
FAE: Since I'm an airport employee I can't buy them, but I'd like to buy two Marlboro boxes of three cartons. Reds for me, Lights for my wife.
KT: Okay.
FAE: Do you have your boarding pass on you?
KT: Yes.
FAE: I'm going to shake your hand and in it you'll find 160 euros. The cigarettes will cost 159 euros. I'll be sitting right here when you come back.
-We shake hands, I put money in my pocket-

I bought the cigarettes and when he took the bag he placed it within another bag. We said our "thank you"s, "bon voyage"s and he went on his way.

With about 12 hours until I come back to the US I think I just passed a real-world French conversation exam.

May 8, 2007


I got in last night and was delighted to couch it up with Rae & Co. I dropped her off at work and cruised around wearing her sunglasses then we got lunch at Taco Bell.

Now I'm in my computer class, hosted by the voice of that Family Guy guy who does all the voices.

I have an appeal for you, all of you. I'm looking for work. For the first time since I was 15 I'm actually looking for work and will be forced to turn in a "résumé" and be "interviewed". I've gone through the motions before, but I have no connections now. Do you?

If so, tell me! In return I will take you to dinner upon my first receipt of a paycheck from the employment to which you enlighten me. Act fast and thanks in advance. Oh, and let's hang out.

~And now, a picture of my brother falling off a cliff in Ireland.

May 27, 2007

Sorry for spitting sangria at y'all.

Tobias Funke is a never nude. I am the opposite.

May 30, 2007

Onwards & Upwards

I decided to write off May after coming back from France. (Or, "[my] trip" as people keep calling it) I've been living at my parents' and watching my dreams crushed and reconfigured. I've worked with my dad making sure no fires start while he welds and helping him install a TV at a bar with beer as payment. I've been selling plasma. I've gotten a job that I start next week. It involves working on the phone- not telemarketing. It will reward the part of my brain that enjoys flexing my multitasking skills and thrills. I will not name it. I will not be house sitting. I will be living with Eric in Mandie's room. Ambiguous sentence! I move in Saturday.

So, June is the start of my (productive) summer. That is when I will return to vegetarianism, begin my grey-scale clothing transition, re-learn to walk and ensure that I have/work on projects. The start of my summer-summer was this past weekend. We returned to Marnia and I enjoyed channeling Dionysus by drinking and spitting wine, shirtless/barefoot dancing on/sweeping of broken glass, subsequent bleeding and unclad jogging around the yard (possibly with a torch). A highlight of the party was having my dad pull in, walk out of the car and ask, "Alright, who wants their ass beat?" to the crowd containing Ander Monson.

The beginning.

Rae took care of me.

The end. With Katie. Other photos on facebook available to ruin my professional career.

My original plan of moving to Chicago in September is on hold. I'm here for the interim and I'll enjoy it. Hell, I'll even be adjunct teaching a class at GVSU for the fall semester. We'll see how things are in about a year. I had to cancel my computer class at GRCC for my job. I'll either be re-taking it in the fall at CC or seeing what I can do at GVSU. By Isis, all I want is to finish _The Timmer_.

I had a dream the other night that I started a restaurant with the most generic name possible: Food McStuff. I worried about legal troubles and thought I could appeal to the Dutch traditions of the area by renaming it Food VanderStuff. If I ever open my dream bakery/roller rink/library/bar I know what I'm calling it.

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