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French, then Scott-ish

french book club pick

I just got a note from a French grad student who is writing a thesis paper on gods in Alabama. Or, as she called it — as ALL the French apparently call it—-The Day I Killed Jim. I went to look up the translator’s name and stumbled across this webpage. It is a French psychology webzine (as far as I can tell), and THE DAY I KILLED JIM is their recommended read.

YAY, but also Wha???? because look how google has translated the site’s menu. Kama Sutra, sure, that’s um, plenty psychological, and just under that? Are what appear to be instructions on how to MAKE A PSYCHO?

Don’t we have enough of those? Perhaps the French are running low. OH Google Translator, such wacky linguistic hijinks! I wish I read French, so I could figure out what exactly it all really means. Also, apropos of nothing, did you know there is a YA novel called THE DAY I KILLED JAMES. In English. JAMES, not Jim, so this is a more formal murder. The French version of my book is a little more relaxed, and if we want to get downright shorts and flip flops casual, perhaps somewhere there is a book titled The Day I Killed Bubba.

scott reads I hope there is. And I kinda hope Bubba is an Alligator.

Mr. Husband just came home after what felt like 17 years on a work trip. He was SO excited to be home that he was very giddy in the airport. If you know Scott, he is not a giddy person. He is thoughtful, quiet, introspective, SMART—LOOK I will sum him up VISUALLY for you. Look, here is his light airplane pleasure reading: Scientific American and some religious philosophy.

SO he is walking at a good clip toward baggage claim, and this couple is coming toward him. The man half of the couple has many MANY bags. The lady half has almost no bags. As they come toward him, they have this conversation.

Man: That is a very far gate.

Lady: Your FACE is a very far gate.

Scott opened his mouth to holler YOUR MOM’S FACE IS A VERY FAR GATE, and he barely stopped himself in time. That’s how giddy he was.

I am SO GLAD TO HAVE HIM BACK. He brings the Less Crazy and The Happy with him.

Also, anyone been ziplining? In the spirit of BLOG MORE< I have decided to take up ziplining. Or, as I like to call it, Dying in a Gulch. Will I die in a gulch? Would you do it? HAVE YOU DONE IT?

18 comments to French, then Scott-ish

  • As long as the gulch is NOT filled with kudzu, you should be safe. If the gulch is kudzu laced, then find yourself a new gulch.

  • Jenny

    I have zip lined and it is way fun and just like swing sets for adults. Stepping off the first platform is freaky, but after that it is fun.

  • Brigitte

    Not me, but hubby and 8-yr.-old daughter went a couple times last year. And hubby is 49 and over 240 lbs. They lived!

  • Katherine

    I have done a set of zip lines. Letting go that first time was super scary for me. DH told me later that the guides really thought they were going to have to come rescue me. But I did it and even enjoyed it. The kids loved it and would go again in a heartbeat!

  • DebR

    I went ziplining when we visited St. Maarten (sp?? it’s Dutch, who knows!) several years ago. I loved it. LOVED it!! It was a whole tree-top THING and I did not realize when I signed up that I would basically be going through a high-wire rainforest obstacle course at high noon in tropical heat with a group behind me urging me to hurry, Hurry, HURRY and I have to say the obstacle-y parts were not so fun. Like not-so-fun as in I almost passed out at the end and was black and blue for days afterward. (Although I THINK I wouldn’t have even minded those parts if could have done them at my own pace and not been pushed to hurry, Hurry, HURRY.) But anyway, after every 3-4 obstacle-y parts there would be a zipline part and the zipline parts were pure WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!! If I could figure out a way to zipline to work every day I would totally do it. 🙂

  • I want to zipline. The whole world is snow covered here and besides it is -2 degrees right now, so I would not zip anywhere, I would freeze solid and dangle sadly.
    I want to write “Phrases of Wisdom” in every email subject line I write for the rest of my life. I think everyone would enjoy that as much as I would. I’m sure.

  • I promised the four Boys ziplining in Costa Rica if they would not complain about meeting all of my old Peace Corps amigos. Oldest (of four) turned 15 on the trip, youngest was 9. It was 20 years ago, and still the most fun thing we’ve ever done as a family. Ever. So much fun and none of us died, which is pretty much ideal.

  • Andrea

    Definitely zipline. You will almost have a heart attack and love it.
    I got to go over the jungle in Mexico. One of my most very favorite memories.

  • Therese

    I’ve never had the opp, but would zipline without hesitation!
    And, Roxanne, I’d think that a gulch filled with kudzu would make a pillowy perfect crash-landing zone under a zipline. Not that anyone needs to crash-land!!

  • Jennifer

    I went ziplining once, and it was fine, but I guess I was expecting more fun. The first line was a little scary, when I stepped off, and then after that, they were all not scary, but without the scary, it didn’t really clear the bar of “fun.” It was fine. I think that snorkeling is much more interesting and fun. I think that hiking in beautiful places is sublime. I think that walking through wonderful cities is delightful. I absolutely love caving, and I love visiting old ruins. I have no interest in bungee jumping, skydiving, any amusement park ride that involves flirting with whiplash or making my stomach plunge, or scuba diving, so that may help you gauge if my experiences should in any way guide your thinking.

  • susanvl

    Zipline with a guide, no obstacles. The obstacles are usually designed with little lightweight kids and teens in mind, not adult women. We have weeble weights in such odd places that the obstacles will make you want to cry and jump into the kudzu-filled gulch just to get DOWN.

  • liz

    Ziplined for the first time this past summer. My daughter took one look and decided to be the official photographer. My son was so little they had to stand him on a chair to reach the harness — his little knees were knocking together and it was awful — but he was determined to go. So of course I had to. It was over a quarry (here’s the link http://brownstonepark.com/) and I took one big breath and screamed the whole way across. Great great fun.

  • DebR

    In case you’re at all interested in seeing it I had to come back and post a link to the story of my zipline adventure with the one and only pic I have of me doing it:


    Oh, man. How I wish Scott would have told that lady how far away a gate her face way.

    Anyway, I ziplined when I was a kid both in a forest and into a lake. I think the lake one is better because you know you’re going to land in squishy water and NOT into a rigid tree. It’s fun. The only pee-your-pants part is BEFORE the ziplining actually starts. But once it’s happening you’re all: yipee!!!

  • Oh my gosh, everyone in Starbucks now thinks I’m insane because I just burst into a loud donkey laugh at that! You and your husband are both hilarious! (And way to go, French translator! That story is probably much better when you already know the surprise ending.)

  • The problem with the kudzu is that it is full of creepy, crawly, verminous things. And also snakes and other things that like to stay hidden. Ick!

  • Aparatchick

    Ziplines and ropes courses – both fun! You will not die in a ditch. You will, however (if you are like me and have the upper body muscles of a jellyfish), get a good workout.

  • cakeburnette

    Are you thinking of zip lining at Banning Mills? I’ve heard it’s fabulous if you like that type of thing. Which I don’t. Because of fear of heights and falling off heights.