|Maybe this is the neighbor|
So onto more current topics......we have another week of Paris living under our belts (which Patrick is having to tighten as he is down a pants size with all the walking!) and are still amazed daily with things we see and learn.
Before we moved, we heard horror stories about worker strikes. The trains would stop running on transit strikes or trash would pile up if sanitation workers decided they needed better coffee on their breaks......... We have been lucky though since we have been here as everyone seems to be happy with their jobs right now! No strikes! **fingers crossed**
Something interesting about Paris is that trash is picked up daily (except Sunday) and about twice a month you see these guys.
|Outside my kitchen window|
|See the guy in yellow?|
Two guys on each side of the street come down welding huge hoses like firemen slowly followed by a truck with a tank of water. They move down the streets spraying the trash, leaves, and anything else is in way (dog poop), into the center of the road. Then after they are done, another truck comes by and "vacuums" up all the stuff. You see this all over the city in residential areas as well as commercial. This is in addition to my guy in yellow who wanders the street daily picking up trash. This is nice, however they seem to have an aversion to actually bending over and picking things up. I watched one guy spray a car battery that has been sitting against this wall since we moved in for about 3 minutes and when it refused to move down with the stream of water, he walked on......leaving the battery. So far the battery has survived all subsequent attacks and is still sitting there looking smug!
When we moved here we thought that we would see if we could get buy without a car. Well, due to some unforeseen circumstances, i.e. kids going to school across town not down the road and dogs not being allowed to run in the fenced area, we made the decision to lease a car. I had thoughts of getting a call that one of the kids was sick and needed to come home from school and I would have to take a taxi to get to school and to get them home. I really didn't relish the thought of putting a vomiting kid in a taxi. Also, I wanted to be able to take the dogs to the many parks around here and let them run and get good and tired so they will sleep more and maybe bark less! Patrick will still be taking public transport to work except for days he may need to get somewhere, so the car will be with me most of the time. Since parking is a problem in the city, I think that we will still take public transport much of the time, but for exploring areas outside of Paris and for emergencies, it will be nice to have a car.
It seemed apropos that we decided to do this yesterday, our 13th anniversary. When we got married in Colorado Springs, instead of taking a honeymoon, we bought a Dodge Durango. So yesterday we went to the Honda showroom and leased a Honda Jazz for the next 3 years.
|ours will be black|
In my adventures to look at different car showrooms, I saw some more of Paris and only got lost once or twice. I'm getting better at rectifying these times thanks to the fact that I am starting to recognize places and my handy I-Phone app, Google Maps!!
|Storm coming over steeple in downtown|
|Yep, that's the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower|
We also received news from family in Seattle that our extended family has increased by one! My cousin, Sheryl, and her husband, Jeremy, had a little girl!
|Welcome to Maya Lynn Grater!|
You have some cool parents!