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- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

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Tuesday, 3 August 2004

Topic: Photos

My subversive neighbor ...

Claudine, who lives across the courtyard, was born in France. In Toulouse. But she has been an American citizen for many years. She chose to make this her country. She loves this country.

She makes her living as a tour guide for French groups visiting America for the first time. Claudine is often off to Las Vegas to hook up with one more group of elderly French tourists in search of the real America. She shows them around. Heck, I don't think the real America is in Las Vegas - but maybe it is. Sometimes it's a group of fifty-two who will listen, in French, to whatever explanation Claudine can come up with for Las Vegas. And then she shows them around Hollywood. The French adore Hollywood. As if this is America. Maybe it is.

Ah, the life of a tour guide.

When she's off-duty, she has her own views...

Posted by Alan at 17:23 PDT | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink
Updated: Tuesday, 3 August 2004 17:30 PDT home

Tuesday, 3 August 2004 - 19:58 PDT

Name: bobcrazybear

That's "spot on" as the Brits would say.

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