Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Cut To The FrontAt French class today we were talking about how the French don't believe in lines. How they cut you in line as though they don't even notice you're there. I found it all cathartic because I really can't stand this aversion to lines. You feel like a loser for wanting to wait in line when everyone else is trying to get in front of you.
Usually, the teacher will ask if this happens in each country of each person. I used to be the only American in the class. Although it was a bit overwhelming, I gladly gave the American perspective on things. Now there is another American in class, and a New Yorker to boot. Today she was arguing that New Yorkers don't stand on lines either; that they cut in front of people on lines. Jon, are you reading this? Is this true?
I'd also like to report that I officially have a cool friend. My friend, who is artistic by nature (I don't think I have an artistic bone in my body), is part of a sculpture show over the next two weeks beginning on Tuesday, November 23. Stop by if you are around. Doors open at 6pm.
Les Sculpteurs de L'Atelier Neuilleen de Sculpture et de Ceramique
Hotel Mezzara, 60 rue Lafontaine 75016 Paris
-- said Auntie M in Paris
Great Blog BTW.
# posted by BohemianMama : 5:37 AM
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 9:02 AM
When I went to the Pharaoh Exposition the other day, I could not get over how all of the French were standing in a line IN THE MUSEUM. I thought that once they got inside, they would all scatter, but they just got in line behind the last person and slowly waited to make their way past each and every piece. I found it really bizarre. I think they just take art/history/culture a lot more seriously.
# posted by Anonymous : 9:38 AM
I'm french and I live in the USA (PA) and this line thing is really incredible for me.
Now, I understand what you're saying about french because, it's so true, we don't like to wait in line and we think that we can be smarter than everybody by getting first at the end.
But how american people can be so patient and so polite and wait without ever complaining... there are lines everywhere and everybody is waiting... so I try to be more quiet in line but most of the time, I'd just leave and come back when they'd be less people waiting.
# posted by Jérôme : 11:57 PM
I'm so bloody fed up with this cutting in line business. It's uncivilized. Everybody's obviously got a good reason to be in line, so please, why the lack of disrespect? I blogged earlier this week about the nasty french immigration office, where line-butting has reached it's pinnacle of abuse. For me, cutting the line is pure passive agression and I'd like to bite them, with teeth and canines, in reply.
sorry to freak. most of the time I'm a nice Canadian girl. ;p
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