Beside the point, but nevertheless I’m going to tell you the entire sordid story.
I was en route to one of my picture taking adventures when it happened. The police again. This latest altercation had me seething. Wild might be a better description of my fury with the flic (that’s French for “cop”) who stopped me.
Furthermore, I was furious with myself — it was a routine control, but of course I forgot to do something I’m supposed to do, but didn’t know it, but I do know ignorance is not a defense (I’ll explain in a second). The officer of the law said to me, “I’m going to ‘verbalize’ you,” whereupon I said, “Oh, merci monsier.”
My-Reason-For-Living-In-France, sitting calmly next to me said, “this is going to be expensive.”
I retorted, “What are you talking about? Of course it’s not, he’s only ‘verbalizing’ me.”
MRFLIF, said: “That doesn’t mean ‘oral’ it means ‘written’ which is what he’s doing right now, on his book of tickets.”
This is yet another example of my pitiful comprehension of the language. And I thanked him for the ticket!
I forgot, actually didn’t realize my car needed to have a check-up with a sticker that proves it was done. I now have seven days to do it and the flic took my carte grise which is proof of my ownership of the car and gave me a piece of paper that permits me to drive it legally for those seven days.
He was so unpleasant and aggressive I wanted to say to him “now I understand why so many French people hate the police,” but MRFLIF pointed out 90 Euros was enough for one day and that he surely looked surly enough to want to keep piling on the fines if I totally lost it.
All of that hassle and blood pressure spike for one refusal and one picture in Rambouillet. The woman who declined said she knew all about the Internet and didn’t want to have her picture out there. Whatever. (This was 15 minutes after the cop control.)
Back to the subject at hand. Today we have, as I said, one picture from Rambouillet, several from the village near ours and two from Paris. You can see I was not en forme this week.
You can also see the weather is warm one day and chilly the next thus giving us a mix of everything from a Burberry raincoat to Marcels (t-shirt tank tops) and floaty summer linens.