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Enrhumé (Tuesday, 2011 March 8)

March 8th, 2011

I’m kind of sick but not to the extent that I have a fever or anything. I just feel like crap for no reason and don’t feel like doing anything. I keep taking my temperature hopefully but no dice — 98.6, like clockwork. (The thermometers we were given are Fahrenheit.) Le rhume is a cold (la grippe is the flu), so to have a cold is to be enrhumé, "enrhumed".

Right now I’m sitting in my house with my landlord, who wanted to talk to me about something tomorrow, but J-C keeps flipping out about this guy and insists on being present désormais ("henceforth", "from now on") at every interaction between us. J-C is at the lycée today, which is maybe three hundred meters away, so he’s going to come by after he finishes class. In the meantime, I’m just sitting here awkwardly in my house with the landlord and waiting.

I’ve paid rent for January, February, and March, plus apparently I paid two times for October, so I shouldn’t have to pay until the end of April, but the guy (Tiyou something or other) has an eye condition and apparently also has "tension", which I think is high blood pressure, and he’s going to a hospital tomorrow so he’s probably gonna hit me up for money in any event.

It’s also la Journée Internationale de la Femme, International Women’s Day, which isn’t a big enough deal for the school to close, but is a big enough deal that women teachers don’t go to work. They might be défilering somewhere too, but I just can’t be bothered. They have their own pagne and there’ll probably be people drinking and I’ve just had my fill of défiler.

I guess the good news is that I don’t really mind sitting here and being awkward. On the agenda after this is: being a nerd, trying to recuperate, and waiting (17 days until spring break).

Ah, here he is. They’re talking in patois now. Sweet, I’ll just sit here and whoooo.

Edit: It turned out it was to address that I paid one month twice. J-C just basically chewed the guy out in a patois/français mélange. Good times.


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