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BA7306 … Zuztèmechtoïëroung … [θeʀ'βeθa]! 5th of June, 2006 POST·MERIDIEM 04:54

Tomorrow morning I’m going to work two hours early. I’m then going to leave the place at 5PM, get the S-Bahn to the Hauptbahnhof, and then get an ICE to Frankfurt am Main, whence I fly to Australia for Beth & Dave’s wedding (I’m really looking forward to it; I haven’t seen them or the rest of the people I’ll be seeing there for aaages). I’m getting back from there on the 13th, working one last day at my current job on the 14th, and then starting a new job, writing Javascript and perhaps some C++ for a living, with much better money and from all appearances a much happier working environment. So, yeah, life is is getting more diverting lately, thankfully.

Jeudi dernier je me suis remarqué que mon collègue, Youssef – qui fait aussi du support technique par téléphone – demandait plusieurs fois à un client si le client voulait parler anglais. J’ai demandé à Youssef après l’appel qu’est-ce qui s’est passé; il m’a dit que le mec a commencé à dire ‘yes’ et ‘no’ à la place de « oui » et « non », bien que la conversation soit en français. Je me suis aperçu que j’avais déjà eu ce client à l’appareil, et cette habitude de sa part ne m’avait nullement dérangé; mais ça a bien dérangé Youssef, en dépit du fait qu’il sait bien parler anglais. Intéressant – mon collègue n’est nullement Jacques Chirac, mais il a aussi un peu sa tendance quant à sa langue. (Malheureusement, on n’a pas pris l’occasion de dire « Ben, oui, et ça ne vous dérange pas si j’utilise de mots allemands çà et là, à l’hasard? Donc, appuyez en bas à gauche de l’écran sur “démarrer”, puis “zuztèmechtoïëroung” … »)

Word of the day: Пиво is Tajik for beer, from the Russian.

Go on ya good thing! Can’t wait to have you over here. Blog posts from public internet terminals are your friend.

Congrats on the new job...does this mean that you’ll be in the city for a bit longer? At least until I get a chance to stop by for a visit? :-) Ooh and you can teach me all sorts of fun things about C++, which has thus far kicked my ass.

Thank you both! Emma, I’ll be in the city for another year at least, and am looking forward immensely to hanging out with you when and if you come back here. I’m quite sure your C++ will be at the point where you don’t need my help at that point :-) .

(Given that I now have proper German amounts of time off, I’ll look into visiting North America later this year or early 2007; I’ve lots of people I should catch up with over there, I really want to see Montréal, and seeing you would be fun.)

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