Saturday, August 8, 2009

Street Scene

"J'en ai marre" is one of those great little expressions, hard to translate word for word and completely baffling to Google Translate. It means "I'm fed up" and that's exactly how I feel about a little situation that's developed on our corner. Since there's a small supermarket there, there's often someone hanging out, bumming a cigarette or change. But for the most part, these guys have come and gone, rarely spending more than a day or two before disappearing. Then a couple of weeks ago, two new faces showed up and within a matter of days, had installed themselves on the sidewalk. I say "installed" because they have a special talent for accumulating furniture -- a couch, an office chair, a huge mirror, a rug, a mattress -- enough to get them by until the next bulk trash collection and then they start all over again. They're noisy, rude, and mostly drunk. And while the police have been by, unless these dudes become more aggressive or overtly criminal, there's not much that can be done. I'm just hoping that when September rolls around and there are more people around to raise a stink, that they'll pack up and move along.


Charming, huh? I don't think the tourist bureau would want you to see this slice of Parisian life. Me neither.

5 comments:

Starman said...

They've taken the phrase, "Make yourself at home", to a whole new level.

Anonymous said...

good grief Anne, all you can hope is that it rains for a few days..next they will be putting down an area rug...

zoot alors!!!

debbie in toronto

debbie in toronto said...

and you have to see julie and julia..i just did and it's amazing...beyond charming

dyana said...

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Anonymous said...

don't be a bitch! it's bad enough to be homeless and nobody needs another 'bourgeoisie' to share with the world about how you want to keep the city slick.
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