it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Today was somewhat eventful. There was lunch at the festive and brightly painted Zu Zu Cafe, followed by a trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo, where we saw baaaaaaby lions and a baaaaaaby orang-utang--and the orang-utang's father came over and introduced himself. There was also a very bouncy tapir and a show-off otter. truepenny and myself are unified in our esire to be able to hang upside down from our toes. 

Also, dude, tapirs are much bigger and much more pouncy and speedy and gallopy than they look in the pictures.

Then we visited a nearby bakery in the picturesque downtown area, where I obtained a cinnamon roll without any frosting, and truepenny procured a Boston creme doughnut.

The sounds of munching were heard far and wide.

Progress notes for 24 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,450
Total Words:  91,614 / 10,2750
Pages: 411

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
102,750 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: laptop battery dying
Mammalian Assistance: much entertaining cat bouncing
Stimulants: n/a
Exercise: walking around the zoo for a couple hours with truepenny
Mail: a totally fair critique of the bad Quebecois in Hammered from Language Log

My French is adequate to read road signs and menus and not much more, so I recruited a couple of fairly fluent friends to provide translations and suggestions--and then we worked to make the French as transparent as possible to English speakers, which meant sticking to close cognates and parallel constructions.

The only justification for that is that, Quebecois does borrow English terms and constructions fluidly and frequently, and I expect that to get even more prevalent in the future--but that's handwaving, frankly, and it's all it is.

The French is just plain wrong in several places.

Alas for the limitations of my abilities. I comfort myself that my French is no worse than Shakespeare's, anyway. *g*

Today's words Word don't know:  n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: a black silk bag adding the illusion of fullness to a tiny, almost hypothetical ponytail.
Books in progress: Chris Moriarty, Spin State
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a

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