Cold and wet


Linda and I collapsed last night after some 20 hours spent in transit from SFO to Ameugny. There was only a 30 minute flight delay, but a relatively major waste of time with Sixt, the European car rental agency.

For three years now, we’ve tried to lease a car for our prolonged stay in France, but Peugeot has always managed, at the last moment, to say that the promised car would not be available.

Sixt, for their part, has always done a bait and switch, promising a mid-size Peugeot, but then announcing no cars were available when we arrived, exhausted, at their counter. Last year we were put in a small Mercedes for the supplement of a few hundred bucks.

This year the “only car available” was a big Mercedes at a considerably higher rate. The issue isn’t only the money – it’s the size of the car, which only just fits in the driveway of our rented house.

So we arrived at our house on Impasse du Chat, rented from Monsieur Lechat, himself, to discover a delightfully ramshackle renovation of a 150-year-old farmhouse and outbuildings complete with all the touches (disaster area kitchen, knick knacks and furniture that may have come down from the original construction) that make life in the French countryside so irresistible.

Did I mention we’re in the midst of one of the coldest months of May in recent history and that it’s pouring?

I had promised M. Lechat that I would set up his DSL line, using a modem called “Le Neufbox,” instructions completely in French, of course, which, nevertheless, only took about 30 minutes. With “le WiFi” enabled, things are looking up. Ah, la belle vie Francaise…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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4 Responses to Cold and wet

  1. Matthew D-G says:

    Glad you made it, oversized rental car and all! I note that “Impasse du Chat” translates to “Dead End of the Cat”! There’s the connection to Menlo, which features the “Avenue of the Cat Fleas”. It moves me to consider the philosophical question, would sufficient numbers of cat fleas move the cat to desire a dead end? I suppose it is one of those mysteries that shall never be fully solved. Enjoy!

  2. gulker says:

    And of course, there is the famous, very short, Rue du Chat qui Peche (Street of the Cat who Fishes) in Paris, on the Left Bank, not far from the Seine, which Rue (and cat and catch) are depicted in a mural at the Stanford Shopping Center, adjacent to Sigona’s Market. But, I suppose, this observation just further muddies the feline-themed waters….

  3. Anonymous says:

    Be happy you’re funding Greek pension plans with higher prices.

  4. gulker says:

    But, bless ’em, the Greeks have managed to knock the Euro down relative to the dollar… So this ridiculous Mercedes is costing me less drachmas than it would have a week sgo. I’d still swap it for a small or mid-size Peugeot in a Paris minute…

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