Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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Post 1611. Wednesday October 4

Friday Fictioneers




I’m on the ferry to France. Once there, I’ll hop off, partake of food and wine, then back on board to be home again by bedtime.

"Wake up sir we’re there"

I blink my eyes and survey a collection of empty glasses. "Someone’s had a drink or two!" I jest. Ooo-err, I feel a bit peculiar.

I've disembarked. It’s dark, how strange. I need a coffee, ah there's a cafe.

"Bonsoir monsieur, un café s'il vous plaît"

"What do mean you don’t speak French?' " I ask. "Très drôle! Dover? I’m back in England? Oh, mon dieu".

Seems I nodded off on the way there and slept ‘til the ferry got back!

"Merde" Pardon my French.


*In case you are not from my side of the pond, 'pardon my French' is commonly used here as an apology for swearing!


Thanks to  Rochelle for hosting and to Ted Strutz for the photo.




75 comments:

  1. Dear Keith,

    I understood at least one word. ;) Cute one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle
    https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/10/04/13-october-2017-2/

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    1. I trust it's not the swear word Rochelle!

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  2. A wasted journey - or is it? A nice long sleep is not to be sniffed at!

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    1. Bobbing up and down with a belly full of beer is quite pleasant! Cheers Iain

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  3. Well, at least you weren't seasick :)

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  4. Maybe next time you should try the tunnel!

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    1. Far too fast - and no bar! Cheers Michael

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  5. That's quite a round trip.

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    1. It's a trip I do often, but usually with a more satisfactery outcome! Thanks James.

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  6. Teehee! He had a very lazy day trip!

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    1. ...even if it wasn't the day out he wanted! Thanks Penny.

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    1. It's good to smile now and then. Cheers Reena.

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  8. Hahaha! My friend from 'the toon' would have subscribed to this. Thanks for the laughs, Keith

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    1. Your mate can come with me next time! Cheers Varad

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  9. Maybe a trip is wasted if you are too wasted

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  10. It's used here too... much to my chagrin.

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    1. Tut-tut! It's our secret Dale!

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    2. Yeah, but I think we should say, "Pardon my Canadian"

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    3. My mother is from Fench speaking Canada - I must ask what she would say!

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  11. We say 'pardon my French' where I live outside Detroit. I used to ride one of the city buses to the end of the line and would often worry about falling asleep and ending up back where I started.

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    1. I regularly fall asleep on the bus and go miles past my stop! Oh dear! Cheers Denise

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  12. You sent me back on memory lane. As a teenager I visited England and used the ferry from Calais to Dover. I had never been or a ferry before and it impressed me deeply.

    I remember there was bar on board, I can see how one could forget time and place. :-)

    Well done. Thank you!

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    1. I use that route quite often when I fancy lunch in France. Trouble is I'm usually driving so I have to give the bar a miss! Time you came back and travelled on it again! Cheers LB.

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  13. That can happen when you have a bit more than you thought you did. And i knew someone who once said "Pardon my French" and a lady standing nearby said, "I am French, and we don't talk that way!"

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  14. this is really funny. it reminds me of myself often missing my train stop because i've fallen asleep. :)

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  15. Hahahaha.Doing humour so well isn't a piece of cake .
    Great work, Keith.

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    1. ...and your kind comment is the icing on my cake! Thanks moon.

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  16. This one left me chuckling, Keith. - Russell

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    1. Delighted to have ammused you Russell!

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  17. On this side of the pond, one might nap right through a subway train stop, (though I wouldn't advise napping on a subway train. The only down side is you find yourself at the end of the line...and not a round trip! Nice story Keith.

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    1. In London one of the lines goes in a circle, and some people deliberatley go round and round sleeping, because they have nowhere else to lay their head. Thanks for you comment Kat.

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  18. This is so identifiable. Fun read.

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    1. Thanks so much YS, glad you liked it.

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  19. My gosh! I remember more from high school French class than I thought I did! That was a cool little story to read! :D

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    1. Haha! Je suis tellement content que vous l'ayez apprécié Calen!

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  20. Well, at least he got a nice nap :-)

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    1. That's one way of looking at it! Thanks Alistair

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  21. Well done! (Except for the "French" finalé.) Here in Saskatchewan folks say, Pardon my French, too, de temps en temps. Désolée that you missed the trip. Sauce and sea don't mix. :)

    Some folks miss it all when they zone out with ear buds and/or a cell phone. I'm apt to get engrossed in a book. We took a "Whale Watch Cruise out of Boston Harbor one day and I over-heard on young lady say, "I went out on one of these yesterday but spent the whole time looking through my camera lens. Today I'm going out again to actually see something."

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    1. Sauce and sea don't mix - I must remember that one next time I take one of my day trips to France! So often I've been to fantastic events where people have viewed the entire thing through the lens of a video camera. Why? Cheers Christine

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  22. Snicker. Both for the pun and the situation. That's what happens when the wine is too good.

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    1. Haha! Tell me about it! Cheers Alice.

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  23. I hate it when I forget to get off at my destination. But then, that's what bars are for: to help you forget. :-)

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  24. This is me giggling softly at 12.45 am- so i don't wake the house up...teeeeheeeeheeeee!! Good one!

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    1. Haha! You've got me giggling now! Thanks Vivian

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  25. I understood it all. What a waste of time!

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  26. Naps can be the best - or the best of the worst, at least.
    Mine: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/friday-fictioneers-by-the-light-of-the-silvery-moon/

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    1. Indeed, but I tink in the this case the latter applies!

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  27. I imagine that might have happened, Keith :) :)

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    1. Believe me it has! Thanks for dropping by.

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  28. Reminds me of awful sea-sick trips and the bar full of people drinking themselves stupid on the duty frees.

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  29. we use this phrase like this too - and well done fiction :)

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    1. Unfortunately he missed most of it! Thanks Sascha

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  31. Hope it was a restful sleep :D An enjoyable read Keith

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