Tuesday, March 28, 2006

this weather sucks, Italian level one, finito

I was looking at Tracie B's photos on her blog today (her's is "my life italian". The link is listed on the right) and wished I was there eating some gelato outside. Instead, here it's pouring (again!), cold and no one can freaking drive. LA drivers are horrible. No signalling, always on the cellphone, rude, and drive slow as hell. Add some rain and people loose their minds. People cannot deal with the elements here. God help them if they had to take the subway or walk to work.

I learned to drive in high school in Jersey. Jersey drivers are crazy but in a good way. Fast. It's a place where you better pay attention and keep up with the speed limit. The exception being Cedar Grove where you might want to drive a little slower. The three cops they have in that town are relentless with the tickets. Don't let them catch you spending on Pompton Ave.

Yesterday was our last class for Italian Intermediate level 1. I start level 2 in 2 weeks. It's weird trying to learn a language as an adult and using another part of your brain. Yes the all the homework can be a bit much but learning a new skill at this age is a good thing. Maybe my brain won't go to mush. I swear I was losing brain cells out here.

A development exec asked me a couple years ago during the 2000 election, who Gore was and which party did he belonged to. To me this says you never read a newspaper or watch the news. How does a educated person working in the 2nd largest city in the country not know who the Vice President of the United States is? A writer said he went to pitch a project at Fox. He made a reference to Vincente Fox, who was just elected President of Mexico. The movie studio executive had no idea who he was talking about. We share a border with Mexico, it's not that far from here. This is a person who helps decide what movies we see here and internationally. Scary.

Speaking of movies, so glad Inside Man did well. Maybe the studios will remember they can make movies that are commerical and smart. Enough already with the remakes.


franca said...

Hey there.

Not sure what your first name is. Did you live in NJ at one time? Maybe you should come back to the East Coast. :)

Anyway, good luck with the Italian lessons. It sounds like you're planning on taking a trip there this year.

I enjoy reading your blog. Take care now.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Thanks Franca, yes I lived in NJ. Our parents uprooted us from New York City when I was 9 and moved to the suburbs. It was quite a shock to the system. :)

gibber said...

Speaking of NJ, i just watched the latest Sopranos episode last night. Oh my. Edie Falco deserves an emmy already. So fantastic.

nikinpos said...

hi, no its not my store but I pretty much run it! Come and visit when you're over, I'm there most days. Its in an alleyway near the beach- don't worry you can't miss it!