Saturday, September 21, 2019

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“My flight is delayed, but I wanted to make sure you understand that our relationship is over.”


Friday, September 20, 2019

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We were joking yesterday when said Hugo was back. It was a joke because that would be the cruelest outcome of all to make us sit through more French/English dialog. Also, I’ve seen Sabrina. But after this scene, the movie ends. We in Santa Royale, on the other hand, are now stuck with these two dweebs dragging it out even further. 

Now I wish my brother really had thrown me off the cliff at Sundance Mountain Resort. 


Thursday, September 19, 2019

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Am I the only one who has completely lost any appetite for muffins whatsoever? I see muffins in restaurants and grocery stores and I am physically repulsed.

But what if this isn’t Mary and her predicted muffins. What if this is Hugo who decided France just wasn’t as great as he remembered. Not without Dawn.

Mrs. Wanders and I made it to Utah on Wednesday in the little 1997 Subaru Impreza that we are passing down from our oldest daughter to our son in college. We had a great day, but we have more travels ahead.


By the by the way, while I’m traveling I’m posting these using a cell phone. It isn’t easy. Don’t get too worked up over typos, grammar and bad auto corrections. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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I finally connect to the hotel WiFi and see that Dawn is still crying. In the past, she has self-medicated with ice cream or muffins. I wonder what her comfort food of choice will be this time. 

Speaking of comfort food, if you’re ever in Grand Island, Nebraska, I recommend Tommy’s Family Restaurant. (The story of why we were there is too grizzly to include in this family friendly blog.) 





Monday, September 16, 2019

South Bend, Indiana

I thought of many of you as we drove through Ohio yesterday. I can’t get today’s comics to load properly, and we need to hit the road, so I thought I’d share this:

We spent the night in a Holiday Inn Express in South Bend, Indiana, where Housekeeping has a great sense of humor:


Sunday, September 15, 2019

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“Je regrette tellement. I regret so much.” If I haven’t learned how to use Google Translate by now, then what was the point of this story?

During the next couple of weeks, Mrs. Wanders and I will be driving across the country, visiting family and going to Disneyland. I’m not bringing a laptop, and creating these posts on my phone is kind of tricky. So I may not be posting every day. Secret messages are especially hard so don’t count on those. And there may be more Me than Mary Worth here for a couple of weeks, especially if we come across any roadside attractions. 


Friday, September 13, 2019

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I love that many of us still remember fondly that spring day in March 2012 when a magical hobo changed Nola Wolvenson's life. Please Dawn, please have the same epiphany!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Okay, I’m guessing this guy will tell her about the family he left behind in a civil war somewhere who he’ll never see again, and Dawn will be comforted that she still has her Dad in her life and we can then move on. Please, let us love on.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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What good is being able to read your mind, when your thoughts are all in French!

Now it's time for a POOL PARTY!

Monday, September 9, 2019

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Dawn is now quoting Le Cid by the French tragedian Pierre Corneille. This story is definitely a tragedy, but not for the reasons the author imagines.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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So suddenly we're worried about being "Realistic?" It's a bit late for that I think.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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"I thought you loved me, Dawn. And yet, you haven't heard a word I've said all summer long. EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN FRANCE! Vive la France!"

Monday, September 2, 2019

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"Did I say that out loud? I'm sorry, Hugo, I meant to only think it. I'll go back to expressing my feelings only in thought."

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Gurrrrrrl! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Everything in France is so much better than in the U.S., how can you even think this?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Staying in shape while traveling internationally is always so difficult. But Hugo has discovered the perfect workout without spending a single minute in the gym: Pushing a paint roller over a house.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

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"Smugmental?" Nicely coined, Fauxprof.

I love the many literary devices that Karen Moy incorporates into her storytelling. The duplicate-plot-in-an-Ask-Wendy-letter device allows Mary to give advice to Dawn without giving advice to Dawn. Which means the advice is meant for someone else, probably us. Is Karen Moy the real Hugo? Don't leave us Karen Moy. We will never get over you. Never!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Don't get excited, folks. There's no way that the Jamaican bartender story would have been any better than the French house painter story.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

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“I’m worried that all those fish we enjoyed seeing behind glass are now swimming freely around my feet. I wish all fish were in a tank and we could have the ocean to ourselves. Oh, Hugo!”

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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Wait... what? I’m not sure what your point is, Hugo, but they belong in the ocean. The tank is their prison. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Look at all the people with their pointy finger in the air chanting, "We're number one! We're number one!" at the fish.

I want to add that I've been to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I usually don't enjoy aquariums but this one is really spectacular and fun. If Aquarium is modeled after the Georgia Aquarium, those are supposed to be whale sharks, and this room is truly beautiful.

Friday, August 16, 2019

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"... or as we say in my mother country where I will be returning in a few days after I'm done painting my host family's house never to return or to see you again, and where everything is better, even the sunsets, and the sun rises, (if you know what I mean, Dawn), 'je me sens paisible.' Don't you?"

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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Dawn seems to have driven off the pier and her car is sinking in the bay. I'm glad she put on her sleeves; it's awfully cold at the bottom of the ocean.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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That shirt is some kind of crazy paint magnet, sucking up gobs of paint while protecting his arms, face, and precious hair from every single purple drop.

Monday, August 12, 2019

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How to Paint a House

(in France)

by Victor Hugo

1) Lean wooden ladder against wall that you want to paint.

2) Roll a paint roller over the wall.

3) Fin.

But June does draw legs well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

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Mary's eyes roll so far back in her head that she sees her own brain.

"His name is Hugo. Like the car!"

Friday, August 2, 2019

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Hold on, there, Hugo. That's my gig. I've spent over a decade putting words into the mouths of those fishes. I'm thinking he's gonna say, "I may be a stupid fish, but at least I'm not a stupid human. Ha Ha."

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Sorry I've been away, gang. I've been busy. Painting my bathroom. I can only imagine how busy Hugo is, painting his host family's entire house. I think Hugo imagines he's pretty busy, too. But his host family is starting to wonder...

Hôte père: Where is Hugo?

Hôte mère: He went to the beach.

Hôte père: It's two o'clock in the afternoon. When does that fainéant plan to finish his job? I think its time to yank his visa.

I worry that we are headed toward a Fantine situation... not that I think Dawn becomes a prostitute, but this has all the makings of an unexpected baby.

"...He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came..."

And just for fun, here's Ruthie Henshall, whom a friend invited me to dinner with back in the late 90's a few years after this recording. I met her a few times back in the day, and she was so sweet and kind to me.

Is that enough content for you? P.S. I've loved reading all your comments. Some wonderful ones the past few days.

Friday, July 26, 2019

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I love a good Dawn Weston date. Holding hands across the table is really hard on the elbows; you have to really be motivated. Plus, this brings up Wilbur's work as an investigative journalist and how long he's away from home after any international tragedy. It's like he books passage on the soonest schooner and sails around the Cape to wherever it is he's going, and then spends months writing a story, before returning home having been robbed by pirates.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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We knew Karen Moy was writing off her trip to France this year, but she had to throw in a reference to Milan to write off the Italy leg of her trip.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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How did they get all the way to the Moon Pie restaurant, park, order, get served and then continue their conversation essentially where they left off yesterday? That must have been one heck of an awkward pause!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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If she thinks she has to explain to Hugo that Guy de Maupassant is a "writer," then why does she think he will know anything about his architectural preferences. That being said, I hope Hugo begins discussing the relationship between wealth and happiness as portrayed in de Maupassant's short story, "The Necklace." Next time, rather than reading about a writer, try reading his actual writing.