Re: Holden, back to school!

From: Valerie <>
Date: Mon Feb 24 2003 - 16:54:20 EST

Your story is very funny, and I guess it's the kind of story that works even
if you change the nationality of the different protagonists. We all have
jokes playing on what is supposed to be the defects of other People (yes,
you think the French are all unpolite, yes we think Americans are all
ignorant, and bla bla...). But sorry if I don't feel concerned by this joke,
because I'm just the kind of person who says 'sorry' if you walk accidently
on my foot (yes, I'm that stupid). You'll have to look for another reason to
throw me out the window.
Secondly, if you've been hurt by the joke about Middle-West, I'm sorry too,
because I was not the one who made it (sorry John, I'm sneaking on you). But
maybe it sounds differently when it comes from an American and when it's
repeated by a foreigner.
I hope the incident (if there is an incident) is repared.
Valérie Aron
----- Original Message -----
From: "Yocum Daniel GS 21 CES/CEOE" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 6:44 PM
Subject: RE: Holden, back to school!

> ...And the comparison with some obese Mid Western inbred was
> appropriate: apparently, it evokes the same image in the US and here, on
> the other side of the Atlantic.
> Your sincere lurker,
> Valérie Aron
> The only seat available on the train was directly adjacent to a
> well dressed middle aged French woman and the seat was being
> used by her dog. The weary traveler asked, "Ma'am, please
> move your dog. I need that seat."
> The French woman looked down her nose at the American,
> sniffed and said, "You Americans. Your are such a rude class
> of people. Can't you see my little FiFi is using that seat?"
> The American walked away, determined to find a place to
> rest, but after another trip down to the end of the train,
> found himself again facing the woman with the dog. Again
> he asked, "Please, lady. May I sit there?". I'm very tired."
> >The French woman wrinkled her nose and snorted "You
> >Americans! Not only are you rude, you are also arrogant....
> >Imagine!"
> >
> >The American didn't say anything else, he leaned
> >over, picked up the dog, tossed it out the window of the
> >train and sat down in the empty seat.
> >
> >The woman shrieked and railed, and demanded that someone
> >defend her honor and chastise the American.
> >An English man sitting across the aisle spoke up indignantly
> >"You know, sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant
> >for doing the wrong thing. You eat holding the fork in the
> >wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road.
> >And now, Sir, you've thrown the wrong bitch out the window."
> Daniel
> ill-bred
> or is it white bread?
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