Some Things Strike Me Funny

The use of gift cards is more widespread in the States than it is in France.  My sister and brother-in-law received quite a few from friends and colleagues to help them in this difficult time.  It is an easy way to give a gift without it being exactly money and also permitting the person some choice in the matter.  So I had the idea of getting one for my nephew for his birthday.  My intention was to give him a bottle of wine but let him choose according to his taste.  At the state store (where alcoholic beverages are sold in Pennsylvania) I chose a card among several  decors and also a folder to present the card on which I could create a credit for whatever amount I desired.  I decided on $10 thinking that would do for a decent bottle.  The cashier then informed me that would be $10.  I was struck by some strange funny bug; no one else seemed to find this humorous, except my husband tonight when I told him the story.

Another strange thing in that part of the world is the addition of fries as a garnish for a salad.  Some friends had brought pizza and salad along one evening to share a meal.  We were surprised to see fries when we opened the salad box.  Then when I saw this on the menu at a restaurant, it was a clincher.  When you order a salad, often you are trying to be “good” but you really would like something “bad” like fries and voilà, you can have both!

One afternoon at the supermarket I was surprised to see all kinds of gift cards for many businesses including local restaurants.  This supermarket also has a program where according to how much you spend, you can earn cents off at their gas station.  My sister was working up to 40 cents a gallon off.  She had received a gift card for the restaurant where we planned to eat that evening, but realizing we would probably spend more than that, she bought herself a gift card, thus contributing to her discount on gasoline!

(Some of what you see here is chicken…)


About djdfr

Daily life experiences by a Franco-American woman living in the Breton countryside form the basics of this blog. Gardening, watercolour, choral music, food, are some of my interests. I seek to balance the physical, mental and spiritual. I am a free believer praying from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès. In 1974, with Jesus as the messenger, and in 1977, manifesting as a stick of light, Our Creator spoke directly to a man in Arès, France, named Michel Potay. The message is in the book “The Revelation of Arès”. It is a call for us to change, to practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, to free ourselves from all prejudice, to develop our spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the heart.

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