|Sent on:||Monday, February 11, 2013 4:16 AM|
COP on the Hill
Stories from the week February 1, 2013
Boot Leather: The House was in recess (AKA working in district) and thus was the most opportune time to meet with legislative aides. I had 29 meetings. I will spend almost two days next week catching up on the paper work that the meetings generate.
Quelle surprise: I was having lunch with three staffers, when an aide I knew came up to say hello. I rose and as I was shaking his hand, he began speaking French. We chatted for two minutes, en français, and he left. Fortunately, I keep up my French skills at a café on Saturday mornings where about 8 of us chat in French for an hour. I can only imagine the staffers were fairly shocked that the ‘big buckle’ cowboy speaks fluent French. It was fun.
NOTE: When the aide and I met a year ago, I mentioned speaking French to police officers in Switzerland in the context of the describing the Swiss Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) program. He broke into perfect French and we ended the last five minutes of the presentation en Français.
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