Sep 06 2008

Three funny things that happened

by at 1:01 pm

Cornet à la crème

On one of our last days at the chalet, Seth and I took a really beautiful hike in the alps. We took a bus up to a stopping point called Solalex and hiked back down. At Solalex, there were a couple of restaurants, some cows, and a local crafts gallery. One restaurant is particularly well-reputed, and so we stopped there for a coffee and a cornet à la crème, on Mary’s recommendation. I assumed a cornet à la crème would be a nice, buttery pastry filled with fresh cream. It was not that. It, instead, was a fresh, buttery ice cream cone filled not with ice cream, but with freshly made whipped cream, straight from the nearby cows. Filled up high as one might top it with a few scoops of ice cream. It was really yummy, but I don’t even want to think about the amount of fat I ingested.


A couple of weeks ago, Seth talked about how sheep mow the lawns of the University of Lausanne. Turns out they also mow the random fields and green spaces along the highway. Seth and I are were walking along trying to find some store and Seth says, “It smells like horse.” I said, “I think you mean sheep,” as a I discover a flock of sheep eating in the shade of a small shed. The sign on the fence surrounding the green space tells us not to feed the sheep and who to call in case of a problem. What kind of problem? I’ll let you think of the hilarious scenarios.

In my opinion, this a New York crazy kind of story. Akin to the time I sat across from a man on a subway in NYC who decided to smear a palmful of something closely resembling hummus into his hair while riding the train. We had gone to a mall that had an electronics store, and we were waiting for the bus to go back to our apartment. There was a strange man next to me who was trying to convince me that Seth has a throat problem. He turned out to seem normal when the following occurred: Seth was trying to tell me something about an old, weird looking couple sitting across the aisle from us on the bus in a mixture of Yiddish and Hebrew in the hopes that they would not understand. I assumed he was trying to say something like “they are really weird looking and smell bad” but it was taking a while because he doesn’t speak Yiddish and I don’t speak Hebrew. While he is talking, a bird flaps across the aisle. I shreik, thinking that somehow a pigeon had gotten onto the bus. However, on closer inspection, it turns out that that this “pigeon” actually resembled more of a miniature vulture (it had no feathers on its head and the rest of it was covered with scraggly gray feathers) and that on its foot was tied a string that lead to the man (henceforth, “birdman”) in the couple’s hand. Birdman was dressed in a raggedy, bird-stained old suit, had long red-gray hair, and had deepset, pale blue eyes with high cheek bones. Birdman looked at me, vaguely amused that I had screamed, and proceeded to take care of his bird. Birdman scooped it up, moved to the seat behind Seth (who was praying that the bird would not poop on him or land on his shoulder), and demanded of birdwoman to hand him some items. First, a cardboard box filled with bird food. Birdman shoved the bird’s head in, but the bird didn’t want to eat. Then, a greasy glass bowl that birdwoman filled with water. Birdman shoved the bird’s head in, but the bird didn’t want to drink. Birdman finished the water himself. Birdman saw me staring and explained, defensively, “He has no feathers because he got a chill.” Like that explained it. Seth and I watched birdman all the way home. It was insane. Sadly, we have no photos, so here is my rendering of birdman+bird.

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Three funny things that happened”

  1. Russellon 06 Sep 2008 at 5:02 pm

    LOL! I’ll send the cops right now to apprehend that man. Thanks for the police sketch.

  2. Irinaon 07 Sep 2008 at 2:37 am

    Wow Jackie, I had no idea you were an artist! I guess that Swiss air is bringing new skills with it. Btw, I just finished my first week with the Pine Barrens Society and its so much fun! Huge relief, considering we moved to Long Island all for this job. Send me an email with an update on your and Seths new Swiss life. Hope to hear from you soon!

    – Irina

  3. Zachon 08 Sep 2008 at 7:15 am

    I am wanting of skype. Give me your identity, every nuanced bit. haggis2379.

  4. Alexon 09 Sep 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Not to discount any hilarious scenarios, but most likely the problem is someone hitting the fence with their car and allowing the sheep to escape.

  5. Stellaon 13 Sep 2008 at 6:20 am

    Hi Jackie!

    a) I love your drawing!
    b) I like your haircut.
    c) The dog is sooo cute.

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  7. Sheilaon 28 Sep 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Hahaha! I love this posting.
    We got stuck once (driving) on a backroad in Scotland trying to get to a tartan weaving mill, waiting for a flock of sheep to choose a side of the road…silly silly sheep…
    Miss you two!

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