Monday, February 25, 2008

Hello Dolly!


My favorite trade show is back! Le Salon de l'agriculture (the International Agricultural Show) opened this Saturday and will last until March 2nd. This show is often called "the largest farm in the world" for its spreads out on almost 150 000 sq meters (1 614 586 sq feet) and shelters no less than 4,000 farm animals ! Even though it's a trade show everybody can come and attend the "cow beauty pageant", eat one of the many specialties from our provinces and meet some of the few farmers that are left in France (3.6% of the active population...).

102 comments:

  1. Wow the golden colour just shines out Eric. Am i first i wonder, looking at that ram? All those sheep'll be following me will they? Or i them?

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  2. Ok pour un prix !! Le salon de l'agriculture et un bélier sympathique comme moi! Great shot !

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  3. It looks like a deadhead rising from the hay.Where are his eyes?I like the curl of its horns.

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  4. Congrats Lynn, I just tried for fun !! I knew you were so strong!! Lot of fun and good night every european ones!
    Corinne

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  5. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! oh yay. Ahem, i mean, jolly good show. Is my comment in alignment with the Constitution, i hope so! I never imagined an Agricultural show in Paree.

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  6. Chapeau ! Lynn said she would win, she did!!! I'm impressed.

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  7. Pure luck i happened to be looking in when Eric mentioned the magic publish word. he he.

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  8. Pah! That was just bravado, me saying that earlier, Eric. Just tactics to put the girls on edge he he. I'd been away for a while and just thought i'd check in. Right moment. Hiiiiiiiiii Eric..... ;)

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  9. I thought I filled the lines in from margin to margin . Must work on that. I gladly take the bronze.
    YOU WON AGAIN LYNN! Congrats to the fastest finger from continent to continent. Your're queen of the Worrrrrrrrrrrrrld!

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  10. Congrats Lynn. You won the First Official Golden Finger Contest. You are indeed a very strong player.

    Eric did trick us though. He knew we'd been expecting him to post a little later. That's ok, I reckon he's trying to figure a way to make this game even more interesting.

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  11. and you get a real prize.

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  12. Eric are you for real? Is there such a thing as "Cow beauty pageant"??


    (look who's talking, I'm participating in a contest called "Golden Finger Award"...)

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  13. he he. How late will you stay up for the Oscars, Monica? I can't but i'll catch it tomorrow.

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  14. LOL, I'm not ERIC! Just a rich philanthropist.
    Lynn, send your mailing address to Eric, he is expecting it from the winner and he will forward it to me so you can have your own.....I LOVE PDP mug from his "store". A lovely gift we all should own.

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  15. I hope it wasn't you, Eric, who pissed Sarkozy off ;)

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  16. Lynn LOOOOOOL. Your two first comments were so good to read!! You wrote the first as if there were no price to win, no stakes, but you burnt to scream! Didn't you??
    Your comment is in alignment with the Constitution. At least, you've my voice as a member of the Constituent Assembly. But wait for the others girls, they have to give their voice or not: it's called democracy. One of the bases of the PDP Constitution.

    Eric, you're lucky to go to the Salon de l'agriculture, I like this event but it's crowded the first days... Did you meet Mr Sarkozy?! Okay, j'arrête, ou plutôt, je ne commence pas. ;)

    Your photo is very nice, I can imagine you putting your arm in the fence to take the picture closely. The yellows shades.

    About the race, it's unfair, I was at the cinema! But you know what? I'm first in a category anyway: i'm the first UNDER 22 years old who's posting! LOL.

    Good night everybody.

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  17. Monica, I was wondering the same thing about the "cow beauty pageant". Your comment made me laugh.
    This contest has gotten quite entertaining. I am tuning in now for that as much as the new photos!

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  18. Goldilocks! Eric, where do you find the time? It's a golden, lovely photo.

    We used to have these agricultural shows in Illinois all the time. They still do, I'm sure. State Fair.

    Lynn. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee to you! Congratulations. Pffft!

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  19. Lynn I'll be up til 11, 12pm tops. What I really like is the pre show, when all those gorgeous gowns parede down the red carpet.

    Hey! you should be there, you are a winner tonight!

    Let's see, I'd be there as your contender, sitting right next to you (wearing a silver Dior backless long dress and Louboutin heels) at the Shrine Auditorium. As they announces you as the winner of the Golden Finger category and the camera closes up I'd put up my best "looser but yet supportive competitor" face, clap and congratulate you. Then we'd watch you on stage giving your speech, thanking Eric for this wonderful opportunity and of course all the other candidates that are so amazing you feel proud to be competing with them. Of course you would continue to talk and talk as they start playing that music to indicate your time is over and kick you off the stage. You would walk away crying and trembling all in awe with your award in your hands. Oh so much emotion for one night!

    What would your outfit be like?

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  20. Kim glad you find us amusing. Lynn really makes us all laugh doesn't she!

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  21. Monica, you could be a journalist commenting on the Oscars ceremony! Or the Golden fingers ceremony, as you wish. ;)

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  22. LOL Monica! That's some fantasy you've got going on there he he. You would look far better, slim and pretty, than i on the red carpet I promise you! I would wear black. Simple and faithful, black. Chanel. Bathed in Jean Paul Gautier he he! Or maybe No. 5, oh no maybe Coco. Yes perhaps Coco. LOL. Shoes would be black, elegant but walkable. I'd be photographing everyone else as i walked, though especially Eric! Ooh ooh just saw some of the gowns on Sky News! Ooh ooh. Pretty golden one, but it was whisked off the screen before i could note it. Pah.

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  23. Okay, more pomp and glam talk tomorrow girls, I'll look forward to it! Ooh ooh there's more on the news, it's all undercover as it's raining. That's my best news, girls, so far. Pah. Again. Nighty night ! zzzzzz

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  24. This event sounds like the August Minnesota State Fair.

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  25. I was thinking the same Kate. It sounds like our "pagaents" for many different animals during fairs, rodeos and stockshows.

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  26. Louis la Vache heartily approves of Cow Beauty Pagents!

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  27. I can smell the hay! A wonderful photo Eric with the creams and golds, the contrasting details of the ram, his sculpted horns against his mop of hair. Farm life can be beautiful, really
    (but one might want to skip the burgers for lunch).

    Exciting news, the Academy Awards are about to begin. Marion Cotillard's gown, just breathtaking. But (yikers) what is Rebecca Miller wearing? (sorry, not wanting to offend anyone who likes it, just a classic gown please for this girl).

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  28. And most importantly:

    Congratulations Lynn!

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  29. So far, La Môme has won best wardrobe and Ratatouille won best animation film!

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  30. She won! She won!
    Marion Cotillard won the Oscar for best actress!!! How great is that, another french actress won the Oscar! I know she has won other awards this year for her role as Piaf, but the Oscar is such a thrill

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  31. HELLO Louis la Vache!! Long time no read! How appropriate for you to show up for the subject of this post. I miss seeing you here and your comments.

    I'm just back after a bit of an absence and am trying to catch up on the photos and comments. If I can sum it up (correct me if I'm wrong):

    - the photos are excellent (as always)
    - there is now an official/unofficial PDP Consitution
    - people are rushing to be "first"
    - someone has a "golden finger"
    - there is a legal advisor to all of this
    - the male commentors have mostly disappeared for fear of being attacked by the mob

    Am I close?

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  32. Is that why the men disappeared? Men are indeed in short supply here lately, but I thought men liked those odds.

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  33. Congratulations to Marion Cotillard for winning the Oscar for Best Actress La Vie en Rose! Magnifique! Earlier in the day, some young twits on the E! channel compared Edith Piaf to Brittany Spear. Mon Dieu! While they both had difficult lives, there was one big difference between them....Edith Piaf could sing!

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  34. Alors..Marion Cotillard has won the Oscar for La Mome I wept with Joy!!! This has been the culmination of so much love for Piaf and so many memories...Merci...Incroyable!! She deserved this so much...my faith in the Academy voters has been restored!! Merci...merci!!

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  35. Morning everyone!
    Girls, you have been busy. It took me longer to read the comments from last night than it took me to read the whole front page of The Times!

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  36. Marion Cottillard's dress was lovely (well done to her), but haven't seen many others yet except a really horrid leopard print effort. Ugh.
    Hey, Michael's back! Yay. Yes i have a golden finger ;)
    Come back, men, don't stay away, we shall be gentle with you.

    Thank you very much for your kind congrats, all. (lip tremble) I'd like to thank my manager, my agent, (sniff) my family who supports me always, (blubber) of course Eric who started it all, my loyal blogging friends, my mother for giving birth to me...

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  37. I'm seeing little clips of the Oscars on the news but the presenters are forgetting to say titles, instead they say 'best film'. ?? Hopeless presenting - BBCNews24 - Anyway they just showed a clip about a coin toss situation. The shopkeeper was utterly understandable and compelling and i want to see it. What's the title please?
    Oh and Eric, forget Dolly, what we need is a clone of YOU, one for each of us!

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  38. Lynn the title of the film that won is "No country for old men". Very good indeed. Javier Barden (who won best supporting actor) and Tommy Lee Jones are in it.

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  39. Oh yes he's the Spanish guy who dedicated it to his Mum. Ah, i liked that.. :)

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  40. I looked and looked at this picture, then I realised - this is Paris. So, of course it is a perm. Hairdressers haave a natural talent for getting on your goat, so this is a sheep, not that much difference.

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  41. Impressive ram! I don't think it would have stood for any perm, Ham! It seems shocking that there are so few farmers. . .is that because agriculture has pretty much been taken over by corporate farming, like in the States? Or, do you import farm goods? From the air it certainly seems like there are a lot of farms! :-)
    Watching the Academy Awards last night, I was happy to see the overwhelmed reaction of the lovely Marion Cotillard as her name was called. I saw the film and was amazed at the performance. What did French film goers think of her portrayal?
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  42. Congradulations, LYNN. Your gift is on the way from the PDP Boutique. I would have given you the finger, but the "I love PDP mug" was so much more appropriate.
    So was winning on Oscar night. Your speech brought tears to my eyes......

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  43. I still haven't seen this Edith Piaf film. I suppose it wasn't bad if they gave it a golden statue (not to be confused with Lynn's golden finger).

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  44. Wow. How lucky you are to attend. I have to schedule this one day.

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  45. Michael, the film is out in DVD and it is really good. I found it a bit hard to follow and if I had not read a biography of hers a few years ago I would not have followed the plot well. But then I am not that clever!

    It is a brilliant film and it will make you go the shops and buy all the Edith Piaff you can afford!

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  46. I can't even spell her surname...dah!

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  47. Thank you SO much, Phx!! I can't wait for that and will feature it on my blog when it arrives. he he. Sniff, snivel.

    Michael i haven't seen the film either. Wish i could pop over, we could go together! No no, the rest of you, calm down, nothing saucy just an evening sitting at the cinema with Michael, what fun. What's to regret in that? Nothing.

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  48. Oh, what a darling sheep (?) he (?) is! He (?) looks very cute, and almost looks like he is about to say something to you Eric!

    Belated congrats, Lynn on winning the Golden Finger - well done!

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  49. Michael, did you hear about "Camille"?

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  50. Is "La môme" really a film to see? It's absolutely not the kind of movie I like but I really appreciate Marion Cotillard, she's a very good actress... I guess if she won is because the film was great.

    "No country for old men" is inspired by the novel of Cormac McCarthy, an excellent American writer who, during all his career, stayed far from the fame. I like his books! The film makers are the Brothers Cohen, it's probably a huge film.
    Go to see it if you can Monica. I take the all responsibility on my shoulders ;)

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  51. Michael: Pah! Is what i say to that. LOL !!

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  52. Guille I have already seen No country for old men. I enjoyed it despite all the violence. I saw most of the nominees, I love going to the movies.
    I strongly recommend La Môme, but then again I think you have to be a little bit into Piaf and her songs, otherwise it might not be that interesting.
    Marion Cotillard's performance is definetely worth watching it

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  53. Michael: Camille is a girl (apparently) who demonstrated to be very interested in knowing who you are. Of course we told her only nice things about you, how handsome you look, smart and funny (see, we look after you when you're gone).

    So there you are, she's a candidate for your coer. Is it vacant? Oh I bet you're the kind of guy who says "my heart is never vacant, I'm in love with life..."

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  54. Is not only that...her name is almost an anagram of yours (credit to Lynn)
    You need to read the comments on the pink dress to understand
    :)
    I happen to know EXACTLY who Camille is ;)
    Hello "Camille"!

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  55. Monica LOL you're not nice with Michael!
    What's more, you forgot to say that "Camille" was almost the anagram of "Michael" and that the girls thought they were the same person ;)
    You're right, Piaf is not my cup of tea.
    I saw last night "Sweeney Todd,the barber of Fleet Street", it was great! No morality, the good ones died and the bad ones lived lol. The photography was amazing anyway.

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  56. Guille I'm always nice to Michael!!

    I'm not totally convinced about the identity of this Camille person...

    Rose, very intriguing that you know her. Come on now Rose, tell your brazilian friend who she is (write it in Portuguese, it will be our secret!)

    ;-)

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  57. Well...
    Lembra do que eu disse sobre controlar as visitas no meu site? :) hahaha...eu sei quem e quem e de onde vem e pra onde vao ;)
    Ai ai ai...espero que ninguem me de bronca por eu estar postando em portugues... se brigarem jogo a culpa em vc! kkkkk

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  58. Oh zut, my great-grandfather was portuguese but I have never known him, so I don't speak portuguese but I regret it! It would have permit me to move in Rio!! :)

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  59. Ah Guille... I said nothing that you don't know already ;)!
    Poor Michael is reading all 108 comments of the blog!

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  60. Okay I don't speak Portuguese but almost understood the comment! Thanks to my Spanish teachers.

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  61. I recognize we chat a lot, poor Michael!

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  62. What a charming shot -- the agricultural expo sounds great! Merci bien!

    Marilyn

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  63. Well i understood the portuguese but you didn't say who it was! All very cryptic lol. Do tell.

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  64. It seems that they want to keep their secret between Portuguese speakers, it's unfair, don't you think Lynn??
    They're maybe swapping gossips by emails while we're speaking here... :(

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  65. I do, Guille. It's positively beastly. Perhaps we should do a joint sulk LOL. Where's Michael popped off to, too?

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  66. A joint sulk is a good idea! But how to sulk on a blog?? Do we have to stop to write? Do we have to ignore people when they shout at us? Do we have to invent an encoded language?..finally, it's tiring to sulk.

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  67. Tut tut girls! Resorting to blackmail now?
    By visiting my blog, Camille left several traces (IP number lead to town, network used to log on etc)so using the traffic software installed in my blog (nothing uncommon amongst bloggers Eric uses it too) I guessed who it was. But I am not about to reveal his/her identity ;)
    Michael... be nice to me...

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  68. Rose pelo visto o Português é mais comum do que eu pensei!! Essas meninas espertas entenderam o que você escreveu rss... você não disse de onde ela é, mas será que e Ela ou Ele?

    I wonder if you clever girls understand everything Rose and I are talking, you are TOO smart!
    If I recall, Michael can decipher Portuguese too.

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  69. Rose quem é essa pessoa???? Que mistério!!! Escreve a identidade dela/dele no meu Facebook please!!!!!!

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  70. Nooooooo! Don't all decamp to Facebook? Guille and i want to know too! Guille you made me laugh very much just now. Finally it's tiring to sulk.....LOL !! It is indeed. I suggest a simple... :(

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  71. So, we ARE TOO SMART Monica! Look!You're wondering if Camille is a girl or a boy..."the girls hope to understand what we're writing" or something like that..."write me the identity of her/him on facebook"... Hehe You see lynn, it's not so difficult.

    And your simple :( is a very good idea.

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  72. Camille, please come and rescue me now!
    I am not naming anyone. Camille will have to do it hself

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  73. Bonjour, Michael! Bien sûr! Louis la Vache has noticed your absence! Peut être we could be the judges for the beauty contest pour les vaches!

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  74. Hey, long time, Louis La Vache! Where have you been? :)

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  75. Thank heavens for Louis and Tomate to keep things sane around here. I now know who Camille is thank you. At least, to who(m) you were referencing.

    And yes Monica, you know me well, "my heart is never vacant, I'm in love with life..."

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  76. Actually, Michael me too. I'm enjoying being single, owning the tv remote and more often than not, sleeping star-shaped. Don't knock it, people, it's better than you think!

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  77. À lynn: Louis la Vache is trying to figure out HOW he might be able to sleep "star-shaped." It seems that it might be trés difficile for Louis!

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  78. À Tomate Farcie: Louis la Vache was out to pasture for a time.....
    Àrose: Louis thanks you for you comment at his post about ratatouille!

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  79. he he Louis la vache. I suggest you tip yourself over then splay out your funny little legs. LOL simple.

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  80. Louis la Vache is becoming concerned: the discussion has moved from a Beauty Pagent pour les vaches to Cow Tipping!. Louis had to take a good look around to make certain that he wasn't in Wisconsin!

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  81. Louis la Vache: I'm from Illinois. I always thought cow-tipping was a myth. Please tell me I'm right! I'd hate to think of the dear creatures so abused.

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  82. Sadly it's real, Petrea. We'd never do that to Louis la vache though, or any cows. Goodness knows who does, but they do.

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  83. You'd think I'd know that, having come from a cow town. Maybe I just didn't want to know.

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  84. Petrea, Louis la Vache is sad to report that Lynn is right! Cow-tipping is almost a national sport in rural Wisconsin! That's why Louis wrote that he had to look around and make sure he wasn't in Wisconsin. For a moment there, he thought he might have been transported to a farm somewhere outside of Appleton....

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  85. I used to know a mischievous minister from Appleton. But that's beside the subject, I think.

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  86. Hooo, boy, Petrea! Louis la Vache is wondering if this mischievous minister was of the Swaggart variety....

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  87. No, I never associated with a Swaggert, thank the good lord.

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  88. Louis didn't mean that YOU had associated with (a) Swaggert - he was only curious if the mischievous minister happened to be a Swaggert. :-)

    Louis jumped to the conclusion that the mischievous minister may have been of the same cloth, as it were, of the infamous Jimmy, known for his Clintonesque follies with the dollies......

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  89. I love this discussion between Petrea and Louis la vache. I've missed you Louis!

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  90. And Louis la Vache is happy to "see" you again, Michael!

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  91. Ah. I meant to tell you, Louis la Vache, that my minister friend from Appleton is a woman. That doesn't mean she couldn't have behaved like Rev. Swaggart, but I don't believe she did.

    However, I wasn't in Appleton at the time so I can't be certain.

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  92. Louis la Vache dit:"Petrea, it seems this is all getting rather complicated. Peut être, comme Las Vegas, what happened in Appleton stays in Appleton!"
    :-)

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  93. amazing how anyone in France has anything to eat... beautiful photo

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