21 March, 2016

another gold star moment!

i just bought tickets to go home - that part was easy. now to pack, fly, land, unpack and get the edmonton place ready for sale. quel fun (or should that be quelle fun? is fun feminine or masculine? depends on the type of fun, i suppose. in polish it is feminine but this gendering of nouns seems so very random to me. at least in polish you have a fairly high chance of getting it right as most feminine nouns end in "a," unlike french which just seems mean-spirited and arbitrary. case in point: how on earth canada gets to be masculine is beyond me, but that's neither here nor there...or is it?)

now back to the topic at hand. my canadian to do list includes fun things like massage, haircut, bananologist, and unfun adult things like doing taxes, putting the condo up for sale, and selling my beloved little car because not having AC in south texas is sort of a no go. today south of the border in grown up behaviour, i've just spent a good 4 hours filling out online forms for homeowner and car insurance quotes, getting progressively more and more certain that no american will EVER cross my threshold, based on all this talk of liability, lawsuits, personal damage, and the like - i think i'll just stick to less litigious nations. i've also received seventeen phone calls from insurance providers who claim they'll give you an online quote but only really want your digits. i only managed to answer two of them and got to chat with two very personable gentlemen, the latter of whom inspired the above-mentioned geographically restrictive guest list. i'm sorry, america, but you can't swim in my pool.




7 comments:

Zhoen said...

Need a good wrist brace?

(AAA btw, affiliated with CAA. Not the cheapest, but good and solid.)

polish chick said...

yeah, i might at that!

and thanks for the recommendation. i actually did talk to an AAA guy! he was very nice and very helpful and terrified me about the litigation potential of the pool!

polish chick said...

and i've been a CAA member for over 20 years (sweet jesus! i'm old!!!), so that'll help, too.

Geneviève Goggin said...

That sure is a lot of adulting. Good luck and maybe I'll see you in The Chuck. I'll message you about my travel dates.
By the way, most words that end in -e or -ion are feminin, with only five or so word ending exceptions.

Tom said...

Just arrived home from a few days break, and catching up on the news. What always strikes me as peculiar is that it is not the object that carries the gender thing, but the word itself. I think, therefore, the whole business of giving a word a gender is potty. As you say, it's the type of fun that is masculine or feminine; fun, amusement, is 'm'; jocularity is 'f'. Good luck way up north.

polish chick said...

g - ok, i'll watch out for that. but how in the hell do you make canada masculine? it feels wrong!

tom - good point.

Geneviève Goggin said...

It would indeed seem wrong for you and people who speak Spanish (and other languages) to have a word that ends in -a be masculin. In French the only (few) words that end in -a are "foreign" in origin, and all such words are masculin. I'm fascinated by the differences between languages. I still think gender is silly overall.