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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Why I like San Francisco / Pourquoi j'aime SF (Fr/En)



Ça faisait longtmemps que j'avais pas fait un billet "Why I like San Francisco". J'aime San Francisco parce que ...

I hadn't written a "Why I like San Francisco" post in a long time. Well, here you go! I like San Francisco because ...

...parce qu'on sait jamais sur quoi on va tomber au hasard des rues. Cette fois ci, c'était ces deux vieilles dames folkloriques, toutes deux très fortement maquillées et complètement identiques qui m'ont fait craquer! Dommage, le temps de sortir l'appareil, elles étaient déjà loin et je n'ai pu prendre cette photo que de dos ... Il vous manque donc la dose généreuse de rouge à levres rouge bien vif, les habits jaunes impeccablement repassés en dessous du manteau en faux fourrure s'harmonisant parfaitement avec le sac à main jaune et le chapeau jaune, sans oublier le plus important: l'expression heureuse sur le visage.

... because you never know what you're going to run into around the corner of any street. This time, I took a liking to these two funky-looking old ladies, both wearing a ton of make up and completely identical! Too bad I took too long to get the camera out; all I got is this picture of them walking away. Thus, you're missing the heavy dose of fire-engine red lipstick, the flawlessly ironed yellow clothes under the faux-fur coat matching the yellow hat and the yellow hand-bag perfectly, and last but not least: the happy expression on their face.

Je ne sais pas pourquoi mais la vue de ces vielles dames m'avait remonté le moral en flèche ce jour là... je n'ai pas cherché à analyser. Peut-être c'était tout simplement parce qu'elle m'ont rappelé sans le vouloir que San Francisco est tout sauf une ville ordinaire.

I don't know why, but the sight of these ladies cheered me up big time, that day... I didn't try to analyse it. Perhaps it is simply because they unknowingly reminded me that San Francisco is everything but an ordinary city.

Bonne semaine, tout le monde.

Have a good week, everybody.

13 Comments:

Blogger diopter said...

I like the fact that as a viewer I can't see their faces. I can see their hilarious matching get-ups, which leaves soo much to the imagination. I can endlessly imagine how hilarious and/or ghastly their faces might be!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jean-Philippe said...

I agree with Diopter,
It's true, I prefer too, to imagine their faces rather than to see it, cool picture, and post.

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

de dos c est vrai que c est sympa aussi, on les imagine bien, genre les vamps jumelles et branchées !!! trop drole

patricia

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Francaise de Coeur said...

Oh, how I miss San Francisco! And this is coming from someone who lives in (and would have to dragged away from kicking and screaming) Paris - but I know that when I die I will go to Frisco!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Sabine said...

Elles ont l'air toutes mimi ces vieilles dames!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

I forgot to say. These ladies are very short, so they looked a little bit like dolls. There is something else I didn't say: yes, the outfit and the general appearance was hilarious. But there was also something very touching about seeing these older twin sisters walking down the street together ... I just can't find the words to express it now.

J'ai oublié de dire. Ces dames sont tres petites, alors elles ressemblaient un peu à des poupées. Il y a quelque chose d'autre que je n'ai pas dit; c'est vrai que le choix des habits et l'apparence générale m'ont donné envie de rire. Mais il y avait aussi quelque chose de tres touchant en l'image de ces deux soeurs jumelles agées qui se promenaient dans la rue ensemble... Je n'arrive pas à trouver les mots pour l'exprimer.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous NoComment said...

I love San Francisco. I go there at least twice a year... ;-) It definitely is my favorite American city (after San Diego).

11:48 AM  
Blogger PetitBrin said...

J'image que San Francisco est une des villes américaines où l'on peut trouver ce genre de personnages "facilement". En même temps, c'est peut-être un énorme cliché de ma part de dire cela.....?!
I imagine that San Francisco is one of these american cities where you can "easely" find this kind of people. On the other hand, when I speak like that, I may be a victim of a big false way of thinking......?! (Sorry for my english.)

12:30 PM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

Good Lord are those two still alive? You are right they are identical and were (1989) a fixture in the Sansome Street financial district area. Thanks for the SF memory.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Like "doctordentons," I'm amazed that the twins are still alive! I forget their names, but I think one is "Marian." They've got to be close to 90 now. They never married. The late Herb Caen wrote about them from time to time in his column in the SF Chronicle.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

These ladies are local celebrities? Wow, that was a first for me. Forgive the cliche, but when I saw them, the first thought that came to me was ... "Quintessential San Francisco!"

11:24 PM  
Blogger geneline said...

Je suis contente - et surprise - qu'elles soient encore en vie. Elles étaient souvent sur Market, il y a quelques années, toujours identiques, bien sûr, avec souvent des jupes plisées très courtes et des vêtements à pois. Beaucoup de rouge... Je ne les avais pas revues depuis bien longtemps!

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I was surprised to find the twin sisters are still alive. I thought they were really old when I'd see them walking down Market St. 30 years ago. Glad to know they're still around.

Anything can happen in San Francisco, you never know what you'll find around any corner. It's an adventure, that's for sure.

Linda from Santa Cruz - Born in San Francisco

3:02 PM  

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