Posted by: jeanne | February 15, 2017

a couple of sick days

when i’m not feeling right, the work really suffers.  in the past two days, we only took 60 photos omg.  but i did drag myself out of bed just to prove i was going to live.  it has been a very ‘interesting’ illness, in the sense of torture, or punishment.  sore throat with dreams.

yesterday was valentine’s day, and we saw a poster over the weekend that said there was going to be a chapter of the one billion women against violence march on lido at 5:30, so we thought we might make it.

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jim and connor got up hours before i did and behaved admirably; jim even took a picture of the palazzo opposite in the glaring sunshine.

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once i got up, i saw a delivery boat outside with a mattress for someone’s home, and had to take a picture.  seems i had a touch of laryngitis, because i could only croak out the first word in a normal tone, and then it all went to whispers.

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then we dragged myself down to rialto market to get fish, celery, garlic, and carrots, and since it’s carnival, there are more than the usual complement of musicians out.  jim followed connor around while i waited to be noticed, and caught him in this contemplative pose by the waterside.

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so while i tried to use sign language to the fishmongers, which worked about as well as my italian – the guy was sure i hadn’t asked to have the fish filleted.  i got an orata this time – sea bream, and then since the vegetables weren’t speaking to me, we went to the conad and bought them there.

then we headed down to sant’elena and connor got to play on the equipment, while i got to-go caffe-latte for both of us, and had them put a restorative and highly medicinal shot of grappa into mine.

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a great dad helped connor with the zipline, and he was finally able to hold on.  he loved it.  then he went for the climbing wall, and successfully negotiated it on his own.  he was very proud of himself.

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and then we went for the vaporetto to lido, hoping to catch the march and see what was going on.  it was approaching low tide, when you can see the bottom.

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when we got to lido, we discovered the remnants of whatever had been scheduled before the march of billions – probably a costume exhibition.

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so i ran around with the camera and got as many of them as i could, because you don’t generally see that many old people in costume  in one place.

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what i liked best were the cellphones.

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and the wrinkles.  and old flesh stuffed into bustiers.

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and how all the women look like sisters.

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except for the young ones.  there weren’t many of those, but at least they were cross-dressing.

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see jim in the background?  he’s still distinctive, even tho he’s not in costume.

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on the phone, lecturing with her finger.  i love it.

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then there was an appearance of the 12 maries.  it’s a carnival institution, and we’ll probably run into them a few times as we go along to the climax of carnival.  probably in more formal dress at some point.  they were here to be introduced to the people of lido, and to stand up for the march against violence against women.  but i’m not sure how up everybody is on the concept, because after a bit of speechifying, they played a feminist pop song i couldn’t identify, and the girls did a gogo routine.

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but at that point i wandered off to take pictures of the sunset, joining all the photographers with huge camera lenses.  it’s really carnival when professional and wannabe professional photographers line up like celebrities in the front row to get their photos.  today i went ahead and joined them in the front row, tho my tiny little camera makes me an amateur.

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and of course connor found a few friends and played until we dragged him away.

this morning i woke up much better, thanks.  and the first thing i saw when i was getting dressed was a hand, floating down the canal with the tide.  i called connor and jim to come see.  it could be a hand.  there are zombies about…

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then we decided to go to mestre to visit the bookshop and go to the panorama store for some things we’re out of, so we walked to piazzale roma.  the sun was so bright that there were really striking reflections under this bridge – usually we can see them, but they don’t photograph well.

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and connor got to play in the popodopouli garden, which we always try to do unless it’s wet.  i brought the three postcards and the leggings for my sister, and managed to actually get them posted, and it wasn’t too horribly expensive.  also, my vaporetto pass stopped working last night at lido, and when i checked it at piazzale roma, it still wasn’t working, so i took it in to the  hello venezia office, and the nice lady checked it for me and said it’s okay.  then, worried that the inspectors wouldn’t be so nice about it (60 euro fine if they catch you without a validated ticket) i went back to ask if she would write something down for me to show them, and she yelled at me.  look, she said, you have your receipt, you have your pass, just show it to them.  well, fine, but what one official says is not necessarily what another one will say, and once you’ve got a fine, you have to pay it, and then try to convince someone that you were not in the wrong.  and good luck; most tourists are back home before something like this can get resolved.  however, it  has worked since then.  so it’s nice to achieve something.

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let’s just leave out the trip to the bookstore, because there wasn’t anything there we were interested in.  and the trip to the shopping center was also nothing to write home about.  we got groceries.  they just barely fit into our rolly cart.  i made sure to get three small loaves of bread, some ham and cheese and we ate our lunch on the tram coming back home.  it was rather hazy, and it was hard to see anything once we got on the causeway.

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but once we got on the vaporetto, we encountered a few cretini, as i heard one local describe them.  dumber than dirt tourists.  like this one, who stood there in the midst of the grand canal taking selfies, many of them.  and then getting his friend to shoot a few photos of him not holding the camera up to his face.

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nice juxtaposition of age and beauty.  like the dames in fancy dress yesterday.

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and guess who with guess who, enjoying the very warm day we turned out to have.  so warm that i ditched my outer jacket and just wore my vest for most of the trip.

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this american tourist decided he felt comfortable sitting on the railing with one foot up, leaning out and taking photos.  but one lurch, one rogue wave, and he would have been in the water.  you just can’t warn people.

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you can tell people are just in from the airport.

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the sun was so strong that i just had to get this badly composed shot.  oh the glare.

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this french girl decided it was okay to sit down, but 30 seconds later the vaporetto guy came and made her get up as he got ready to open the gate on her side.

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and this guy i could hear hacking his lungs out as i came down the calle into campo san aponal.  he’s not even pretending to beg for food, he’s got his nice glass of wine, and he’s bumming cigarettes from every tourist that passed.  you go boy.

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