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Day 164: Be A Slut for Halloween.

Illustration by Angéline Mélin

Last night, we were with Aurélien's friend Hélène at her place up near Père Lachaise for wine, cheese, and chitchat. She's one of Aurel's friends I absolutely love. She is just full of joie de vivre and always have a good giggle with her. After settling into the night, I pulled out my laptop to check my Facebook, which I don't usually do when I'm with other friends, it was just that I was waiting for a message from my cousin who was going to be in town soon.

As Hélène passed by to open another bottle of Bordeaux (because one is never enough), she couldn't help but notice the computer screen. "Is that porn?" she asked as she grabbed her reading glasses. I looked up at her with a confused chuckle, "No, this is a Halloween Party photo album of a friend of a friend in the US," I said with a nonchalant shrug. "These are just costumes."  The look on Zoé's face of confusion and horror was priceless. "Costumes?! What costumes? Elles sont nues!" she said in genuine shock at the fact that they were all naked...and drunk. If you haven't picked up on the accents in her name, but Hélène is French and her suspicions that American girls being total whores on Halloween were instantly confirmed. These are the cultural differences and stereotypes that I just thrive off of.

Hélène insisted on seeing the rest of the photos after topping off our wine glasses. I took great pleasure in showing her slutty French maids (which got a huffy oh là là là), a slutty Snow White doing shots, a slutty cat who appeared to be dry-humping Luigi from Super Mario Brothers and her two personal favorites a slutty naked bear surrounded by a crew of whored-out beer cans. "Un ours pétasse!" she shrieked at the site of the naked "bear". "Rabbit, I understand. Cat, I get but slutty bears and beer cans? Non, c'est pas vrai!"

After fishing around the album a bit more and reading the comments, we had discovered that the "slutty bear" got the memo wrong and was supposed to also be part of the slutty beer can posse. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard that it hurt. "Americans mix up beer and bear often?" Hélène sincerely inquired, wanting to know if we were being unjust to this poor girl who fell victim to drunk girls in Paris stalking her Facebook page. "No, no we don't! Never!" I said with tears of laughter streaming down my face.

I needed a good laugh like this. This was the first time this year that I had a really good one and it felt great. Due to the fact that I'm going away to the Loire, I will be missing out on the Halloween 'fun' that is non-existent in Paris, but I plan on dressing up for work on Friday. I'm torn between slutty tax office assistant or bitch from New York. Tough call.

Happy Halloween everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Haha love it! Also kudos to you for making French friends! I'm trying to be in Paris this weekend actually! Any recommendations? I don't think I'll be dressed up though...

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  2. I have a handful of French friends, most of them are guys who give the best relationship advice ever! They are so blunt!

    This weekend? Bummer! I'd say meet a blogger but she'll be in Loire Valley this weekend! The restos and cafes on my 'Ella's Paris' link are some of my fave spots in P-Town or check out the other big bloggers for cool spots. :)

    Have fun!

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  3. MDR!!!! Trop marrant!

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  4. Thanks Ella! I *may* be in Paris.. that or Barcelona. I just want to make it to Paris before autumne ends. There's the TGV here in Grenoble so I plan to visit every once in a while. I will be sure to use your list when I visit; merci!
    Dana

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  5. Oooh and I cannot wait to hear about your echappée belle in the Loire Valley!

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  6. Definitely go as New York bitch... or you could go Mean Girls style... lingerie with some sort of animal ears on... "I'm a mouse, duh"

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  7. @Sara Louise - I was just explaining that scene to my boyfriend last night! I love how the dad is awkwardly taking pictures of Regina like bent over in her slut bunny costume! I love that movie.

    @Dana - I'm sure something Ella-esque will happen this weekend but i vowed no blogging on vacation, so I'll have to catch up when i get back on Monday. boo (double meaning here).

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  8. ahhh the infamous American halloween salopes, so sad how desensitized we are to this idea in the states. I love your friends reactions, good stuff. I can see why you were laughing so hard.

    love MakeUp Art By Sabrina

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