Friday, April 17, 2015

Robin Hood, Italian Style
Well, the good news is that my student Roberto did not think that it was weird at all that I told his son I was keeping an eye out for him and he was sort of touched by it, I think. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you have to read the earlier posts because I am way too tired to explain the whole thing again. But here is the great part: Roberto came in 4th out of 72 crossbow competitors and his photo was even featured in the local paper, La Gazzetta di Lucca.

That's Roberto on the far right.

Not to be confused with this guy. (Although, secretly, this is how I always picture him.)
Or this guy.
Or even him.





In other news, our saintly and good landlord, Signor Paoletti, came by and said that he would put in extra thick windows for us so that noise won't be a problem for us in the future. Unfortunately, he said it would take a few months to order the right kind of glass because we are in Italy, that's why. He also was kind enough to go down and visit our new neighbors who were super charming and who won him over with their mega-adorable twins. The moment he left, some new beetles came out of their corners to die. Valentina, who hasn't slept for more than two hours straight in five years, then called the exterminators back and they gave her two possible scenarios.

 The first scenario is that the problem is basically over and that since there are no more bugs in the traps in their apartment, the last beasties are just coming out to die. The other scenario is that it is a mega infestation, and that, really, her whole apartment should be gutted, although her landlords would never pay for it. That is when a regrettable thing happened. That is when the stoic and calm Valentina, the actual victim of the whole sad living situation, sat at my table while I dissolved into an ugly cry that would make even a Real Housewife of New York CIty turn away in shame. So that happened. She was of Signor Paoletti and F's shared opinion that I should sit tight and wait because my apartment doesn't have any bugs and hasn't for months and that I shouldn't do anything rash because I have good heating and the best landlord ever, which is hard to find in these parts.

I googled Signor Paoletti and this picture came up. I'm just going to go with it.


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