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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."

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February 17, 2007

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Now I am super curious what you actually do for a living. I never go anywhere that interesting.

I promise you that a) my job is not that exciting and b) this project was HIGHLY out of the ordinary.

Yeah, I'm curious as well... Claire, are you a spy??? And just how old are you REALLY??? Are you the female version of Doogie Howser? Did you get your PhD at 14?

Claire, are you a spy??? And just how old are you REALLY??? Are you the female version of Doogie Howser? Did you get your PhD at 14?

hahahaha... no I'm only 25, I swear. I work for a social science research company. It's normally not that glamorous. And really, I was a glorified copy monkey for 2 months.

That's very interesting nevertheless, Claire.

I just read about a Fullbright Professor from the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst who is in Qatar. He is able to pass over the wall between the men's and women's colleges and he is making great strides with the women in his classes.

A social science research company? Hmm. Don't mind me. I always think everyone's a spy, everyone, that is, but me.

my friend margaret is running around afghanistan right now, and did some country-stats on her blog today - (http://www.imcworldwide.org/blog/afghanistan/) so I know that there are 190,000 camels in Afghanistan. Which is pretty cool.

Sounds like an interesting experience, even if a bit depressing at the time. I'm always jealous of people who've had the opportunity to travel for work...although I do get to go to Chicago this summer, but that's really it in terms of travel :)

Actually, AG, the project I worked on had to do with some of the educational reforms that are occuring in Qatar. We were looking at the primary and secondary schools there. Lots of interesting things are happening there.

Amy, I'm going to have to check out your friend's blog. Sounds fascinating. This was the only travel I've done for my job. (Though I'm going to a prof conference in LA in May, which I'm kind of excited about.)

Grasshopper, I swear I'm not a spy. At least I don't THINK I am!

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