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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -03:00:00 - 03:39:59

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The first time I asked my wife out we went to see a... Supertramp tribute show. So whenever we hear these songs...uh... it takes us back... to 20...21 years...21 years... ago... to 1992. —First romantic date? —Yep yep yep! But...at that time... my wife thought I was too serious... —Oh, yea? —So... —Does she find you less serious now? —It's been more than two years now that she finds me less serious. In 92, I find you serious... but in 94...you're just fine. —It was she who changed you, too. —Huh? —She changed you, too. —Nah, maybe. But...uh... —Yeah, I know. —Because she realized that she was losing... the good part so...—Ah. —I explained it to the people on the boat but...uh... At the time we started going out together and I was still sailing, in those days... well uh...the means of communication...we didn't have... They weren't as developed as they are today...and uh... my...my boat, was on the North Sea... so uh... The company that I worked for was a French company... so, she sent the mail...she sent the mail to Bordeaux... And the people there...they arranged to have it sent... to the boat...depending on where it was. And uh... it was on the North Sea and then later we left for Martinique. So...uh...we wrote each other a lot in those days... but we didn't go out together. And...uh...at one point... enough was enough. So, she wrote me a letter saying that... if you're ready, I'd like to spend some time together. And uh... from the time that she sent the letter... to the time that I got it, three long weeks passed... But after that, another... almost two and a half months went by... before we saw each other. So... no news for about 2 months to 2 months and a week. I received the letter, the one she put in the mail on the 28th of September... when I arrived in Fort de France in Martinique. And we only saw each other on the 2nd of December when I landed... 2 months or so later. —It was an old fashioned romance. Yep...yep...yep...exactly. In those days, I...I left for... much longer periods of time. On that trip... I was gone for 5 and a half months. And...uh... It was a....it was my longest... embarkation. And...uh... after that my second longest... I think, was when Zachary was born. When I left...Zachary was three weeks old. When I came back, he was 5 and a half months old. So...that's... those were...some...some long embarkations. Now...uh... I leave the house at 8 pm...and uh... by 3:30, 3:45, I'm home. So, its not terribly long these days. Uh...We had to make some sacrifices in those days. —Yeah. It was precious time. —Today, at 14, he doesn't remember and... most of the time, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to see me leave for 3-4 months. I don't know how you want to arrange it. Earlier, he just... filmed the door. —Yes. —And uh... after that, well, I don't know... I woke up, and uh...the filming continued uh... —And earlier, when he filmed the door, was it the front door or the... door in your house...your bedroom door? —The one in my house, my bedroom door. —Yep, that's it. So later, we're going to film when you get home and take care of the kids. —Yep, that's it. Perfect. —And later, uh... well...when you get home do you...uh... do you watch TV or you go right to brushing your teeth... I'm not sure. What do you normally do? —Yeah, when I get home, I watch a little bit of TV... sometimes with a gin and tonic. And uh...after that I go get changed...uh... and brush my teeth. I spend some time with the family. About an hour, hour and a half in the kitchen. And, the oldest, won't be waking up with us this morning...because... he had a field trip...and uh... at the last minute, he forgot to bring home his paper. But...uh...It's for the best because Zachary is worn out... and...uh... He won Star Academy's "Speak Without Missing a Beat" contest... a year and a half ago. And...uh...I mean...he got third place. And his project was to... take the students from his school... downtown... and then to write a composition about... what they saw during their outing. And...uh... it's a project that he submitted... to the Star Academy team. And...uh... his project was chosen. And...um... he came in third...which meant... a 5 thousand dollar scholarship for the financial institution... uh...academic institution. And...um...the the Saint-Joseph of Trois-Rivières Seminary... who went on the outing. Each student wrote a composition. They didn't take all the students... on the trip downtown because the logistics made it...uh... difficult. So, each student wrote a composition...in class... and they chose they best one... by each...for each class. So, there were 26 groups out of which 26 compositions were chosen. Those 26... went on the outing downtown for a day... to explore and to polish up their writing. There were photographers... who joined the group. And...uh... they made a book with them. The book launch took place the day before yesterday. So, Zacahary...uh...since...uh... about a week ago has done nothing but get ready for... the book lauch....and prepare himself because... he has to speak in front of the journalists... at the press conference in the afternoon... and also in front of the guests at night, at the launch. Um...they made a... they really did quality work. It's very good. The compositions range from 8th grade to 12th grade. So...uh...there's a bit of a gap.... in the compositions, because the students... are in different grades... but uh...the 8th grade writing as well as... the 12 grade writing, is very well done. And the...the...the theme is... uh..."Trois-Rivières, You Inspire Me." So, all the compositions are about Trois-Rivières. And, the mayor was there, along with his staff, and it was frankly... very nice. In fact, the seminary put out a small article... for the kids to show when they got home. Yeah, yeah, yeah and uh... he's 14 years old so, sometimes, from time to time...uh... he needs to sleep... past his...his...normal alarm. So, uh... he'll do that tomorrow. Zachary has his room in the basement...so... he wont be bothered tomorrow morning. However, its Thursday... the day the cleaning lady comes... so you'll get to meet the cleaning lady. Because that...that's a...that's a luxury we treat ourselves to...uh... with the...uh...My wife works.... and I work...uh... I like when things are clean and my wife is not very domestic... so the compromise is... Mrs. Boisvert. —It's the same for me. —Oh yeah? —My husband is Mr. Spic and Span... —Ok. —I'm a bit lazy. So the compromise is... having someone come also. —Exactly. What we're probably going to do when you go to sleep, in all actuality, is that he'll have the camera... and we'll just film the door. —Ok. —Then, we'll just pretty much wrap it up... with the sunset. We'll probably go film outside... the...the...the changing sky behind your house. —I have a spot. I've got a patio out back. You can set up there. But, the sun rises in front of the house. The only thing I'll ask of you, is to pay attention to the dog. We have a dog and a cat, and the dog he uh... the minute he sees an opening, he has a tendency to take off. The cat doesn't go outside, but he's not used to it. He's a young kitten that we've had for...about two months. —Who wakes up first? —Uh... It's always me, absolutely. When...when...I don't have a boat or I'm on leave...uh... I always get up between 5 and 5:45. I take a shower as soon as I get up. The two younger kids, they usually take their showers... the night before. And...uh... after that they come into the bathroom to get ready. And...uh...Zachary... uses the basement bathroom. So...uh...he's lucky. He has his bedroom downstairs and uh... he has his bathroom to himself. So...uh...he doesn't have a whole lot of traffic in the bathroom. —So, this morning, what time do you think someone will wake up? —Well...uh...around...uh...6:15, 6:30. The two younger kids leave for school between 7:30... and 7:50. We normally get up earlier, because Zachary leaves at 7:10. So, uh... Even though he's 14 years old, I like to be there when...uh... when he gets up, has his toast, chit-chats with his mother. Even though sometimes, the discussion, uh... ends up being no more than a few grunts. Uh...oh yea...

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 58
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Pierre drives his car at night on the highway between Quebec and Trois Rivieres.

This is part of a 24-hour recording of a day in the life of Pierre Vallée, who works as a commercial ship pilot on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. This forms part of the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience.



This video was produced by Karen Vanderborght, Catherine Genest, Rébecca Lavoie, Ariane Lorrain, Marianne Ploska, Patrick Pearce and Yanie Dupont-Hébert. 



For more information please visit globallives.org.

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