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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -16:00:00 - 16:29:59

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We put it in at 4:00. "With tongs, place the chicken as is on a platter and present it to your guests. Let rest for 5 minutes, then carefully remove the chicken from the can. Careful! The beer will be very hot. Usually, we throw away the beer, but some like to use it in their barbecue sauce." Be careful with the sauce. —The sauce? —No, the beer. —Are the kids alone in the pool? —No. They told me that they weren't going swimming. —The boys are in the pool. —Hey, boys! I have to go watch them. —OK. —Cut my onions for me. —They're cut. That's a good trick, going outside to watch the kids. I'm stuck emptying the dishwasher. One of my colleagues introduced me to a TV series. It's not for everyone. It's a series called "Sons of Anarchy." Once you start watching it, it's hard to stop. He lent me the first four seasons. When you're watching a series while it's playing on TV, you have to watch one episode per week over four or five months. Once the episode is done, you have no choice but to wait until the next week to see what happens next, but when you have DVDs, it's hard to say no to watching the next episode. I ended up watching all five seasons of "Sons of Anarchy." Another colleague had downloaded the fifth season, so I was able to watch all five seasons of "Sons of Anarchy," which was excellent. Mr. Thibeault, thank you, that was a great find. My Bluetooth device isn't connecting, I don't know why. There's another device connected to it, that's why it's not working. —That's why it isn't working. Don't miss out on this, it's so exciting! Emptying the dishwasher. It has to be done at least once, if not twice a day in a household as big as ours. —Do you ever leave for extended periods of time? —No, my travel time is limited. I only go between Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. It's about 72 nautical miles, so it doesn't take long. The trips are on average six and a half hours long, so sometimes I'm gone for a little longer because I sleep in Quebec City. It doesn't make sense to come back to Trois-Rivières, I'd be too tired. Otherwise... Looks good. My beer can chicken is looking good. I used to leave for much longer, though. Before piloting, I sailed for seven years. During that time, I went on trips that lasted up to five and a half months long. When I left for my last long voyage, my oldest son Zachary was three weeks old. When I came back, he was five and a half months old. That was my last long voyage. After, I found coastal navigation jobs which were closer to home, and later I trained to become a pilot. My trips were then limited between Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. Let's try this again. Hello? Hello. Yes. OK. Évelyne Goulet. Yes. OK. Yes. It's the dog's hairdresser. Very important. OK. OK, perfect. 3740 Labossière, yes. Perfect. OK, thank you. Bye. The dog's hairdressing appointment is booked. We're in business. I'm going to tell Évelyne because she'll be bringing him. Évelyne! Is tomorrow morning alright for the dog? —What time? —8:30. —No, I'm working. —Drop him off on your way. —When would I pick him up? What time is your boat? —I'm embarking around 8:00 or 9:00. We'll go get him in the afternoon. —What? —We'll pick him up in the afternoon. —We can't leave him there all day. —I'll go when I wake up. I already told her we'd go. —You did? Did you tell her I'd be there a bit before 8:30? —Yes. —OK. I'm going to call back to confirm. Hi, this is Pierre Vallée. We just spoke. My wife is working tomorrow morning, can she come by a bit before 8:30? 7:30. Perfect. I could go pick him up in the early afternoon, is that too late for you? OK. When do you come back? Not really, no. Tomorrow was perfect. If you have to leave, do you have a cage? Couldn't you call me? If I can't be there before 12:30, can you call when you come back, and I'll go get him then? Yeah, OK. OK. OK. Well, never mind, then, we'll call back. Bye. We absolutely had to pick him up before 12:30, so I canceled. What did you want me to do? —She couldn't take him later? —Well, yes. She didn't tell me when, though. The kids are going fishing on Saturday morning. —With whom? —With Fred's hunting club. They're holding an event to promote fishing, so they're going with Sammy. —Where is it? —They're going with Sammy. Jo, Fic and Sammy. —You? —No, the boys. Pacific, Jo, and Sammy. That's it. If I have to work, can you go drop them off? They have to be there for 8:30. —Daddy? —Saturday morning. If I'm here I'll bring them. It's not for parents though, it's just kids. —Will Fred be there? —Yes. —He invited them? —Yes. —Sammy too? —Yes. —It's free, mom. Can Joey come too? —I don't think so, no. —Why not? —I only signed up the three of you. Sorry. —It doesn't matter. Where are they fishing? —In Bécancour. What is there to fish in Bécancour? —What? —What are they fishing? —Dolphins, great white sharks and... swordfish. Now you get to meet my other son, Zachary. Zachary is in grade 8. 14 years old, growing fast. Yesterday was the book launch for a project he undertook. He entered a contest which was called "Parler sans fausse note (Speaking in Tune)." Zachary came in third place. The project was to write a book that would promote the French language, as well as show their pride towards the city of Trois-Rivières. This is the book. It was launched yesterday. We're very proud of our son. Grandpa came, it was a lot of fun. Are you connected to the Samsung? —I don't know if I'm still connected. —I think you are because I couldn't connect myself earlier. —No, I'm not on it anymore. —Are you sure? —Yes. My bluetooth isn't on. I keep it off because it wastes battery. —That's true, but... —I'm going to Guillaume's. —When. —Now. —Why? —To play Call of Duty. —OK, but... —We're done everything, we have nothing to do before the weekend. —You have nothing left to do before the weekend? —Yeah. Tomorrow I'm staying home. —Why? —Because the field trip is tomorrow and I never brought in the paper. It's like, too late now. —Come on. Go anyway, they'll take you. —No, the buses are already filled, the schedule is made, who is going with whom. —Come on. That sucks. Sorry, it's habit. No, it wasn't me it was the kids. My wife always says that to me. I'll be right behind her coming into the house, she locks the door and says, "Sorry, it's habit." The kids locked it but it was too easy to say. This really doesn't work. What are you doing, Fic? The schedules are made and the buses are full? There's not even one open spot? —Yeah, everything's in the classroom and they sent everything to Val-Cartier to order the tickets so that no one waits over there. —That sucks. —I know. I told mom I had to bring it in for the 17th, she said we'd do it in the morning, then we forgot about it. —You didn't think of it? —No. —That sucks. —Call me on my cell when you want me to come back. —OK. —Dad? —Yeah, OK. —OK. Bye. Bye. Dad? —What? —Come, quick! You put cans in the barbecue? —They're melting. They're melting! —What? —Look! —What? What's melting? That's just the fat dripping. Don't touch this anymore, OK? Don't open it. What? —Can Joe eat supper here? —I think so. —I'm going to call my mom to let her know. —You have to ask your mom, Joey. She wanted you to be home for 4:45. —OK, I'll ask her. I'm going to go do my homework and come back. —OK, go. She wanted you home by 4:45. —What time is it now? —4:28. —It's 4:30. You can stay for five more minutes. Did you see Zach? —Why? —He can't go on the field trip tomorrow. —Why not? —The buses are full, the schedules are made, the names have been sent to Val-Cartier for the tickets. —Who said that? —Him. —He called you? —He was here. He was in the garage earlier. —Really? I didn't see him. So, what is he going to do? —Stay here. Hey, guys! No. Don't take that out, Pacific. —Joey's hungry. —Joey's going home in five minutes. —I don't think he'll complain. Pierre, it's time to take them out. —I don't even know what they are. —Yum! —I didn't know they were in there. I thought it was tater tots. Be careful, Jo, they're boiling hot. —It's hot! —How long will it take you to finish your homework? —He came here to tell you that? —Yes, now he's gone to Guillaume's. —He went to Guillaume's? —Yes. —When is he coming back? —When we call him. —He's staying here tomorrow? —I don't know. Yes. —I don't think he'll complain. —Me neither. It sucks, though. —It's freezing outside, Pierre. —They're predicting good weather for tomorrow. It's nice out today. —It's OK. There's nothing he can do? Can't he at least go to the Old prison? I don't know, but if he's just going to the Old prison... Come on, Fic! Walk properly. —What are you doing? —Me? I'm trying to connect the Bluetooth. —You're not putting on your music, are you? —Yes. Hey, Joey? We don't argue with moms here. —Yeah, I know. —If your mom tells you to go home, you have to go home, OK? —Yeah, I know. —Good. Did you turn down the volume? —No. —OK. Are you leaving now? —Yes. —OK, perfect. —Joe, are you allowed? —At least it's working now. The sound is really good for such a small speaker. It's my Christmas gift that sounds so good. —Did you check the chicken? —Yes. It looks good. Joaquin was worried, he thought the cans were melting. I told him not to worry. I think you dropped a stick, Joey. Joey? I think you dropped something. Look at that. Look. Don't my chickens look good? And the can didn't melt. —The can didn't melt, we're good. Joey, you have to go. You'll be late. —Yeah, I was getting my stuff. —OK. Évelyne, I think... —What? The cheese disappeared. —No it didn't.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 70
Posted by: globallives on Oct 1, 2013

Pierre prepares dinner and empties the dish washer. He checks information on this laptop and makes an appointment on the phone for with his dog's hairdresser. He presents his oldest son Zachary and his award winning art project.

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. 

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