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OK. Be honest now. No telling porkies, as we'll know... who is watching who here?

Ha, ha. I know all these random factoids about this lady because I see the "bye, bye mommy" scene from my balcony while I'm finishing my coffee a lot of mornings. The other stuff because she invited my husband over one time (before I arrived) to meet her son, a student at the local university. My husband is a professor there where her son goes.
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She likes doilies. And decorative wreaths.
And is seeking a male companion for company and fine dining and who enjoys visiting museums and art galleries.
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Re: Nosy "concierge"--Mind your own beeswax (French)

so typical it's scary. i have a neighbor in my new building who has exactly that in her future (now she just walks her 20 year old to and from the metro stop). pushy, talkative and blablabla.

i bank on the excuse that they think i'm an outsider already, so if i don't make small talk or rush away they'll at least think it's part of my outsiderness- this way i don't have to change just as i don't expect them to change how they are. our neighbor makes any excuse to come in (weird) but i say no and maybe one day i will invite her in but when i feel like it, not when she barges in. you have every right to have a relaxing and enjoyable place to come home to, don't let her take that from you. good luck!
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Ha, ha. I know all these random factoids about this lady because I see the "bye, bye mommy" scene from my balcony while I'm finishing my coffee a lot of mornings. The other stuff because she invited by husband over one time (before I arrived) to meet her son, a student at the local university. My husband is a professor there where her son goes.
something like that but he's only 28

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Beware of the dog sign ?
and perhaps a seperate sign for her door labelled "The Dog"
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*puts on national cape and assumes SuperMan pose*

Though portuguese people might be nosey in the sense of having a long nose, it is not normal to be rudely nosey. Portuguese women are usually quite nice, but those of an advance age tend to pick a conversation with the neighbours for the sake of company ('coz, as my dear German better half says, we talk too much (even for women) ). But plain rudeness was never a cliché associated to us!

Hehe, don't let the normal stereotyping on EF fool you.

If you read my post correctly 75% of the (portuguese) concierges were not (50%) or not particularly (25%) nosey. And 50% of them were "exceedingly nice". Plus that was just my personal experience.
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Hehe, don't let the normal stereotyping on EF fool you.
You don't need to worry I always take EF posts with a little grain of salt and a little bit of humour. I'm the first one to make fun of my own origins
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Old 07.07.2011, 19:07
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If it's any consolation, my Swiss husband who lived in the US for 22yrs,(here 2 yrs) is a bit "perturbed by what's happened to his country". This is due to "all the foreigners" who moved here. Hmm, wonder where that leaves me? He says I don't count, I'm "married to a Swiss". (Sure, tell that to all the Swiss people in Coop, who looks at me in that same tone of voice).
That is very funny from a guy who has been foreigner is whole life!

But Switzerland is special.....
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Re: Nosy "concierge"--Mind your own beeswax (French)

I think you should put one of these on the door. With any luck you will be labeled as a complete nutter and left alone.


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I think you should put one of these on the door. With any luck you will be labeled as a complete nutter and left alone.


Sadly, I am quite familiar with this gentleman. I gave one to my crazy Uncle Charlie one year for Christmas. He even sings the ol' gospel favorite "Take me to the river." Uncle Charlie loves singing animals.
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Sadly, I am quite familiar with this gentleman. I gave one to my crazy Uncle Charlie one year for Christmas. He even sings the ol' gospel favorite "Take me to the river." Uncle Charlie loves singing animals.
omg i gave that to my papa. he loved it too and still has it in his office!
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Re: Nosy "concierge"--Mind your own beeswax (French)

The French seem to be a very expressive bunch. There is this one hand signal...not sure if I remember correctly, but it's when you extend you arm, fist facing the sky and raise your middle finger. It means, I think you're cool..but please stop getting on my case.

On a more serious note, I don't think you can get a break from this lady...I'm not a fan of fighting fire with fire (and by no means do I condone such blatant vulgarity)..but sometimes it's required to take more drastic measures.
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OK. Be honest now. No telling porkies, as we'll know... who is watching who here?

Just because someone is paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you.
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The French seem to be a very expressive bunch. There is this one hand signal...not sure if I remember correctly, but it's when you extend you arm, fist facing the sky and raise your middle finger. It means, I think you're cool..but please stop getting on my case.

On a more serious note, I don't think you can get a break from this lady...I'm not a fan of fighting fire with fire (and by no means do I condone such blatant vulgarity)..but sometimes it's required to take more drastic measures.
I think I finally figured out what you mean...is this it?

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If it's any consolation, my Swiss husband who lived in the US for 22yrs,(here 2 yrs) is a bit "perturbed by what's happened to his country". This is due to "all the foreigners" who moved here. Hmm, wonder where that leaves me? He says I don't count, I'm "married to a Swiss". (Sure, tell that to all the Swiss people in Coop, who looks at me in that same tone of voice).
Show me one country that hasn't changed in the last 20 years as people become more mobile and communication becomes easier than mailing a letter that arrives two weeks later. Who wants to live in a time warp anyway?

This is the husband that didn't want to come back here anyway, right? Has it occurred to you that he may be trying to justify the fact that he didn't want to come back here anyway and to point out to you that he was right all along and you should have listened to him?

Anyway, I would try and lose the chip on your shoulder, it may make things easier....
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The landlord (gerance) even hates this woman--that's what he told my husband when he came over with the contracts!
That would have been enough for me to walk away. I have many clients living in apartments where the Hauswart lives on site. I always ask the agency about the Hauswart. I have never been told anything negative. My experience in all cases is that these people work very hard, and are extremely helpful to my clients and me. I would say they go out of their way to help my clients wherever possible.

Constantly knocking on someone's door is rude. My advice is to appear to be talking on the phone when you answer the door. As a concierge if she has something to tell you she can leave a note in your letterbox.

I suggest you get something used in a hotel to hang on the door that says "Please DO NOT DISTURB". (in French - ne pas déranger svp). I can't imagine she would knock with such a sign hanging.

You need to put a stop to this. Do you need something with perfect French to tell her to stop bothering you? This is bordering on harrassment and I think she needs to be told, in writing, to leave you alone.
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Okay, so the lady in my building who organizes the laundry room time and does other stuff like clean the stairs (the "concierge") is incredibly intrusive. Furthermore, I have the super bad luck of having the apartment facing hers. I know, it's Europe and people are way more up in your business (my husband is Italian so I'm not new to that whole thing). But anyway, this lady is always knocking on my door to get into my business, which is annoying, and also makes rude passive-aggressive comments. Like one day my husband and I were leaving with a carry on suitcase and she said something like, "Why don't you go ahead and take that back to America?" Most recently, she rang my bell to ask me if I had purchased the vignette for my bicycle because it's the law. (NONE of her business!--But, yes I had.)

So, my question is: how do I tell her to mind her own business...in French. But not too vulgar. Thanks!
i would just say to her: "De quoi je me mêle? Fichez nous la paix avec vos histoires!"
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Re: Nosy "concierge"--Mind your own beeswax (French)

Oh, god. The ridiculousness continues.

Yesterday, she told us to get kickstands for our bicycles, which we did (every time we see this person she tells us one more way that we do not meet with her expectations). And we came home and put our bicycles on the new kickstands (not the kind that attach to the bike, the kind on the floor). This afternoon we discover that she has moved our bicycles to another part of the bicycle room (a much, much less convenient location, behind all of the bikes that never get used and we use our bicycles daily, to commute to work).

What's more: she put a do not disturb note on HER door.

Yeah, my husband is going to talk to her, now. Basically, to tell her if she ever touches our property again without asking that will open the door to a reciprocal "friendliness".

We may also follow this up with a strongly worded letter to the gerance with this and the fact that she gives all of her "friends" in the building weekly washing machine times (versus bimonthly) and all the evening slots to people who don't work. That and the harassment.
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Tearly, enough is enough! Just don't take any more of that kind of treatment.
I'm in Lausanne and will willingly join your gang to help sort her out.
Just send me a private message and I'll be there.
I'm getting on a bit, but can still pack a punch, especially verbally, and in franglais too.
We're very lucky with the concierge we have now, but have had some pretty unpleasant ratbags in the past.
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Oh, god. The ridiculousness continues.

Yesterday, she told us to get kickstands for our bicycles, which we did (every time we see this person she tells us one more way that we do not meet with her expectations). And we came home and put our bicycles on the new kickstands (not the kind that attach to the bike, the kind on the floor). This afternoon we discover that she has moved our bicycles to another part of the bicycle room (a much, much less convenient location, behind all of the bikes that never get used and we use our bicycles daily, to commute to work).

What's more: she put a do not disturb note on HER door.

Yeah, my husband is going to talk to her, now. Basically, to tell her if she ever touches our property again without asking that will open the door to a reciprocal "friendliness".

We may also follow this up with a strongly worded letter to the gerance with this and the fact that she gives all of her "friends" in the building weekly washing machine times (versus bimonthly) and all the evening slots to people who don't work. That and the harassment.
Wow! That sounds like a biatch! I think the letter to the gerance is a very good idea.
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