Since I live in Tennessee, the tornadoes that slammed the state are big news here today. Apparently they are big news in Quebec as well, because today the Quebecois equivalent of CNN called my in-laws' house here in Knoxville looking for news of the weather. My father in law is French and my mother in law is American but she speaks French like a native. (I guess the French consulate helped the station find French people in Tennessee.)

Anyway, so this reporter calls their house and asks to speak to my father in law, Jean Pierre. My mother in law told him that he wasn't home and asked if she could take a message. The reporter explained that they wanted someone to explain to their viewers in French via a television interview what weather damage they could see from their own home. My mother in law explained that there was no weather damage that she could see. The reporter persisted, apparently believing that Tennessee is so small that everyone who lives within the state's borders should be seeing destruction out their kitchen windows.

This reminds me of the time I traveled to Egypt and everyone I met, upon learning that I was American, would ask me whether I was from "New York or California."